Archival Collections

The Historic Newton Archives, located at the Jackson Homestead and Museum on 527 Washington St. in Newton, houses records related to Newton's social, cultural, economic, and physical development. The collection contains manuscripts, including letters, diaries, journals, account books and other paper ephemera; photographs, slides and graphic materials; maps, plans and atlases; oral history and video tapes; bound Town and City Reports; and a small local history reference collection. If you need further resources not available on the website, please fill out a Research Request Form.

Family Papers


Other Pertinent Resources Include:

  • The Newton Historical Properties Survey is a major resource. It provides information on more than 5,000 buildings, 21 structures, 120 areas, two local historic districts, and four burial grounds.
  • The map collection includes manuscript and printed maps and plans of Newton, bound City Atlases (1874, 1886, 1895, 1907, 1917, 1929) and Sanborn maps (1892, 1903, 1931-49). Birds-eye views of the villages and aerial photographs complement this collection.
  • The book collection includes bound Town and City Reports (1849-1930s), City Directories (1868-1985) and local histories. There is also a small reference collection of books on some adjacent communities, suburban development, architecture, gravestone studies, and museum management.
  • Audio and video tapes include 150 oral history tapes made as part of an oral history project begun in the 1980s and a growing collection of video tapes made in conjunction with the Historic Newton's on-going decade-long Time Capsule project.

Collection materials do not circulate. For additional assistance, please fill out a Research Request Form.