|Elizabeth checks out a document
at the National Library in Dublin
When the Bostonian Society was founded in 1881 it was charged with collecting artifacts related to all of Boston's history. That is a large task to undertake, and in recent years the Society has narrowed its mission to focus solely on 18th century Boston and the Old State House. However, the questions that I answer run the gamut of Boston history; for example, patrons want to know about Boston businesses in the 1900s, what their house or neighborhood was like in the 1800s, or about a Revolutionary event in the 1700s. I turn to our archival collection to assist patrons and regularly use primary sources like letters, ledgers, and financial records. While most of the reference requests that I receive are through email or mail, I do occasionally assist a researcher on site. I really enjoy seeing a patron examine one of the unique items in our collection, and the excitement that is evident when they find an answer to their research question.
|An Oath of Allegiance from 1778 |
currently on display in our library
As the Library and Archives Manager I strive to make our archival collection accessible through blog posts, reference requests, and exhibits. I love sharing the neat things in our collection with researchers and the general public. Please follow along on our blog, Facebook, and Instagram to "virtually" explore our archives as we celebrate Archives Month!
By Elizabeth Roscio, Library and Archives Manager