Boston Archives at Waltham branch of National Archives U.S.

The Boston Archives is located in Waltham, just outside the downtown area of Boston. This archive houses genealogy and historical records for research and is a Federal Records Center.

Records for genealogy research and historical interest are: Census Records 1790-1930. Naturalizations records of new American citizens from these states: Connecticut, Maine,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont from 1790-1970's.

Ship passenger lists for: New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia and a few other ports. Canadian Border Crossings.

There are some featured documents from the National Archives, Northeast Region:

The Ship Mount Vernon, records of a Salem Vessel in 1803.
The von Trapp Family in Federal Records, copies of part of the documents are on
the website. I looked at one document that had a picture of Maria von Trapp.


Volunteer Opportunities

The National Archives at Boston depends on its volunteers, who commit their own time in service to the agency and the American people. All volunteers complete a Volunteer Application Form and when accepted, undergo a thorough background check.  All volunteers must be American Citizens.

Volunteer opportunities exist in the following area

Genealogy Research Assistant

Assist visitors with genealogy research, most of which is online. This may include conduction research in response to inquiries.  Requires attention to detail, knowledge of genealogy and historical research, specifically with online genealogy research programs, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, especially patience and understanding when working with the public and novice researchers.

Archival Projects Assistant

Assists staff in the preservation and description of historical 19th and 20th -century federal records. Suitable only for those with capabilities for hands-on-work with historic records. Training in preservation archival practices is provide. Requires strict attention to detail, ability to handle delicate records, an interest in American history. May require work with electronic databases.

How to Apply

for more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator:
National Archives at Boston.
380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, Massachusetts 02452

Give volunteering at the Boston Archives.

Added Information:

Toll Free Telephone: (866) 406-2379
Telephone: (781) 663-0144
Fax: (781) 663-0154

Reference (Computer/Microfilm)
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Ref. Room Extended Hours (Computer/Microfilm)
Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Research (Original Records)
Mondday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.
Original records are not pulled after 3:45 p.m.

Acessibility: Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
some files in this format are downloadable.
Also their are documents in PowerPoint and Word Files
that are downloadable.

Click on the single word Boston below and it will take you to the NARA Page for this archive.

NOTE: Free WiFi, available in our public research room.
Reminder to our researchers: The National Archives has 10 business days to respond to all off-site reference requests.
Archives are closed weekends and Federal Holidays.

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