We help researchers of all ages and backgrounds connect with Cambridge’s past. What are you looking to find?
There are many ways find information about our collections:
- Search the website for what makes you curious.
- Browse the finding aids below for detailed descriptions of the collections we hold. Many have images online, either on our website or on Flickr.
- Discover Cambridge history and culture through the Cambridge Historical Society Proceedings.
- Browse our volunteer-created project websites (Research Extras below) for subject-guided tours of Cambridge’s past.
Have questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Cambridge Resources:
Questions about buildings and businesses?
Contact the Cambridge Historical Commission at 617-349-4683.
Questions about Cambridge politics and organizations?
Contact the Cambridge Room of the Cambridge Public Library at 617-349-7757.
Questions about your family history?
Please see our FAQ page for a list of resources.
Our research materials are housed in the Brinkler Research Library in the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House. The Library is named in honor of Bartol Brinkler (1915-1993), who was the head of cataloging and classification at Harvard University’s Widener Library, as well as a Cambridge Historical Society member and friend. His generous bequest to the Society has helped establish and maintain the Library for the benefit of researchers.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911) Carte de Visite Album (1862-1866)
[ image gallery on flickr ]
- Cambridge in the American Revolution
- Cambridge Replicas
- Cambridge Through the Pages: A Walking Tour
- Central Square: Then and Now
- Culinary Cambridge
- Folk Music in Cambridge
- Growing up in East Cambridge
- If This House Could Talk
- Industry in Cambridge
- Inner Belt
- Innovation in Cambridge
- Music in Cambridge
- Performance Spaces in Cambridge
- William James’ Cambridge