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Boston City Archives Collection

"Nothing can defeat the heart of this city."
-Former City of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino


The Boston City Archives Collection at Our Marathon

In the days, weeks, and months that followed the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, countless messages of support reached the city from across the globe. Many people left messages, posters, and other items at a makeshift memorial in Copley Square.

Last spring, the Boston City Archives gathered these items in order to preserve the historical record of this unprecedented outpouring of support.Thanks to the tremendous efforts of its staff, as well as a generous donation of time and resources made by Iron Mountain, the Boston City Archives has digitized these items.

Where to Start

Copley Square Memorial

Explore photos of the items left at the Copley Square Memorial

Letters to the City

Read letters sent to the City of Boston from around the world