Needham Historical Society Needham Historical Society, Needham Massachusetts 02492


The Collections of the Needham Historical Society are used to promote and disseminate information about the Town and its history. The collections are also a public resource for individuals doing their own historic or genealogical research.

Collections are made available for study by appointment with the Executive Director or Archivist. Please call 781-455-8860 or email

Artifacts – tools and implements of work; clothing, uniforms, and accessories (1700s – present); flags; local Native American artifacts; furniture and decorative arts; children’s toys and games; memorabilia of Needham events; local natural history collections

Document Archives – personal and family records (genealogies, correspondence, obituaries, etc); research files on topics of interest (businesses, agriculture, events, etc)

Books and Manuscripts – works on topics of local interest; published and unpublished works on Needham history, environment, and events; personal book collections; sermons, lectures, and speeches

Public Records – Town Reports, newspapers, street directories, poll tax lists; the High School Advocate

Photographic Archives – over 5000 photos of Needham people, scenes, and events (c. 1850 – present); slide collection (original photos, copy photos, object photos)