Explore Watertown History

We are constantly working on digitizing materials for our online Local History Collection. Click the links below to see photos, maps, records, yearbooks, and more.

Annual reports
Searchable full text annual reports for the Town of Watertown for the years 1854 to 2011
  Charters and By-Laws

Civil War Diary of Lieutenant Henry K. Steward

Crossroads on the Charles
Popular history of Watertown by Maud deLeigh Hodges. Published in 1980
First Parish of Watertown History
Great Little Watertown, a Tercentenary History
by G. Frederick Robinson and Ruth Robinson Wheeler. Published in 1930
High School Yearbooks and School Newspapers
Watertown High School Yearbooks for the years 1925-present (some years missing)
Phillips School/Watertown High School Review for 1900 – 1908
Watertown High School Broadcaster 1951 – 1968 (some years missing)
An historical sketch of Watertown
An early history of Watertown by Convers Francis
Historical Society of Watertown 
  Historic Watertown's Oldest Bank
  Hood Rubber Company
How the First Parish in Cambridge Got a New Meetinghouse
Presentation by G. Frederick Robinson in 1937 to the Cambridge Historical Society. Includes early Watertown meetinghouse history
House and Building Histories 
Search a state database of historically significant buildings
  The Ideal Watertown
Maps
Historical maps of Watertown
Newspapers
Photographs
Historical photographs of Watertown people and places
 

Poll Tax Reports
Poll tax reports for the years: 1897-99, 1902, 1917-19, 1923, 1925-29

 

Proposed Location for Town Hall

 

Proposed New Admin Building

  Rand Scrapbook
Newspaper articles, photographs, postcards, handwritten notes, letters and speeches, etc. concerning the history of Watertown Massachusetts and the surrounding area.
Resident Lists
Searchable full text resident lists from 1939-2014
  Reverend Convers Francis
Works and sermons by Convers Francis
Stanley Brothers
An article about the brothers who invented the “Stanley Steamer” automobile
  The Story of a Father and Son
  Tercentenary of the Founding of Watertown
Town Directories
Searchable full text resident and business directories from 1869 – 1939
  Valuation Reports
Scanned Valuation Reports
Watertown Historical Commission
Watertown Records
Early records of Watertown
Welcome Home Day Sept. 6, 1919

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