Archival Collections

CHC archival collection boxes

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Finding Aids

Alphabetical Index (by collection name)      
Topical Index (by subject category) 

The Cambridge Historical Commission's collections include architectural survey materials for all present and past Cambridge buildings; a photographic archive of 60,000+ negatives and photographic prints of Cambridge buildings, individuals, and businesses; maps; and a cross-index of Cambridge architects and builders. There are also archival materials covering the history of notable Cambridge residents such as Frederick Hastings Rindge, local architects and entrepreneurs, Cambridge families and immigrant groups, organizations such as the Cambridge Social Union (Cambridge Center for Adult Education), and businesses such as the Peter Gray Corporation.

The Cambridge Historical Commission offers researchers and the general public online access to over 80 archival finding aids pertaining to Cambridge, Mass. subject matters. These subjects, beginning as early as the 18th century and going through the 1990s, paint a vivid picture of the business, celebratory, educational, historic preservation, personal, religious, and social life of a vibrant city. We welcome you to browse through our holdings.

The finding aids are indexed below both alphabetically and topically. Most of the finding aids can be viewed as PDF files. Click on the collection name to open the finding aid .pdf file.

Alternately, researchers can access a selection of CHC finding aids on the Cambridge Room’s ArchivesSpace webpage. These finding aids are encoded in EAD-XML format, making them easier for researchers to access and explore. Check out one of the finding aids, Cambridge Manual Training School/ Rindge Manual Training School/ Rindge Technical School Collection here and tell us what you think. Eventually we hope to transition all of our finding aids to ArchivesSpace. Thank you to Alyssa Pacy, archivist at the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library, for sharing this ArchivesSpace database with us!

If you would like to schedule a research appointment to view a collection in person, please call the Commission office at 617-349-4683 or TTY at 617-349-6112. Some of our collections are located offsite, so we encourage several days' notice when making a research appointment.

Alphabetical Index:

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Topical Index: Subject Guide to the Archives

Built Environment


Commercial Enterprises

Historic Preservation



Politics & Government

Public Philanthropy

Social, Educational, & Religious Subjects

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Arnold S. Schutzberg Collection
Arnold S. Schutzberg Collection
Batchelder Family Collection
Batchelder Family Collection