The city of Somerville was founded in 1842. This blog features highlights of the municipal archives collections. If you have questions about the documents you see here, or the history of the municipal government, contact the archivist through ask.

The archives is working on a new digital exhibit! Here’s a sneak peek of one of the documents.

You can still find our previous exhigit here: http://somervillearchives.omeka.net/exhibits/show/boardofhealth

I’ve been away from our social media sites, but while I’ve been gone I’ve found some good things!

For example, here is our first mayor’s oath of office.

Vechicle in the DPW Yard, September 17, 1957.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


This photo from the Recreation Department has no date, but it does have more information than is usually provided.

“Entries in Cake Contest, part of program at Clovenette St. Patricks’ Party, Grimmons Building.
Left to Right - Pauline M. Angello, Shirley J. Smith, Audrey C. Peterson, Helen J. Albano (3rd prize), Joyce C. Linehan, Arlene B. McCune, Maria G. Zucas (2nd prize) Joan H. Fitzgerald, and winner of contest Lorraine A. Unella. “

90 Summer Street May 22, 1968.

24 College Avenue on April 29, 1968.

Ladder 4, 1960s

Landers Ave on September 23, 1968.

Landers Avenue on September 23, 1968

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