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CHC's Preservation Links

The following is a list of links that can help you find out more about historic preservation, local history, architectural history, and genealogy.  This is not a comprehensive list of available web resources, but it's a useful place to start.

Choose one of the following categories or browse the entire page of links:

Preservation and History
Research and Library
Architecture and Building
Sustainability and Weatherization
Tourism & Community




Preservation and History Links:

Cambridge Historical Society

Community Preservation Coalition

Historic New England (formerly the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities)

Magazine Beach Powder Magazine revitalization project blog

Massachusetts Historical Commission Homepage
     New: Massachusetts Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit
     Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund
     MACRIS database

Massachusetts Historical Society

Mass Moments, a daily almanac of Massachusetts history. A new project by the Mass Foundation for the Humanities.

National Park Service
     National Register of Historic Places
     Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
     Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives
     Historic Preservation Easements
     Technical Preservation Services
     Longfellow House / Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site -- Friends of the Longfellow House
    Teaching with Historic Places

National Trust for Historic Preservation Homepage
     Greening Older & Historic Buildings

Partners for Sacred Places

Preservation Action

Preservation Directory

Preservation Massachusetts (formerly Historic Massachusetts, Inc.)
      Preservation Consultants Directory


Somerville Old House Organization

Trustees of Reservations

Research and Library Links:

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society

American Canadian Genealogical Society

Boston Athenaeum

Boston Globe online archival search

Boston Public Library
     Leventhal Map Center:
         1877 birdseye view
         1879 birdseye view (East Cambridge) 

Bostonian Society/Boston Historical Society & Museum

Bridgewater State University: Massachusetts Hall of Black Achievement (African American biographical sketches)

Brief Biographies of American Architects, Who Died between 1897-1947

Cambridge Cemetery 617-349-4890

Cambridge Public Library
     The Cambridge Room
     Historic Cambridge Newspaper Collection Searchable Database
     Cambridge Directories 1848-1910

Cambridge Women's Heritage Project

Catholic Geneaology and Cemetery Locations, Archdiocese of Boston website, for info about Catholic Cemetery in North Cambridge; Catholic Cemetery in Watertown (at back of Mt. Auburn Cemetery), 781-322-6300

Christopher Hail's Cambridge Buildings and Architects database

Harvard Crimson online (searchable archives)

Harvard Map Collection
     1833 Wadworth plan
     1854 Walling map
     1873 Hopkins atlas

     1885/88 Sanborn atlas
     1886 Hopkins atlas
     1894 Bromley atlas
     1900 Sanborn atlas
     1903 Bromley atlas

     1916 Bromley atlas

Harvard Archives

Harvard Square Library   With the full text of Rev. Abiel Holmes' History of Cambridge of 1801 and a history of the First Parish church in Harvard Square.

Library of Congress
     American Memory Collections
     America's Story (kids' page) 

Massachusetts Archives
     online Massachusetts vital records database

Massachusetts General Laws

Middlesex South Registry of Deeds

M.I.T. Archives & Special Collections: MIT History

Mount Auburn Cemetery, 617-547-7105

New England Historical and Genealogical Society

National Archives and Records Administration -- Boston Regional Office

Paige's History of Cambridge

Smithsonian SIRIS Database (Art and Sculpture)
     1930 Bromley atlas

Architecture and Building Links:

Boston Society of Architects

California Office of Historic Preservation/ Window Repair and Retrofit: Studies and Research

Christopher Hail's Cambridge Buildings and Architects database

Society of Architectural Historians Homepage
     Brief Biographies of American Architects Who Died Between 1897 and 1947

Sustainability and Weatherization Tips

Preservation Green Lab
     10 Ways to Green Your Historic Home
     10 Ways to Weatherize Your Historic Home
     Green Home Tips
     Preserving Historic Wood Windows resources

National Park Service: Technical Preservation Services on Sustainability
     Preservation Brief #3: Improving Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings
     Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings

Historic New England on Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Tourism & Community:

Cambridge Historical Society

Cambridge Office for Tourism

Historias de Cambridge, Latino immigrant oral history project

Historic New England

Jane Jacobs Walk

Longfellow House / Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

Margaret Fuller Bicentennial, 2010

Massachusetts Cultural Council

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Museum of African American History


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