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 to schedule your appointment at least a week in advance.