Historical Documents

Select Bibliography of Published Resources for the History of Winchester

July 4th, 1890: 250th anniversary of the first white settlement within the territory of Winchester: Charlestown, 1633, Waterfield 1638, Charlestown Village, 1640, Woburn, 1642, Winchester 1850. [Boston: Barta Press, 1890]. 32p. Available: WPL, Local History, Reference 974.4 Winches Online at Harvard University Library. Also available in Heritage Quest Online. (Click Search Books, then Places, then enter LH20285 as keyword to go directly to the volume).

Allison, Mildred. A Children's History of Winchester, Massachusetts. Based on Chapman's The History of Winchester. Revised and updated by Ellen Knight. Winchester, MA. Winchester Historical Society, 2004. 44p. Designed to be used to teach a unit on Winchester history at the third grade level. This basic history of Winchester includes many historic photos, maps, drawings and even an explanation of the town seal. Available: WPL: Adult, Children's, Reference, 974.44 Allison. (In print) On Sale at BookEnds.

Anthony’s standard business directory and reference book of Woburn, Winchester, Arlington, Lexington, Belmont, Watertown, Waltham, Newton, Massachusetts. [Washington, D.C.], Anthony Publishing Co. 1898/99. Winchester directory is on page 29–35. Available: Online at the Harvard University Library.

Chapman, Henry Smith. A History of Winchester. 2 vols. Winchester, MA.: Town of Winchester, 1975. Volume 1, 0riginally published in 1936 and reprinted in 1975 covers Winchester's history up to the early 20th century. Volume 2, by Bruce Winchester Stone continues Winchester's history up to the early 1960s. Available: WPL, Local History, Reference. (In Print) On Sale at the Winchester Public Library and BookEnds. Volume 1 is online at Heritage Quest Online (Click Search Books, then Places, then enter LH8771 as the keyword to go directly to the volume). Available: Heritage Quest Online database at WPL in the library or from home. (Winchester resident library card required).

Clarke, Mary Stetson. The Old Middlesex Canal. Melrose, MA.: The Hilltop Press, 1974. 191p. Available: WPL, Adult, Local History, Reference, 974.44 CLA

Converse, Parker Lindall, 1822-1899. 1642-1892: legends of Woburn, now first written and preserved in collected form to which is added a chrono-indexical history of Woburn. Woburn, Mass., Printed for subscribers only, 1892-96. 2v. NOTE Title of v. 2: 1642-1892. Legends of Woburn, 2d series now first written and preserved in collected form from old traditions, legends and history to which is added a table of local weather indications. Available: WPL, Local History, 975.45 Woburn

History of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Volume 1 (A-H), Volume 2 (L-W) compiled by Samuel Adams Drake, published 1879-1880. 572 and 505 pages. Available: Online at Harvard University Library and in Google Books. An Winchester article by Edwin A. Wadleigh in volume 2, pages 506-525. Article on Woburn by George M. Champney, p.526–554.

Jones, Rupert F. A short history of the Winchester Public Library. [1959?]. [19p.] Available: WPL, Local History, Reference 974.44W Jon

Breaking ninety 1897–1987. [Winchester, Mass.] : Winchester Country Club, c1987. Available: WPL, Local History, 974.44W Winchester

Kellaway, Herbert J. Report upon the improvement of the waterways in Winchester, Massachusetts and related matters from the Mill Pond along the Aberjona River to the town line also along Horn Pond Brook and Wedge Pond. Boston, MA.: Herbert J. Kellaway, 1928. 88p. Note: Contains many interesting photographs on ponds and waterways. Available: WPL, Local History, 974.44W

Knight, Ellen. Artists of Winchester, 1850–1950. Winchester, MA.: Winchester Historical Society, 2004. This illustrated history of the artists who lived and practiced in Winchester contains information about the town's artists and presents them in an attractive booklet that focuses on their career and activities in town. Included are nationally known landscape painter J. Foxcroft Cole and etcher W.H.W. Bicknell. Locally Edward Brackett was as famous for his octagon house as his sculpture, and Ernest Dudley Chase's sketches of Winchester appeared on town calendars for many years. Women such as Adelaide Cole Chase, Eva Cowdery, and Annie Nowell were prominent for their portrait and still life paintings. What emerges is a picture of Winchester as a center of artistic activity, a place that valued its beautiful landscapes and promoted its culture. Available: WPL, Adult, Local History, Reference, 709.2 Knight. (In Print) On sale at BookEnds.

Knight, Ellen. Winchester High School, Winchester Junior High School, McCall Junior High School, Lincoln Elementary School : a centennial history 1904–2004. Winchester, Mass. 2003. [20] p. Produced in association with the Winchester Historical Society and Lincoln School 100 Year Committee's Lincoln School Centennial Celebration. Available: WPL, Local History, 974.44W

Knight, Ellen. Winchester Hospital : our first century. Winchester Hospital, 2011. 167 p. Available: Winchester Ref. 974.44 Knight

Knight, Ellen. Winchester Public Library: an illustrated history. 2006. 27 p.Available: WPL, Adult, Children's, Local History, Reference, 974.44W Knight

Knight, Ellen. Winchester's homes of the stars. Winchester, 2008. 12 p. Available: WPL, Local History, Reference, 974.44 Knight

Knight, Ellen. Wright-Locke Farm: A history in pictures. Winchester, MA.: Winchester Archival Center, 2008. 16 p. The lavish illustrations cover the Wright-Locke farm and the greater Ridge Street area from different time periods and various angles, including aerial shots. There are also sections on the original farm owners, the Wright's and the Locke's. Available: WPL, Local History, Reference, 974.44 Knight. On sale at BookEnds and from the Winchester Historical Society. $10.

Kromer, W. Todd. History of the Winchester Fire Department: a collection of vintage memorabilia. Boston, Mass.: Boston Publishing Co., c1975. 70 p. Available: WPL, Local History, 974.44W

Larrabee, Gary S. Winchester Country Club, 1902-2002. Gary Larrabee. Beverly, Mass.: Memoirs Unlimited, c2002. 276 p. Available: WPL, Local History, 974.44W Winchester

List of persons reported for the assessment of a poll tax as of April 1st, 1919. Winchester, MA.: Winchester Star Print, 1919. Available: WPL, Local History, 974.44W Winchester. Winchester Star Print, 1919

Pictorial history of Winchester, containing pictures of early residents, views of houses, ministers, town officers, fire department, some leading citizens etc. Wilson, 1914. Available: WPL, Reference, Local History, 974.44W Winchester

Remember when. [Winchester, Mass., 19--]. 84 p Clippings from column "Remember when" in Winchester Star weekly newspaper. Column published from 1960-1962, covering material ca. 1902–1940. Available: WPL, Local History 974.44W Winch

Seaburg, Carl. The Incredible ditch: a bicentennial of the Middlesex Canal. Cambridge, MA.: Ann Miniver Press for the Medford Historical Society, 1997. 138p. Available: WPL, Adult, Reference, 974.44 Seaburg

Sewall, Samuel, 1785–1868. The history of Woburn, Middlesex County, Mass. from the grant of its territory to Charlestown, in 1640, to the year 1860. Boston: Wiggin and Lunt, 1868. 657 p. Available: WPL, Local History, 974.45 Woburn

Sileo, Thomas P. The great spirit of Horn Pond: its history, traditions, and natural beauty. Chelmsford, MA.: Shagbark Publishing Co., c1996. 170 p. Available, WPL: Adult, Local History, 974.44 Sileo

Simonds, Henry E. Winchester Then and Now. Woburn, MA.: Woburn Daily times and Chronicle, 1982. Available: WPL, Local History, Reference, 974.44W Sim

VerPlanck, Burt. Middlesex canal guide and maps. Billerica, Mass.: Middlesex Canal Association, 1996. Atlas and maps. Middlesex Canal, a 27 mile canal running from Charlestown to the Merrimack River in Lowell, through Charlestown, Somerville, Medford, Winchester, Woburn, Wilmington, Billerica, Chelmsford and Lowell. In operation from 1803 to 1853, the canal had 20 locks and 8 aqueducts. Available: WPL, Local History, Circulating Collection, 974.44 VerPlanck

Washburn, Robert M. History of the town of Winchester, Massachusetts Fire Department, as edited by Robert M. Washburn. [Mass.]: The Editor, 1996. 103 p. Available: WPL, Local History, 974.4 4W

Wilson, Theodore P. Pictorial History of Winchester. Theo P. Wilson, 1914. Contains pictures of early residents, views of houses, ministers, town officers, fire department, some leading citizens etc. Includes a list of names. Available: WPL, Local History, Reference, 977.4W Pictorial

Wilson, Theodore P. Winchester, fifty years a town, published to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the town of Winchester, Massachusetts. [Winchester, Mass.] : The Winchester Star, [1900]. 80 p. Available: WPL, Reference Available also: Heritage Quest Online database at WPL in the library or from home. (Winchester resident library card required).

Winchester the Beautiful.[Winchester Mass.: Winchester National Bank, 194- .] 22 p. "This booklet issued with the compliments of The Winchester National Bank, Winchester, Massachusetts." Available: WPL, Local History 974.44W

Winchester, Members of the Winchester High School Class of 1945 including Frank H. Sleeper. Dover, N.H.: Arcadia, 1995. 127 p. (Images of America). A pictorial reminiscence of their experiences in Winchester by the High School class of 1945. "This book does not claim to be a complete photographic history of Winchester, but it certainly updates (to 1960) the last pictorial history of the town, published in 1914. It is a series of vignettes seen through the camera's eye." Available: WPL, Adult; Reference, Local History, 974.44W Winchester

The Woburn Directory. 1874/75. Contains directory for Winchester. Available:  Local History, 974.44W Woburn 1874 Online also at Harvard University Library. Harvard also has Woburn directories for 1868 and1877 online, but they do not contain Winchester directory information. 

Woburn (Mass.) Proceedings, October second to seventh, 1892, at the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the incorporation of the town of Woburn, Massachusetts. Woburn: Printed for the city: [The News Print], 1893. 233p. Available: WPL, Local History, 974.44Wo