Scope and Contents note
The City Council meeting and hearing transcripts span the years 1947-2015. This collection has been divided into 6 series: Series I - City Council debate; Series II - Committee hearing transcripts; Series III - Audiotape recordings; Series IV - Videotape recordings; Series V - DVD recordings; and Series VI - Digital recordings. Transcripts and recordings of City Council meetings and hearings are fairly complete from 1947-1970 and 1996-2015. There appears to be missing transcripts or recordings between 1970 and 1996 in all formats.
Series I includes verbatim transcriptions of the debate that occurred in the City Council meetings. Prior to 1947, the debate is included in the published minutes of the City Council. Chapter 447 of the Acts of 1947 allowed for the elimination from the proceedings of all debate of the City Council. The stenographic copy of such debate was filed in the City Clerk's office. This series includes the debate from 1947-1970. After 1970, this series includes only miscellaneous meeting transcriptions.
Series II includes verbatim transcriptions of City Council hearings from 1952-1983 filed chronologically. Consult the City Council proceedings to determine when specific hearings were held. This series also includes several non-City Council hearing transcripts.
Series III includes audiotape recordings of City Council hearings from 1979-1996 with gaps. This series does not appear to be a complete collection of recordings of all hearings held by the City Council. The recordings in the series are identified by topic. It is unclear at what point the City Council stopped producing stenographic transcripts and started relying on audiotape recordings of the hearings.
Series IV includes videotape recordings of City Council meetings and hearings from 1996 July-2009. The City Council began recording meetings and hearings on video in 1996. Series V includes DVD recordings of City Council meeting and hearings from 2003-2015. The City Council began recording meetings and hearings on DVD in 2003. From 2003-2009, there is some overlap with the videotapes. Check each series to locate a particular meeting or hearing. Series VI includes Digital recordings of Council meetings. Links are provided to the digital recordings stored in the digital repository.
- 1947-2017 with gaps
- From the Collection: Boston (Mass.). City Council (Organization)
From the Collection: 146.5 Cubic feet
Language of Materials
Part of the City of Boston Archives Repository
201 Rivermoor St.
West Roxbury MA 02132 United States