Our Unity

Almost immediately after the bombings at the Boston Marathon, letters began pouring into the Mayor’s office from around the world. Often addressed to “The People of Boston” or beginning “Dear Boston,” these letters responded to the bombings and subsequent manhunt and often expressed solidarity, love, and hope for the city.
Nearly 2,000 letters were sent to the City of Boston by people from all over the world and were collected by the Boston City Archives. The letters and cards were scanned by Iron Mountain, a records management company that generously donated their time and resources, ensuring that digital copies of these letters can remain accessible via Our Marathon's website. Iron Mountain and the Boston City Archives continue to provide secure storage for the physical items.

Collage of Letters from Calabasas High School to Adrianne Haslet-Davis (California)
Calabasas High School to Adrianne Haslet-Davis
Card from a woman at the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center
The Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center
Boston Strong duck from Hoops and Homework program in Framingham, MA.
Card addressed to Jane Richard from a student in Sylvania, Ohio
Message from a University of Connecticut student
UCONN Students
"Boston" acrostic and flower drawing from a student at Rancho Gabriella Elementary School (Surprise, Arizona)
Rancho Gabriela Elementary School (Surprise, Arizona)Rancho Gabriela Elementary School (Surprise, Arizona)
Folded heard card from a student at Rancho Gabriela Elementary School (Surprise, Arizona)
Rancho Gabriela Elementary School (Surprise, Arizona)Rancho Gabriela Elementary School (Surprise, Arizona)
Message from a Madison Junior High School student (Naperville, Illinois)
Madison Junior High School
Card from Women of the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center
The Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol CenterThe Women of The Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center
Japanese crane sent to Boston from student at Gorham Middle School (Gorham, Maine)