Archives Guide ~ Annexed cities and towns (1xxx)

Historical note


The following cities and towns were annexed to Boston: City of Roxbury (1868); Town of Dorchester (1870); City of Charlestown (1874); Town of Brighton (1874); Town of West Roxbury (1874); and Town of Hyde Park (1912). Records of annexed cities and towns can also be found in the Boston Public Library.




1300.001 Roxbury, City of 1768-1868 (Bulk, 1821-1868) 22 record cartons and 271 volumes

Scope and Contents note
Records of the Town and City of Roxbury prior to annexation to Boston in 1868. Includes Selectmen and City Council records, tax records, financial records, City Clerk filings, Census records, City Documents and publications.

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1100.001 Dorchester, Town of 1784-1870 (Bulk, 1806-1870) 35 document cases, 145 volumes, 6 flat boxes, 2 publication boxes and 1 flat file

Scope and Contents note
Records of the Town of Dorchester prior to annexation to Boston in 1870. Includes tax records, town proceedings, financial records, military records and town reports.

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1400.001 West Roxbury, Town of 1851-1874 4 record cartons and 59 volumes

Scope and Contents note
Records of the Town of West Roxbury prior to annexation to Boston in 1874. Includes tax records, financial records and town reports.

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1200.001 Charlestown, City of 1725-1874 12 record cartons and 153 volumes

Scope and Contents note
Records of the Town and City of Charlestown prior to annexation to Boston in 1874. Includes tax records, financial records, militia records, town reports and publications. Also includes manuscript records of the Selectmen, Overseers of the Poor and Fire Department.

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1500.001 Brighton, Town of 1823-1873 30 volumes, 1 document case and 3 oversized flat boxes

Scope and Contents note
Records of the Town of Brighton prior to annexation to Boston in 1874. Includes tax records, financial records, town reports and publications.

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1600.001 Hyde Park, Town of 1868-1912 150 volumes and 7 record cartons

Scope and Contents note
Records of the Town of Hyde Park prior to annexation to Boston in 1912. Includes tax records, town proceedings, financial records, voter registrations and town reports.

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