Research

The Bedford Historical Society archives contain thousands of documents, maps, and photos that may be of interest to students, residents, researchers, and genealogists. Research is by appointment, please email info@bedfordmahistory.org or call 781-275-7276.

To assist with your research, we suggest the following resources:

Bedford Historical Society Collections: 

Part of our collection is available online: https://bedfordmahistory.pastperfectonline.com/

Maps of Bedford:

From the Bedford Historical Society and the Bedford DPW: https://www.bedfordma.gov/department-of-public-works/pages/historic-maps

1906 Atlas of Massachusetts (Bedford is plate 39 on digital page 43): https://archives.lib.state.ma.us/handle/2452/205572

Town Reports, Directories, Vital Records:

Vital Records of Bedford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (1903):
https://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofbe00bedfor/page/n4

View town reports in person at the Bedford Free Public Library in the Bedford Collection Room. For more information: https://www.bedfordlibrary.net/resources/bedfords-collections/

Homes/Property Research:

Mass Historical Commission Building Inventory Forms: http://mhc-macris.net/Towns.aspx

South Middlesex County Registry of Deeds: http://www.masslandrecords.com/MiddlesexSouth/

Books & Articles By Abraham E. Brown, all topics:

A.E. Brown, History of the Town of Bedford (1891): https://archive.org/details/historyoftownofb00brow/page/n7

A.E. Brown, Beside Old Hearth Stones (1897): https://archive.org/details/besideoldhearths01brow/page/n5

A.E. Brown, Beneath Old Roof Trees (1896): https://archive.org/details/cu31924025963970

A.E. Brown, Genealogy of Bedford Old Families (1896): https://archive.org/details/genealogyofbedfo00brow/page/n5

A.E. Brown, “Governor Winthrop’s farm. A chapter of old Bedford history” (1892):
https://archive.org/details/governorwinthrop00brow/page/n1

Oral Histories and Videos:

Inspired by StoryCorps®, The Bedford Free Public Library launched the Bedford Stories Project in 2016. The Bedford Stories Project is a community-wide, story gathering program that allows the citizens of Bedford a forum to tell and preserve their stories:
https://www.bedfordlibrary.net/about/bedford-stories-project/

WWII memories of Carleton-Willard residents:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyYNQhl_-jU

Recollections of Bedford – Everyday Life with Al Faye, John Dodge,
George Swallow, Joe Damery (April 2013):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjEunV9qFHs&list=PLtnwzenFQyuvHlAd6w5QyiX0ZPHmhbFQ1&index=4&t=0s

Recollections of Bedford with Al Faye, John Dodge, George Swallow, Joe Damery, and Len Kiley (Feb 2013):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgqHt4AW_LI&list=PLtnwzenFQyuvHlAd6w5QyiX0ZPHmhbFQ1&index=5&t=0s

I Remember Bedford – Farms of Bedford with John Dodge:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Rf3B7za2uc&list=PLtnwzenFQyuvHlAd6w5QyiX0ZPHmhbFQ1&index=11&t=0s

John Dodge:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEdS-wrjOWE

Paul Little:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrVH5yCuBcs&t=17s

Bedford Flag:

The Bedford flag is located at the Bedford Public Library
https://www.bedfordlibrary.net/about/bedford-flag/

Photos:

Library of Congress Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of Bedford:
http://www.loc.gov/pictures/related/?va=exact&sp=1&q=Massachusetts–Middlesex+County–Bedford&fi=place&sg=true&op=EQUAL h

Yearbooks:

From the Bedford Free Public Library: https://archive.org/details/bedfordpubliclibrary

Veterans:

List of Veterans: http://www.wickedlocal.com/x599315504/Bedford-deceased-veterans

Cemeteries:

Old Burying Ground Gravestone Survey: https://www.bedfordma.gov/sites/bedfordma/files/uploads/old_burying_ground_report_-_1993_revised_2004_0.pdf

Old Burying Ground Map: https://www.bedfordma.gov/sites/bedfordma/files/file/file/old_bury_ground.pdf

Shawsheen Cemetery Map: https://www.bedfordma.gov/sites/bedfordma/files/file/file/shawsheen_cemetery_map_-_2017-02_0.pdf

Shawsheen Cemetery Tour with Lee Yates:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cte0LsjAfcA