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National Archives and Records Admin. Boston

The National Archives Northeast Region - Boston is the repository for official U.S. government historical records for the New England States. These holdings date from the founding of the early national government and contain details on the actions and decisions of government officials and include records related to slavery and the status of blacks in America. The court and customs records document the Atlantic slave trade; additional federal court records include cases related to fugitive slaves. Among these records are the famous cases of La Amistad and the Shadrack Minkins fugitive slave case. Less famous, yet of great significance are additional fugitive slave cases and customs records documenting human cargo and contemporary sentiment. The military records of the Mass 54th and 55th Volunteer (Colored) Regiments and the records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands on micofilm extend the documentation of this aspect of African American history into the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: Northeast Region, 380 Trapelo Rd, Waltham, 02452

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Priscilla Foley

Location Type: Facility