Research & Reference

The library and archives of the Dedham Museum & Archive 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.


The Dedham Museum & Archive research library contains over 10,000 volumes including standard genealogical and historical reference materials.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

Purchase Archives Research Fee for Members:

Purchase Archives Research Fee for Non-Members: