Boston Public Library
Social Sciences Department
2nd Floor, McKim Building, Central Library
617-859-2261

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About the Social Sciences Department

The Social Sciences Department maintains and provides service for a reference collection covering the following subject areas:
Anthropology, archaeology
Biography
Coins, medals, and heraldry
Criminology
Economics
Education
Family and women’s studies
Geography
History, Genealogy
Nonprofits
Numismatics
Recreation
Political science and politics
Social Philosophies
Societies and organizations
Sociology, social history, and social work
Sports
Transportation
Travel
Volunteer opportunities

Among the many highlights of the Social Sciences Department are the genealogy and local histories resources. The separate genealogy catalog provides annotated records of many of the family histories in the library’s collection. Social Sciences also maintains a genealogy vertical file that includes newsletters (from family associations and genealogical societies) and unpublished family histories. The vital records prior to 1850 for many Massachusetts cities and towns are housed in Social Sciences. Also available is full access to the Family Search and Ancestry.com databases.