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U.S. History


Boston History

This is a guide to scholarly research and primary source collections related to United States history. Subpages include Boston history, Indigenous people's histories, Caribbean history, as well as African American History.

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This page is currently under construction and far from complete. If you notice broken links or have suggestions, please write the subject librarian an e-mail. 

What's on This Page

    Boston 1899 from LOCCaption: Downes, Albert E. “Boston 1899.” Map. Boston: Geo. H. Walker & Co., 1899.

    Digital Boston

    Large Digital Collections

    Data & Statistics



    Maps of Boston

    News from/about Boston

    For historical newspapers and television, visit BC Libraries' Historical News page.

    Repositories and Archives: Local

    For details about BC's own archives and special collections, see the Burns Library page on their Boston collections. Other local archival repositories that are potentially useful include:

    Personal Papers

    Urban History

    For more Boston-related collections and information, visit BC Libraries' Boston History page.

    Burns Box


    In our very own special collections library (Burns), you'll find a selection of material on your topic. Consider visiting the library and seeing history in your hands. To do so, you should start by searching for material through BC Libraries' catalog and then ordering it (if you haven't registered, you'll be prompted). For a guide on the process, check out the "Finding Burns Material" page.  You might also check out the following recommendations: 

    For additional help

    For additional recommendations, contact your subject liaison (Dr. Bee Lehman) at or schedule an appointment with them.