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Locating Boston School Records from the early 20th century.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist


I was wondering if I could obtain the Boston School records for my deceased parents?  My mother attended school in East Boston in the 1910's and 1920's.  I was not sure if these records survive or if I could legally request them.



If you can provide proof you are the child of the student you can acquire the records you seek.   The records of many of the old Boston Schools of the 19th and 20th century are held by the Boston City Archives.  You will want to supply your proof of relationship to the student; the name of the student; the student's date of birth; and the locations the student attended in Boston (ex: Dorchester, East Boston, South Boston, etc.)


Send your request to the Boston City Archives at:


Boston City Archives, 

201 Rivermoor Street
West Roxbury, Ma 02132


Or email any questions to:


New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 - 101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116, USA

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