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Cambridge History Room


About the Cambridge Room, the Library's Archives and Special Collections

The Cambridge Room has over 200 collections and nearly 2,700 books, spanning the 17th to 21st Centuries, featuring the history of Cambridge. Most of the collections focus on the political and social history of the City and are particularly strong in the mid-20th Century to the present. Stop by our reading room on the second floor of the Main library to browse our extensive collection of books on Cambridge history or research a collection. 

Plan Your Visit

Please stop by during open hours to visit our browsing collection and research our historic materials. We ask you to call ahead at 617-349-7757 to ensure a successful visit and to confirm the archivist's availability.

The Cambridge Room’s materials are historically valuable and unavailable elsewhere. All materials are non-circulating and can only be used in the Cambridge Room. We require visitors to store their bags and outerwear in one of the lockers provided. Food, drink, and pens are not allowed in the Cambridge Room – an accidental spill or slip can permanently damage materials. We also ask that users handle all materials with care.

  • Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, 1952-2000
  • Olive Pierce Photographs, 1963-2014
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