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Books and Manuscripts – works on topics of local interest; published and unpublished works on Needham history, environment, and events; personal book collections; sermons, lectures, and speeches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

Hours:Tuesday through Thursday, 9:00am to 12:00pm.
Mission: The Needham Historical Society is an educational resource to the citizens of Needham. The mission of the Needham Historical Society is to understand the value and the unique history of the Town of Needham, so that we can enhance the present and future of the culture, and the knowledge and civic pride of its citizens. Since 1915, the Needham Historical Society has celebrated the history of Needham and the accomplishments of its residents. Through exhibits, programs, publications and outreach to the schools and community groups, the Needham Historical Society is committed to preserving and sharing this unique legacy.
Founded: 1915
Needham Historical Society, Inc.
1147 Central Avenue
Needham, Mass. 02492
Phone: 781-455-8860