Contents of 1901 Boston time capsule revealed

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Time Capsule Removed from Statue at Old State House in MA

BOSTON (AP) -- A Boston time capsule dating to 1901 contained letters, photographs, newspaper clippings and the book "Foreign Relations of the United States, 1896."

The capsule was removed last week from the head of lion statue that has long stood guard over the Old State House. The Bostonian Society, which oversees the historic building, released an inventory of the items Wednesday.

The red hardcover book had been a mystery when the capsule was opened, because it did not have a visible title.

Bostonian Society archivist Elizabeth Roscio said the contents were in remarkably good overall condition.

Also tightly packed into the box were business cards of top elected and appointed officials, and a William McKinley-Theodore Roosevelt presidential campaign button from 1900.

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Elizabeth Roscio, archivist at the Old State House Museum, hands at right, helps in displaying the contents of a copper box removed from a lion statue at a studio, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 in Woburn, Mass. Historians and restorers opened the small copper box that has been hidden for more than a century inside the statue which has been sitting atop Boston's Old State House until it was taken down for refurbishing. Discovered inside the box were a hardcover book, along with papers from 1901, when the time capsule was sealed. Nothing was taken out of the box because of the items' fragile condition. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Sculptor and art restorer Robert Shure, top, removes a copper box from a lion statue at a studio, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 in Woburn, Mass. Historians and restorers opened the small copper box that has been hidden for more than a century inside the statue which has been sitting atop Boston's Old State House until it was taken down for refurbishing. Discovered inside the box were a hardcover book, along with papers from 1901, when the time capsule was sealed. Nothing was taken out of the box because of the items' fragile condition. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Sculptor and art restorer Robert Shure prepares to remove a copper box from a lion statue at a studio, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 in Woburn, Mass. Historians and restorers removed and opened a small copper box that has been hidden for more than a century inside the statue, which has been sitting atop Boston's Old State House until it was taken down for refurbishing. Discovered inside the box were a hardcover book, along with papers from 1901, when the time capsule was sealed. Nothing was taken out of the box because of the items' fragile condition. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 14: The iconic statues of a lion and a unicorn atop the Old State House on Washington Street in Boston were hoisted down from the rooftop perches they have occupied for over 300 on Sunday morning, September 14. The Bostonian Society, longtime stewards of the building, are restoring the sculptures as part of their ongoing restoration of the building. The work will include applying new coats of silver and gold to the much-photographed statues exteriors, and opening a time capsule that was reportedly sealed within the lions head 113 years ago. (Photo by Dina Rudick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Bostonian Society President Brian LeMay, center, takes questions from members of the media about the contents of a newly opened copper time capsule, resting on table, removed from a lion statue, behind, at a studio, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Woburn, Mass. Historians and restorers opened the copper box that has been hidden for more than a century inside the statue which has been sitting atop Boston's Old State House. Discovered inside the box were a hardcover book along with papers from when the time capsule was sealed in 1901. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Sculptor and art restorer Robert Shure, white gloves at right, assists in pulling open the lid to a sealed copper box removed from a lion statue at a studio, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 in Woburn, Mass. Historians and restorers opened the small copper box that been hidden for more than a century inside the statue which has been sitting atop Boston's Old State House until it was taken down for refurbishing. Discovered inside the box were a hardcover book, along with papers from 1901, when the time capsule was sealed. Nothing was taken out of the box because of the items' fragile condition. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Sculptor and art restorer Robert Shure, white gloves at right, uses copper cutters while working with historians to open a copper box removed from a lion statue at a studio, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 in Woburn, Mass. Historians and restorers opened the small copper box that has been hidden for more than a century inside the statue which has been sitting atop Boston's Old State House until it was taken down for refurbishing. Discovered inside the box were a hardcover book, along with papers from 1901, when the time capsule was sealed. Nothing was taken out of the box because of the items' fragile condition. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Sculptor and art restorer Robert Shure, right, uses copper cutters while working with Bostonian Society President Brian LeMay, left, and craftsman George Stratakis, center, to open a sealed copper box removed from a lion statue at a studio, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 in Woburn, Mass. Discovered inside the box were a hardcover book, along with papers from 1901, when the time capsule was sealed. Nothing was taken out of the box because of the items' fragile condition. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Sculptor and art restorer Robert Shure removes a copper box from a lion statue at a studio, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 in Woburn, Mass. Historians and restorers removed and opened a small copper box that has been hidden for more than a century inside the statue, which has been sitting atop Boston's Old State House until it was taken down for refurbishing. Discovered inside the box were a hardcover book, along with papers from 1901, when the time capsule was sealed. Nothing was taken out of the box because of the items' fragile condition. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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