Brief History of Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Cambridge Buildings and Architects

Cambridge Historical Society

Cambridge Historical Commission

Longfellow National Historic Site

Friends of Fort Washington

Harvard University

Harvard Museums

Harvard/Radcliffe Online Historical Reference Shelf

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Church in Harvard Square


The history of Cambridge (1801), by Abiel Holmes

Two hundred years ago; or, a brief history of Cambridgeport and East Cambridge, with notices of some of the early settlers (1859), by S.S.S.

West Cambridge on the nineteenth of April, 1775 (1864), by Samuel Abbot Smith

Old Cambridge and new (1871), by Thomas C. Amory

History of Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1630-1877: With a geneological register, vol I (1877), by Lucius R. Paige

History of Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1630-1877: With a geneological register, vol II (1877), by Lucius R. Paige

Theatrum majorum: the Cambridge of 1776 (1876)

“The city and the sea,”: with other Cambridge contributions, in aid of the Hospital Fund (1881)

Cambridge sketches by Cambridge authors (1896), edited by Estelle M. H. Merrill

Old Cambridge (1899), by Thomas Wentworth Higginson

The Cambridge of eighteen hundred and ninety-six: a picture of the city and its industries fifty years after its incorporation (1896), edited by Arthur Gilman

The municipal situation in Cambridge (1904), by Henry N. Wheeler

Cambridge sketches (1905), by Frank Preston Stearns

A history of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1630-1913 (1913), by Samuel Atkins Eliot

Cambridge street plan (1991)


Epitaphs from the old burying-ground in Cambridge: With notes (1845), by William Thaddeus Harris

The register book of the lands and houses in the “New Towne” and the town of Cambridge, with the records of the proprietors of the common lands, being the records generally called “the proprietors’ records” [1634-1829] (1896)

The records of the town of Cambridge (formerly New-towne) Massachusets: 1630-1703 (1901)

An act to establish the city of Cambridge: approved March 17, 1846 (1846)

Vital records of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to the year 1850, Volume 2: Marriages and Deaths (1915), compiled by Thomas W. Baldwin

The charter and ordinances of the city of Cambridge (1857)


Poetic localities of Cambridge (1876), by W.J. Stillman

Historic houses and spots in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and near-by towns (1897), by J.W. Freese

An Historic guide to Cambridge (1907), compiled by members of the Hannah Winthrop Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution

Blue book of Cambridge for 1907 (1907)


Historic Cambridge common (1918), by Charles C. Farrington

Regulations of the Friendly Fire Society, instituted at Cambridge, March 17, 1797 as amended at the present time, January 28, 1833 (1833)

A handbook for passengers over the Cambridge railroad, with a description of Mount Auburn cemetery (1858)

Mount Auburn cemetery (1883), by Moses King

The Rindge gifts to the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts (1891)

The Cambridge Press, 1638-1692: a history of the first printing press established in English America, together with a bibliographical list of the issues of the press (1905), by Robert F. Roden

Cambridge Public Library: Selected list of books, pamphlets, etc: relating to Cambridge (1905)

A poem of the olden time, describing a ball at Cambridge, the year 1840 (1909), by Ann G. Storrow

Commemorations and Celebrations

The soldiers’ monument in Cambridge: Proceedings in relation to building and dedication of the monument, erected in the years 1869-70, city government of Cambridge, Mass., in honor of those of her soldiers and sailors who died in defence of the Union of the States, in the War of the Rebellion (1870)

Cambridge in the “centennial”: proceedings, July 3, 1875, in celebration of the centennial anniversary of Washington’s taking command of the continental army, on Cambridge common (1875)

Exercises in celebrating the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the settlement of Cambridge, held December 28, 1880 (1881)

Cambridge fifty years a city, 1846-1896; the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the incorporation of the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, JUNE 2-3, 1896 (1897), edited by Walter Gee Davis

Poem at the celebration of the two hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of Cambridge (1905), by William Roscoe Thayer


Remarks on changes lately proposed or adopted, in Harvard University (1825), by George Ticknor

A history of Harvard university: from its foundation, in the year 1636, to the period of the American Revolution (1833), by Benjamin Peirce

The history of Harvard university, Volume 1 (1840), by Josiah Quincy

The history of Harvard university, Volume 2 (1860), by Josiah Quincy

Harvard and its surroundings (1884), by Moses King

Memorial of John Harvard: The gift to Harvard University of Samuel James Bridge (1884)

Harvard University in the war of 1861-1865: A record of services rendered in the army and navy of the United States by the graduates and students of Harvard college and the professional schools (1886), by Francis H. Brown

The present and future of Harvard College. An address delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Cambridge, Mass., June 25, 1891 (1891), by William Watson Goodwin

Harvard University: a brief statement of what Harvard University is, how it may be entered, and how its degrees may be obtained, third annual edition (1893), by Frank Bolles

Harvard University: eighty photographic views selected from “King’s handbook of Harvard University (1896)

Official guide to Harvard university (1907)

Descriptive and historical notes on the library of Harvard University (1911), by Alfred Claghorn Potter and Edgar Huidekoper Wells

The Harvard medical school: a history, narrative and documentary. 1782-1905, Vol. I (1905), by Thomas Francis Harrington; edited by James Gregory Mumford

The Harvard medical school: a history, narrative and documentary. 1782-1905, Vol. II (1905), by Thomas Francis Harrington; edited by James Gregory Mumford

The Harvard medical school: a history, narrative and documentary. 1782-1905, Vol. III (1905), by Thomas Francis Harrington; edited by James Gregory Mumford


Address to the students of Radcliffe College delivered January 17, 1895 (1896), by S. Weir Mitchell

Radcliffe College (1913)


Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Commemorative address (1890), by Augustus Lowell

Massachusetts institute of technology: A register of publications of the institute and of its Officers, Students And Alumni, 1862-1893 (1893), complied by William Ripley Nichols

The Massachusetts institute of technology, Boston. A brief account of its foundation, character, and equipment (1895)

The Massachusetts institute of technology (1920)


A discourse on the Cambridge church-gathering in 1636: delivered in the first church, on Sunday, February 22, 1846 (1846), by William Newell

An account of the controversy in the First Parish in Cambridge: 1827-1829 (1829)

Controversy between the First Parish in Cambridge and the Rev. Dr. Holmes, their late pastor (1829)

Some passages in the history of the First Church in connexion with the Shepard Congregational society in Cambridge (1842)

The pastor’s remembrances: a discourse delivered before the First Parish in Cambridge, on Sunday, May 27, 1855 (1855), by William Newell

Lectures on the history of the First Church in Cambridge (1873), by Alexander McKenzie

The manual of the First Church in Cambridge (Congregational) (1900)

Records of the Church of Christ at Cambridge in New England: 1632-1830 (1906), by Stephen Paschall Sharples

Twenty-five years: sermons and addresses in recognition of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the installation of the Rev. Alexander McKenzie (1892)

Sermons and exercises in recognition of the forty years’ service of Rev. Alexander McKenzie, D.D., as pastor of The First Church In Cambridge, 1636 And The Shepard Congregational Society, 1829: January 20-27, 1907 (1907)

Proceedings at the twenty-fifth anniversary of the installation of Rev. Samuel M. Crothers as pastor in the first parish and first church in Cambridge (Unitarian) (1920)

Third Congregational Society in Cambridge: Exercises in commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the settlement of Rev. Geo. W. Briggs, D.D. (1887)

Manual of the First Evangelical Congregational Church in Cambridgeport (1870)

A sermon on the re-opening of Christ Church, Cambridge, Mass: preached on the twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity, November 22, 1857; with a historical notice of the church (1858), by Nicholas Hoppin

An anniversary sermon preached in Christ Church, Cambridge, Mass., on the Sunday before Advent (1861), by Nicholas Hoppin

Christ Church, Cambridge: some account of its history and present condition (1893)

The declaration of faith of the First Baptist Church in Cambridge (1848)

Brief history of the First Baptist Church, in Cambridge (1860)