Thank you for your interest in conducting research with the Cambridge Historical Society. We are remotely monitoring emails, but have limited access to the materials that help us answer questions.
Please note that we will not be scheduling appointments for in-person researchers for the duration of 2020 due to safety concerns. In 2021, if local and state authorities advise us that it is safe to do so, we may resume research appointments. In the meantime, we are happy to assist researchers to the best of our ability. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your inquiry.
In the meantime, if you are a Cambridge resident, we invite you to respond to our Cambridge & COVID-19 Survey. Consider this an opportunity to add your voice to the historical record!
The Cambridge Historical Society is the holder of many eclectic collections from Cambridge’s past and present. Specializing in social history, our collections tell the story of how people lived during the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, and the cultural revolution of the mid-20th century.
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:
- Use the magnifying glass tool () on the top navigation bar to search the website for what makes you curious.
- Browse our Finding Aids 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.
Interested? Please read our Rules for the Use of Materials and call 617-547-4252 or email us at email@example.com to schedule your appointment at least a week in advance.
- African American Heritage Alliance
- Cambridge Archives
- Global Boston: A Portal to the Region’s Immigrant Past and Present -- Cambridge (Boston College Department of History)
- Lois Lilley Howe Hub
- Select pieces of our furniture collection are featured in the Boston Furniture Archive, a project of the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in conjunction with Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture
Created by former Cambridge Historical Society interns and volunteers, these project sites highlight facets of Cambridge's history:
- Cambridge in the American Revolution
- Cambridge Replicas
- 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
- The Society for the Protection of Native
Plants and the Cambridge Plant Club
- William James' Cambridge