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Searching our site will lead you to original research by History Cambridge staff, interns, volunteers, and community members, including articles, oral histories, and online exhibitions. Search results also include our finding aids, which describe archival materials you can make an appointment to view in person.

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Our Archives

Our collections and archives shine a light on how people lived, worked, and played in our city from the colonial era to today.

The best way to get acquainted with our archives is through finding aids, formal inventories that will help you know what kinds of records, photographs, and papers are in our care. Browse the list or use the search bar above, then make an appointment to access materials in person at our Brinkler Library.

Digitized Images

Our archives aren’t fully digitized but many images have been scanned and made available for viewing online.

Browse images in our Flickr collection

Visit our postcard collection finding aid

Proceedings of the Cambridge Historical Society, 1906–1979

Browse and read more than 70 years of articles and lectures presented to the Cambridge Historical Society, the predecessor of today’s History Cambridge. Search the table of contents, an index of topics, or jump right into PDFs of the complete text.

Read the full text of the Proceedings

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Search an alphabetical index of topics

History Cambridge Collaborative

History Cambridge is just one of many organizations that hold collections and archives from Cambridge, Massachusetts. If we can’t answer your query or we don’t have the information you’re looking for, these history collaborators may be able to help.

Learn more about our collaborators