Judith Lucey is the Assistant Archivist at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston. This 163-year-old institution has an eight story building in downtown Boston, full of many treasures for genealogists and historians. While the multi-story library appeals to all, some of the best gems are stored in the Archives Collection.
Thanks to Roots Television, I had a chance to talk with Judith about this collection as she described just a few of the many items available. The Archives Collection consumes more than one-mile of shelf space so she was unable to describe EVERYTHING in the collection in a 12-minute video. However, she did describe a great sampling of the many items available on Floor 5A.
The Society started collecting items in 1845 and has since collected tens of thousands of unpublished manuscripts, photographs, samplers, paintings, diaries, family Bibles, maps, and much more. The oldest item in the collection is from England from the 14th century. Judith even brought along one of the more famous photographs in the collection.
Roots Television created a video of our conversation that you can watch now on your computer at http://www.rootstelevision.com/players/player_conferences.php?bctid=1811559656.