Ames Tavern Sign, 1888 from the Dedham Historical Society & Museum Archives
Train map of the Norfolk Co. RR, 1847, from the Dedham Historical Society & Museum Archives
Invitation to a party, 1884, from the Dedham Historical Society & Museum Archives
Wanted/Reward poster for Jason Fairbanks, 1801, from the Dedham Historical Society & Museum Archives

Tihe Archive has reopened by APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Please note that a mask must be worn at all times and that COVID procedures will apply (click here).

Anyone not following procedures will not be admitted or will be asked to leave.
Do not keep an appointment if you have symptoms related to COVID.

Appointments are free for members and $10 for non-members. For research not accommodated through an appointment, the Archivist is responding to research queries. Because of the increased demand on staff time, please allow for a one to two month delay between making the request and receiving your response. The DHSM charges a research fee for any reference assistance that will take more than 15 minutes of research consultation time. See research fees below for members and non-members.

For inquiries or to make a resaerch appointment: or 781.326.1385.

Please click on the following ARCHIVAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Archival Procedures

COVID Reopening Procedures

Archival Research and Reproduction Fees

For research conducted by the archivist, please see the complete Archival Research & Reproduction Fees information page.
Members: There is a $25 an hour fee for research; two hours maximum.
Non-members: There is a $50 an hour fee for research; two hours maximum.

It is required that before submitting payment you contact the Archivist: 

If you have communicated with the Archivist and the scope of information you request has been confirmed to be within the DHSM collections, then you may call the number above with a credit card, or use the Paypal button provided here.  



Archives Research Fee

Research and reference:

The library and archives of the DHS is an independent research facility. It collects, preserves, and provides access to records and materials relating to Dedham and Dedham history. All are welcome to visit and utilize the library and archives.

Prior to visiting please familiarize yourself with admission costs for research and other fees by reading the Archival Procedures and Archival and Reproduction Fees.



The DHSM research library contains over 10,000 volumes including standard genealogical and historical reference materials. Other resources include:

  • Town of Dedham records
  • Dedham street directories
  • Files on the history of Dedham buildings
  • Local genealogies and genealogical files
  • Dedham High School yearbooks
  • Massachusetts history: state, county, cities and towns
  • Vital records of cities and towns
  • Dedham directories 
  • Norfolk County materials

The Archives includes extensive Dedham related materials:

  • Church and civil records
  • Newspapers from 1796
  • 18th – 20th century maps
  • Journals, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs, postcards, and ephemera
  • Social organizations and business collections including banks and turnpikes
  • Military collection, particularly strong material from the Civil War and World War II
  • Genealogical and family papers























































































    Image Requests:

    Looking to get or use an image from the DHSM? Email the archivist at for all questions regarding use, cost, and permission. Click here to read about Archival Research and Reproduction Fees.

    Interested in Volunteering?

    The Dedham Historical Society & Museum is always looking for energetic, history lovers, and worker-bees alike to volunteer in the archives. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer or internship opportunities with us email:

    The DHSM will be incorporating online collection access in a new website in 2021. The forthcoming collections database is made possible thanks to funding from Mass Humanities. This funding was received in 2020 through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The grants were made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).