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.

100 Years Ago in Somerville - This is another example of a small phrase pointing to larger historical issues. The 8 hour law mentioned in the minutes from the Board of Aldermen on July 10, 1913 was the result of the progressive era labor movement. Massachusetts was one of the first states to pass eight hour laws. Most Americans worked 12 to 14 hour days in this period.

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