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General Boston History

A history of Boston: the metropolis of Massachusetts, from its origin to the present period; with some account of the environs (1828), by Caleb H. Snow

A municipal history of the town and city of Boston, during two centuries, from September 17, 1630, to September 17, 1830 (1852), by Josiah Quincy

The memorial history of Boston: including Suffolk County, Massachusetts, 1630-1880, Vol I. The Early and Colonial Periods (1885), edited by Justin Winsor

The memorial history of Boston: including Suffolk County, Massachusetts, 1630-1880, Vol II. The Provincial Period (1882), edited by Justin Winsor

The memorial history of Boston: including Suffolk County, Massachusetts, 1630-1880, Vol III. The Revolutionary Period; The Last Hundred Years, Part I (1882), edited by Justin Winsor

The memorial history of Boston: including Suffolk County, Massachusetts, 1630-1880, Vol IV. The Last Hundred Years, Part II; Special Topics (1881), edited by Justin Winsor

Boston (1902), by Henry Cabot Lodge

The story of Boston: A study of independency (1902), by Arthur Gilman

Boston and its story, 1630-1915 (1916)

Boston, 1822 to 1922: The story of its government and principal activities during one hundred years (1922), by John Koren

Colonial Boston

The romantic story of the Puritan fathers: and their founding of New Boston and the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1912), by Albert C. Addison

Boston in 1682 and 1699: A trip to New-England by Edmund Ward and A Letter from New-England by J.W. (1905), reprinted, with an introduction and notes by George Parker Winship

St. Botolph’s town: an account of old Boston in colonial days (1908), by Mary Caroline Crawford

Revolutionary Era

The Trial of the British Soldiers of the 29th Regiment of Foot for the Murder of Crispus Attucks, Samuel Gray, Samuel Maverick, James Caldwell, and Patrick Carr, on Monday evening, March 5, 1770, before the Honorable Benjamin Lynde, John Cushing, Peter Oliver, and Edmund Trowbridge, Esquires, justices of the Superior Court of Judicature, Court of Assize and General Goal Delivery, held at Boston, by adjournment, November 27, 1770 (1807)

A short narrative of the horrid massacre in Boston perpetrated on the fifth day of march, 1770, by soldiers of the 29th regiment which with the 14th regiment were then quartered there; with some observations on the state of things prior to that catastrophe (1849)

History of the Boston Massacre, March 5, 1770: consisting of the narrative of the town, the trial of the soldiers: and a historical introduction, containing unpublished documents of John Adams, and explanatory notes (1870), by Frederic Kidder

Diary of Anna Green Winslow: a Boston school girl of 1771 (1894), by Alice Morse Earle

A retrospect of the Boston tea-party: with a memoir of George R. T. Hewes, a survivor of the little band of patriots who drowned the tea in Boston harbor in 1773 (1834)

The Boston tea party, December 1773 (1882), drawn by H. W. McVickar; text by Josephine Pollard

Sketches of Bunker Hill battle and monument: with illustrative documents (1851), by George Edward Ellis

Bunker Hill: the story told in letters from the battle field by British officers engaged; with an introduction and sketch of the battle (1875), by Samuel Adams Drake

The battle-field of Bunker Hill: with a relation of the action by William Prescott and illustrative documents (1876), by Richard Frothingham

A memorial of the American patriots who fell at the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775; with an account of the dedication of the memorial tablets on Winthrop Square, Charlestown, June 17, 1889, and an appendix containing illustrative papers (second edition, 1889)

Miscellaneous Boston History

Life in town: or The Boston spy. Being a series of sketches illustrative of whims and women in the ‘Athens of America’ by an Athenian (1844)

History of the great fire in Boston, November 9 and 10, 1872 (1873), by Col. Russell H. Conwell

Police records and recollections: or, Boston by daylight and gaslight for two hundred and forty years (1873), by Edward H. Savage

Commerce, manufactures & resources of Boston, Mass.: a historical, statistical & descriptive review (1883)

A complete history of the Boston fire department, Volume 1 (1889), by Arthur Wellington Brayley

A complete history of the Boston fire department, Volume 2 (1889), by Arthur Wellington Brayley

Literary Boston of to-day (1902), by Helen M. Winslow

Ethnic factors in the population of Boston (1903), by Frederick A. Bushee

Boston’s story in inscriptions: being reproductions of the markings that are or have been on historic sites (1908)

Forty of Boston’s historic houses: a brief illustrated description of the residences of historic characters of Boston who have lived in or near the business section (1912)

Old Boston days & ways from the dawn of the revolution until the town became a city (1913), by Mary Caroline Crawford

Random notes of Boston (1913), by Henry Payson Dowst; drawings by John Albert Seaford

Days and ways in old Boston (1915), by William S. Rossiter

Dr. Holmes’s Boston (1915), edited by Caroline Ticknor

Mayors of Boston: an illustrated epitome of who the mayors have been and what they have done (1916)

Ye Crown coffee house: a story of old Boston (1916), by Walter K. Watkins

The financial history of Boston from May 1, 1822, to January 31, 1909 (1916), by Charles Phillips Huse

Some interesting Boston events (1916)

Some events of Boston and its neighbors (1917)

Old shipping days in Boston (1918)

Some merchants and sea captains of old Boston (1918)

Notes on music in old Boston (1918), by William Arms Fisher

The crooked & narrow streets of the town of Boston 1630-1822 (1920), by Annie Haven Thwing

Guidebooks and Picture Books

Sketches of Boston, past and present: and of some few places in its vicinity (1851)

Boston directory (1858)

A topographical and historical description of Boston (1871), by Nathaniel B. Shurtleff

Old landmarks and historic personages of Boston (1873), by Samuel Adams Drake

King’s handbook of Boston, Fourth Ed. (1881)

Boston illustrated (1886), by Edwin M. Bacon

Rambles in old Boston, New England (1887), by Edward G. Porter

Boston of to-day: a glance at its history and characteristics (1892), compiled under the supervision of Richard Herndon; edited by Edwin M. Bacon

Historic Boston and its neighborhood: an historical pilgrimage personally conducted by Edward Everett Hale; arranged for seven days (1898)

Boston park guide: including the municipal and metropolitan systems of greater Boston (1898), by Sylvester Baxter

Rand, McNally & co.’s handy guide to Boston and environs, Third Ed. (1899)

The Boston Book: Containing matter relating to the second International Congregational Council, at Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 20-28, September, 1899; including the program and list of delegates; together with sketches of Boston, and and account of its Congregational activities and some reference to other near-by points of Pilgrim and Puritan interest (1899)

A history and description of the Boston metropolitan parks (1900)

Historic Boston: Sight-seeing Tours Around the Hub (1901)

Boston: a guide book (1903), by Edwin M. Bacon

Literary landmarks of Boston: a visitor’s guide to points of literary interest in and about Boston (1903), by Lindsay Swift

In and about historic Boston (1904)

Glimpses of historic Boston : containing about 160 views, made from the latest and best photographs taken expressly for this publication, including Cambridge, Lexington, Concord, Salem, Danvers, Marblehead, Newton, Lynn, and Boston Harbor (1905)

Historic mansions and highways around Boston (1906), by Samuel Adams Drake

Palmer’s views of Boston, past and present (1910)

Rambles around old Boston (1914), by Edwin M. Bacon

The book of Boston (1916), by Robert Shackleton

Walks & talks about historic Boston (1917), compiled and edited by Albert W. Mann

Boston: an old city with new opportunities (1922), by Boston Chamber of Commerce. Bureau of Commercial and Industrial Affairs

Historical East Boston (1978)

Chinatown Boston (1984)

Midtown cultural district plan: historic building survey (1987)


Schools and schoolboys of old Boston (1894), by Arthur Wellington Brayley

Catalogue of the Boston Public Latin School, established in 1635: with an historical sketch (1886), prepared by Henry F. Jenks

Sketches and reminiscences of the Radical club of Chestnut street, Boston (1880), by Mrs. John T. Sargent

The history of the Boston Athenæum: with biographical notices of its deceased founders (1851), by Josiah Quincy

The Athenæum centenary: The influence and history of the Boston Athenæum, from 1807 to 1907 (1907)

Handbook of the new Public library in Boston (1895), by Herbert Small

The Public library of the city of Boston: a history (1911), by Horace G. Wadlin

A history of the Boston City Hospital from its foundation until 1904 (1906)

History of the Psychopathic hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (1922), by Lloyd Vernon Briggs and Collaborators

The history of the Boston Theatre, 1854-1901 (1908), by Eugene Tompkins; compiled with the assistance of Quincy Kilby

Old Boston Museum days (1915), by Kate Ryan

The Boston herald and its history (1878), by Edwin A. Perry

The Boston transcript: a history of its first hundred years (1930), by Joseph Edgar Chamberlin

History of the Somerset Club, 1852-1913 (1914)

Old Boston taverns and tavern clubs (1917), by Samuel Adams Drake; new illustrated edition, by Walter Kendall Watkins

A history of the Boston base ball club (1897), by George V. Tuohey

New city hall, Boston, Massachusetts


Sketches of some historic churches of greater Boston (1918)

First Church

An historical sketch of the First church in Boston: from its formation to the present period, to which are added two sermons, one on leaving the old, and the other on entering the new house of worship (1812), by William Emerson

History of the First church in Boston, 1630-1880 (1881), by Arthur B. Ellis; with an introduction by George B. Ellis

The commemoration by the First Church in Boston of the completion of two hundred and fifty years since its foundation on Thursday, November 18, 1880; also four historical sermons (1881)

Second Church

Two discourses containing the history of the Old North and New Brick churches, united as the Second church in Boston, delivered May 20, 1821, at the completion of a century from the dedication of the present meeting-house in Middle Street (1821), by Henry Ware

A history of the Second Church, or Old North, in Boston: to which is added, a history of the new brick church (1852), by Chandler Robbins

A sermon preached on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his ordination as pastor of the second church in Boston, Mass., Sunday, December 5, 1858 (1858), by Chandler Robbins

The Second church in Boston: commemorative services held on the completion of two hundred and fifty years since its foundation, 1649-1899 (1900)

Old South Church

The confession of faith and form of covenant of the Old South Church: in Boston, Massachusetts, with lists of the founders, the pastors, the ruling elders and deacons, and the members (1855)

An historical catalogue of the Old South church (Third church) Boston (1883)

Old South church (Third church) Boston: Memorial addresses, Sunday evening, October 26, 1884 (1885)

History of the Old South Church of Boston (1890)

History of the Old South church (Third church) Boston, 1669-1884, Volume 1 (1890), by Hamilton Andrews Hill

History of the Old South church (Third church) Boston, 1669-1884, Volume 2 (1890), by Hamilton Andrews Hill

The two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Old South Church [Third Church, 1669] in Boston (1919)

Brattle Street Church

A history of the church in Brattle street, Boston (1851), by Samuel Kirkland Lothrop

Old West Church

A discourse delivered in the West Church in Boston, December 31, 1820 (1820), by Charles Lowell

A sermon, preached in the West Church in Boston, January 2, 1831; being a quarter of a century from the settlement of the present minister (1831), by Charles Lowell

The West Church, Boston: Commemorative Services On The Fiftieth Anniversary Of Its Present Ministry and the One Hundred and Fiftieth of its Foundation, on Tuesday, March 1, 1887, with three sermons by its pastor (1887)

Park Street Church

The semi-centennial celebration of the Park Street Church and Society; held on the Lord’s Day, February 27, 1859, with the festival on the day following (1861)

The preservation of Park Street Church, Boston (1903)

Bowdoin Street Church

The articles of faith and covenant of the Bowdoin Street Church, Boston, with a list of the members (1856)

King’s Chapel

A history of King’s chapel in Boston, the first episcopal church in New England; compriosing notices of the introduction of Episcopacy into the northern colonies (1833), by F.W.P. Greenwood

The commemoration by King’s chapel, Boston, of the completion of two hundred years since its foundation, on Wednesday, December 15, 1886; also three historical sermons (1887)

Old North Church

Historical account of Christ church, Boston: A discourse in said church, on Sunday, December 28, 1823 (1824), by Asa Eaton

A historical account of Christ Church, Boston: an address, delivered on the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the church, December 29, 1873 (1874), by Henry Burroughs

Paul Revere’s signal: the true story of the signal lanterns in Christ Church, Boston (1880), by John Lee Watson

Christ Church, Salem Street, Boston, 1723 (1912)

Church of the Advent

A sketch of the history of the Parish of the Advent in the city of Boston, 1844-1894 (1894)

First Baptist Church

The history of the First Baptist Church of Boston (1665-1899) (1899), by Nathan E. Wood

Bowdoin Square Church

Bowdoin Square church book: comprising a brief history of the formation and organizations of the church; its articles of faith, covenant, etc. (1843), by R.W. Cushman

First Church of Christ, Scientist

Manual of the Mother Church: the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts (eighty-ninth edition, 1913), by Mary Baker Eddy

The Mother Church: A History Of The Building Of The Original Edifice Of The First Church Of Christ, Scientist In Boston, Massachusetts (seventeenth edition, 1911), by Joseph Armstrong

Commemorations and Celebrations

A memorial of Daniel Webster: from the city of Boston (1853)

Dedication of the monument on Boston Common erected to the memory of the men of Boston who died in the Civil War (1877)

Celebration of the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the settlement of Boston, September 17, 1880 (1880)

Re-dedication of the Old state house: Boston, July 11, 1882 (Fourth Ed., 1887)

The two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin: celebration by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston in Symphony Hall, Boston, January 17, 1906 (1906)


First Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston (1876)

A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston, containing Miscellaneous Papers (1886)

Boston births, baptisms, marriages and deaths, 1630-1699 (1888)

Boston births from A.D. 1700 to A.D. 1800 (1894)

Selectmen’s Minutes from 1769 through April 1775 (1893)

Selectmen’s Minutes from 1787 through 1798 (1896)

Minutes of Selectmen’s Meetings from September 1, 1818, to April 24, 1822 (1909)

A catalogue of the city councils of Boston, 1822-1908, Roxbury, 1846-1867, Charlestown 1847-1873 and of the selectmen of Boston, 1634-1822 and of various other town and municipal officers, printed by order of the city council (1908)

A summary of the market situation in Boston: The City Planning Board, Boston, Mass.: Preliminary report of the market advisory committee, June, 1915 (1916)

Burial Grounds & Inscriptions

Historic burial-places of Boston and vicinity (1892), by John M. Merriam

Inscriptions on the bronze tablets recently placed on the gates of the older burial grounds in Boston, Massachusetts (1883), prepared by Samuel A. Green

The Pilgrims of Boston and their descendants: with an introduction by Hon. Edward Everett, LL. D.; also, inscriptions from the monuments in the Granary burial ground, Tremont street (1856), by Thomas Bridgman

Gravestone inscriptions and records of tomb burials in the Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Mass. (1918)

Historical sketch and matters appertaining to the King’s Chapel Burying Ground (1903)

Epitaphs from Copp’s Hill burial ground, Boston: With notes (1851), by Thomas Bridgman

Old Copp’s Hill and burial ground: with historical sketches (1891), by E. MacDonald

Historical sketch of Copp’s Hill burying ground, with inscriptions and quaint epitaphs (1921), by John Norton

Gravestone inscriptions and records of tomb burials in the Central burying ground, Boston Common, and inscriptions in the South burying ground, Boston (1917), by Ogden Codman

South Boston

History of South Boston: formerly Dorchester Neck, now ward XII of the city of Boston (1857), by Thomas C. Simonds

An appeal to the good sense of the legislature and the community, in favor of a new bridge to South Boston, by a Citizen (1825)

Boston wharf co. Historic district, south Boston, fort point channel (1980)

South Boston: a bibliography (1982)


The town of Roxbury: its memorable persons and places, its history and antiquities, with numerous illustrations of its old landmarks and noted personages (1878), by Francis Samuel Drake

Report of the committee in favor of the union of Boston and Roxbury (1851)

Roxbury centennial: an account of the celebration in Roxbury, November 22, 1876 (1877)

History of the First Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts, 1630-1904 (1908), by Walter Eliot Thwing

Semi-centennial discourse: A discourse delivered at West Roxbury (Boston), Mass., on the fiftieth anniversary of the South Evangelical Church, June 7, 1885 (1885), by Thomas Laurie


The sexton’s monitor, and Dorchester cemetery memorial (1845)

Annals of the town of Dorchester (1846), by James Blake

Recovery of some materials for the early history of Dorchester: general and particular (1851), by Samuel G. Drake

Dorchester in 1630, 1776, and 1855: an oration delivered on the fourth of July, 1855 (1855), by Edward Everett

History of the town of Dorchester, Massachusetts (1859)

Dedication of the soldiers’ monument at Dorchester: September 17, 1867 (1868)

The ancient proprietors of Jones’s Hill, Dorchester (1883), compiled by David Clapp

Dorchester births, marriages, and deaths to the end of 1825 (1890)

Dorchester celebration: 250th anniversary of the establishment of the first public school in Dorchester, June 22, 1889 (1890)

Good old Dorchester: A Narrative history of the town, 1630-1893 (1893), by William Dana Orcutt

Dorchester day: celebration of the two hundred and seventy-seventh anniversary of the settlement of Dorchester, June 8th, 1907 (1907)

Dorchester Churches

An historical discourse commemorative of the fiftieth anniversary of the village church, Dorchester, Mass., delivered on March 9, 1879 (1879), by Philander Thurston

Proceedings of the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the gathering in England, Departure For America, And Final Settlement In New England, First Church and Parish of Dorchester, Mass., coincident with the settlement of the town, Observed March 28 And June 17, 1880 (1880)

Records of the First Church at Dorchester, in New England, 1636-1734 (1891)

Early matters relating to the town and First church of Dorchester, Mass. (1886), by William Blake Trask

A memorial of the Rev. Nathaniel Hall, late pastor of the First Church, in Dorchester, Mass. (1876)

A sermon, delivered at the gathering of the Second Congregational Church, in Dorchester, 1 January, 1808 (1808), by John Pierce

A valedictory sermon on leaving the old meeting house in the first parish in Dorchester, 1st December, 1816, and a dedicatory sermon on entering the new house of worship the next day (1816), by Thaddeus Mason Harris