The HHS has a large archive collection including historic photographs of Harvard events, people and places, town buildings and houses. We have extensive information about Harvard history, town affairs and organizations. Harvard’s utopian communities including the Shakers, are also documented in the Society’s collection.

In the archives, we have a large collection of genealogical information about Harvard families, including Hapgood, Haskell, Willard, Pollard, Bromfield, Hildreth, Stone, and many others.

The library collection includes books on the history of Harvard, the Harvard Shakers, religious history, and town histories in our area, as well as genealogical material.

Some examples of popular research requests:
• Burials in Harvard cemeteries, gravestones of ancestors
• Genealogical information about Harvard families
• History of my old house in Harvard
• Information about a Harvard industry, for example, brick making, slate quarrying
• Harvard church history
• History of street names in Harvard
• Harvard Shaker Village
• Old pictures of my house in Harvard

Research Hours
The Society is open for research in the archives and library most Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 1-5p.m. Researchers are welcome to use materials under the supervision of Society personnel. An appointment is strongly recommended. Please call 978-456-8525 or email Photocopying is available at 25 cents per page.

Research by mail, phone or email
The Harvard Historical Society is happy to conduct genealogical and local history research in response to mail, telephone, and email requests. Short research projects for members are free. Because we are a nonprofit volunteer organization, we request a minimum donation of $20 for research for non members. There may be additional costs for large numbers of photocopies or if your request requires more than one hour of research time—additional time will be billed at $20 per hour. You will be asked to approve charges before research is conducted. Complete house histories are available starting at $100.

Research requests may be sent to or made by phone at
978-456-8285. Please tell us specifically what you are looking for, and what information you have already.
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