City of Somerville Archives

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.
234 Willow Avenue on February 2, 1959.

234 Willow Avenue on February 2, 1959.

72 Prospect Street on May 19,1953

72 Prospect Street on May 19,1953

44 Lincoln Street, on July 2, 1958

44 Lincoln Street, on July 2, 1958

Intersection of Cedar, Elm, and Mossland Streets March 12, 1956.

Intersection of Cedar, Elm, and Mossland Streets March 12, 1956.

Here is a little piece of Union Square History. In 1914 Mary L. Vinal established an intelligence office in Union Square. At the turn of the twentieth century an intelligence office was an employment agency for domestic service.
To find out more about Union Square’s past take the walking tour on Sunday the 28th. 

Here is a little piece of Union Square History. In 1914 Mary L. Vinal established an intelligence office in Union Square. At the turn of the twentieth century an intelligence office was an employment agency for domestic service.

To find out more about Union Square’s past take the walking tour on Sunday the 28th. 

6 Beacon Street on April 22,1954.

6 Beacon Street on April 22,1954.

9 Hudson Street on August 27, 1956.

9 Hudson Street on August 27, 1956.

48 Curtis Avenue, August 27, 1956.

48 Curtis Avenue, August 27, 1956.

Welcome back students! Here is a photo of the High School, originally the English School from 1895

Welcome back students! Here is a photo of the High School, originally the English School from 1895

The Sullivan Station of the Charlestown Elevated Railway was one of the main public transit routes for Somerville until the 1970s.  We get something better today with the new Assembly Stop on the Orange Line. 

The Sullivan Station of the Charlestown Elevated Railway was one of the main public transit routes for Somerville until the 1970s.  We get something better today with the new Assembly Stop on the Orange Line.