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In this photo provided Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 by the Bostonian Society, a nail from Old South Church and a nail from the Old State House are displayed after they were taken from a 1901 time capsule in Boston. The 113-year-old, shoebox-sized time capsule was removed Oct. 9, 2014, from the head of a lion statue where it had long sat atop the Old State House, one of Boston's most famous landmarks.

BOSTON — A Boston time capsule dating to 1901 contained letters, photographs, newspaper clippings and the book "Foreign Relations of the United States, 1886."

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.