Library and Archive

The Brinkler Research Library

The Brinkler Library is open to researchers by appointment. Please call 617 547-4252 to schedule your visit. Please call at least a week in advance or email the archivist at

For questions about collections, donations, and requests for reproduction from the collection, send email to

For a specific query, send email to

For direct questions about historic districts, period paint colors, appropriate windows, and other aspects of your house, please contact the Cambridge Historical Commission at 617-349-4683

Scope of the Collection:

The Brinkler Research Library's archival holdings include books, maps, newspapers, periodicals, broad sheets, published and unpublished documents, a photo archive and drawings. The library also contains published family and town histories, city directories and published town reports.

The Cambridge Historical Society acts as a living repository for Cambridge's tradition and history. It maintains any property entrusted to it and collects, preserves, and interprets items of historical and antiquarian significance.

The Historical Society encourages research and involvement in these efforts by its members and the community at large. In doing so it promotes a better understanding of history as an important factor in the everyday affairs of the City and its residents.