resources

The Dedham Historical Society has what is considered the third best historical and genealogical library in New England. The following is a list of some of our genealogical resources:

  • F73-F37.8 Dedham collection inc. Histories; Annual Town Reports 1848 (with vital records 1865-1950); Assessors lists-poll tax, valuations 1837-irregular); Town records 1635-1890; Surname index to Dedham Transcript 1870-1928; Town Clerk’s marriages 1845-1908 & deaths 1844-1904; Dedham directories -irr. 1881-1949 (1790-1830 census-Archives)
  • Microfiche/film:
    • I.G.I. 1988, some l992, New England, New York, Canada, Great Britain, France
    • Torrey’s New England Marriages to 1760
    • Corbin Collection – Records 97 Mass. towns & villages
    • Dedham newspapers-irregular 1796- (originals to 1968)
  • Files
    • Photographs – History, Houses
    • Genealogy – research by family name, Biography & Genealogy
    • Newsletters, etc.
  • CS1 Genealogy general: inc. N.E.H.G. Register 1847-+indexes
  • CS2 Genealogies and family histories
  • CTl & 2 General and individual biography
  • United States history including military records
    • E83/Bodge – Soldiers of King Philip’s War
    • E186.3/Mass. -Soc. of Colonial War, etc. on soldiers 1723 E203/Mass –
      Mass. Soldiers & Sailors of the Revolutionary War
    • E231/Coburn-Battle April l9 l775 (muster rolls)
    • E467/Mass-Mass. Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, Civil War
    • E513/5 – Regimental histories, Civil War
  • Mass
    • F64/Lechford- Thomas Lechford’s Notebooks 1638-41
    • F64/Mass: Pension Roll (Revolution, 1812)
    • Register 1803-1878 (irregular)
    • State Record 1847-5l
    • Yr. Book 1897-1900
    • F64/Pruitt/Oversize: MA. Tax Valuation 1771
    • F/64 United States/Oversize: Mass. census 1790
    • F72 – Mass. geographical inc. County history, probate indexes
    • F74 – Mass. City and town vital records and histories, etc.
    • F74/Boston – includes reports Records Commissioners of vital records to 1850 and directories 1789-1900
  • F19 & F29 Maine
  • F34 & F44 New Hampshire
  • F49 & F59 Vermont
  • F79 & F89 Rhode Island
  • F94 & F104 Connecticut
  • LD Education – Includes Sibley, Harvard Graduates 1642-1771
  • U11/U.S.: Register of Officers of Volunteers 1899 UA/Ancient: Roll Ancient
    & Honorable Art. Company 1637-1894

ARCHIVES: In the The Library and Archives of the Dedham Historical Society you will find manuscripts, diaries, town records, scrapbooks, photographs, and maps, as well as military and association collections. The following is a selection of part of our holdings.

  • Surname Collection
  • Ames Family Papers
  • Burdakin Papers
  • Chaloner Family Papers
  • Clarke Family Papers
  • Colburn Family Papers
  • Fred Holland Day Papers
  • Reverend Samuel Dexter Collection
  • Mann Family Papers
  • Asahel Smith Collection
  • Whiting Family Papers
  • Business
  • Dedham Bank and its Successors Collection
  • Norfolk and Bristol Turnpike Company
  • Churches
  • Allin Congregational Church
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
  • Third Parish of Dedham

MARC records for these collections are available at NUCMC, the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections which is accessible through the Library of Congress website.