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.
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. 

Here’s a postcard for our new arrivals. May your moving day be as painless as possible.

Here’s a postcard for our new arrivals. May your moving day be as painless as possible.

The last T stop built in Somerville was in it’s planning stages in 1977. This is an aerial view of the city from the environmental impact study for the Red Line. Check out the newest T stop at City of Somerville (Official)page.

The last T stop built in Somerville was in it’s planning stages in 1977. This is an aerial view of the city from the environmental impact study for the Red Line. Check out the newest T stop at City of Somerville (Official)page.

Warren Hotel Building in Union Square circa 1970s.

Warren Hotel Building in Union Square circa 1970s.

8 Richdale Avenue on May 17, 1961.

8 Richdale Avenue on May 17, 1961.

113 Perkins St on April 23, 1959.

113 Perkins St on April 23, 1959.

One hundred years ago in Somerville, Ward Baking Company advertised with musical trucks.

One hundred years ago in Somerville, Ward Baking Company advertised with musical trucks.

Broadway at Liberty Avenue on October 10, 1960

Broadway at Liberty Avenue on October 10, 1960

Dover at Elm Street on July 11, 1960

Dover at Elm Street on July 11, 1960