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Boston Marathon

A guide to resources about the Marathon available at the BPL and beyond.


Because the BAA does not yet have a complete database of past participants in the marathon, searching through old newspapers is the best way to find information about the runners. The BPL subscribes to several databases that index old Boston newspapers that would have covered the race.

Image Credit:
2008 Boston Marathon
Henry Scannell


Other Resources at the BPL

  • The Research Services Department holds many newspapers on microfilm including several local newspapers which would have covered the Marathon over the years. You can see listings of our holdings in the LibGuide linked to below. The department also holds a collection of hard copies of approximately 40 local newspapers covering from the day of the bombing on April 15, 2013 to the capture of the remaining bomber on April 19, 2013. This collection also includes a hard copy of a special edition of the Boston Globe that was published on the one year anniversary of the bombing.

  • The Print Department maintains a collection of photographs some of which relate to the Boston Marathon. Many of them have been digitized and can be accessed through the BPL’s collection on Digital Commonwealth (link below.) Please be advised that the Print Department is currently closed to the public while they undertake a complete inventory of their collection. Limited remote reference service is available via