Special Collections

Cambridge Historical Commission
Cambridge Historical Commission Library
831 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA , 02139
TTY/TDD: (617)349-6112
FAX: (617)349-6165
General email:
Institution Contact(s):
  Kathleen Rawlins, Assistant Director (617)349-4683 HistComm@ci.Cambridge.ma.us
Hours: M-F 9:00AM-5:00PM
Online Catalog:
Services for the Disabled:
  TTY/TDD Americans with Disabilities Act accessible Handicapped parking
Other Services:
Monographs: "Photographic History of Cambridge." "Maintaining your Old House in Cambridge" "Survey of Architectural History in Cambridge-Old Cambridge, East Cambridge, Mid Cambridge, Cambridgeport and North West Cambridge"
Special Collection Contact(s):
  Charles Sullivan, Executive Director (617)349-4683
Hours: M-F 9:00AM-5:00PM
Collections: 1
Formats: 10 linear feet of manuscripts archives 300 volumes of monographs 75 newspapers 40 maps 25,000 photographs 10 linear feet of pamphlets 1 oral history architectural surveys
Collection Description:
  Cambridge History (including photographs, negatives, slides on City documents, Architectural Survey Files, aerial photos, African American Heritage Trail, News Print Collection and Personal papers)
Access: Access only in reading room, supervised
Copying: All photocopying done by staff Restrictions on cameras
Loans: Loans permitted with permission of director
Directions: The Historical Commission is located at 831 Massachusetts Avenue, next to Cambridge City Hall, and is easily reached from the Central Square T stop (on the Red Line). Street parking is available, but very limited. For driving directions, please call Commission.