The Bedford Historical Society archives contain thousands of documents, maps, and photos that may interest students, residents, researchers, and genealogists. Research is by appointment, please email 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:

Maps of Bedford:

From the Bedford Historical Society and the Bedford DPW:

1906 Atlas of Massachusetts (Bedford is plate 39 on digital page 43):

Town Reports, Directories, Vital Records:

Vital Records of Bedford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (1903):

View town reports in person at the Bedford Free Public Library in the Bedford Collection Room. For more information:

Homes/Property Research:

Mass Historical Commission Building Inventory Forms:

South Middlesex County Registry of Deeds:

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

A.E. Brown, History of the Town of Bedford (1891):

A.E. Brown, Beside Old Hearth Stones (1897):

A.E. Brown, Beneath Old Roof Trees (1896):

A.E. Brown, Genealogy of Bedford Old Families (1896):

A.E. Brown, “Governor Winthrop’s farm. A chapter of old Bedford history” (1892):

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:

WWII memories of Carleton-Willard residents:

Recollections of Bedford – Everyday Life with Al Faye, John Dodge,
George Swallow, Joe Damery (April 2013):

Recollections of Bedford with Al Faye, John Dodge, George Swallow, Joe Damery, and Len Kiley (Feb 2013):

I Remember Bedford – Farms of Bedford with John Dodge:

John Dodge:

Paul Little:

Bedford Flag:

The Bedford flag is located at the Bedford Public Library


Library of Congress Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of Bedford:–Middlesex+County–Bedford&fi=place&sg=true&op=EQUAL h


From the Bedford Free Public Library:


List of Veterans:


Old Burying Ground Gravestone Survey:

Old Burying Ground Map:

Shawsheen Cemetery Map:

Shawsheen Cemetery Tour with Lee Yates: