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Dedham Historical Society Company Information

  • Dedham
  • 02027
  • Massachusetts
  • United States


About the Archives and Library The DHSM is an independent research facility. The archives and library collect, preserves, and provides access to genealogical records and materials related to the history of Dedham from the 1600s to the present. The library contains more than 10,000 volumes including standard and rare genealogical and historical reference materials. The archives include extensive primary documents relating to Dedham families. Also included are Dedham related materials including Church and civil records from 1635; Newspapers from 1796; 18th–20th century maps; journals, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs, motion pictures, glass negatives, postcards, and ephemera; social organizations; business collections including banks and turnpikes; early industries and patents; materials relating to local schools; and military collections with particularly strong material from the Civil War and World War II; etc. For more information on the archives and library, visit About DHSM The Dedham Historical Society & Museum was founded in 1859 for the purposes of collecting and preserving material related to the history of Dedham, MA, from the 1600s to the present. The DHSM works within the community and beyond to establish an appreciation for the town’s history and place within the culture of the region, connecting the past to the present. Established in 1636, the original land grant extended 200 miles to the border of what is now Rhode Island, since sectioned into 16 towns. The DHSM holds an important collection of American fine and decorative arts relating to the town and early Massachusetts history, and a library and archives housing rare materials ranging from original documents from the town’s founding, industries, military, maps, church and civil records, etc. Dedham is the seat of Norfolk County and home to many “firsts” in the nation. The Dedham Historical Society & Museum is a charitable, educational institution, organized under Chapter 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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