Chelmsford is a suburban community located in northern Middlesex County approximately 24 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. Chelmsford was incorporated in 1655 and has grown from a small rural community to a thriving residential suburban town of more than 33,000 people.

Here are some links to documents that will interest local history buffs:


Chelmsford Town-Wide History Project
Research the history of Chelmsford, or participate in the documenting and preserving project

Chelmsford Town Annual Reports Archive
Searchable archive of the Annual Reports for the Town of Chelmsford from 1874 to present. The reports are full-text searchable, and you can read them online or download them in a variety of formats. This archive was funded by a Boston Public Library grant and hosted by the Internet Archive, scanned from the collections of both the Chelmsford Historical Society and Chelmsford Library.

Historic Photos of Chelmsford

  • Library Photo Archive - A collection of photographs taken in and around Chelmsford and North Chelmsford, MA, throughout history. Featured here are the Royal Shawcross photos, focusing on the North Chelmsford area around 1901.
  • Town of Chelmsford Photo Archive - Photo archive maintained by Fred Merriam, includes both historical and modern photos of Chelmsford.

Chelmsford Library's Genealogy Subject Guide
A listing of resources available in the Library or online useful for genealogical and historical research.

The Chelmsford Bicentennial Quilt
This is a special web page developed by the library to showcase the Bicentennial Quilt which hangs in the lobby of the main library.

The History of Chelmsford
This is an online version of Waters' history of the Town of Chelmsford written by Rev. Wilson Waters (1917).

"Chelmsford," a poem of the history of Chelmsford by Tom Ryan
The Chelmsford Cutural Council and the town's 350th anniversary cultural committee commissioned writer and historian Tom Ryan to write this poem in celebration of Chelmsford's 350th anniversary.

Chelmsford Historical Society
This is the official Web site of the town's Historical Society with information on the Society's Museum, the Barrett-Byam Homestead.

Chelmsford Genealogy Club
This informal group meets monthly at the Chelmsford Library (first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.) to share of information and ideas, host speakers, and provide genealogical information on Chelmsford and surrounding towns.

Chelmsford's Garrison House
This site presents information on the "Old Chelmsford" Garrison House," one of 19 garrisons in Chelmsford in 1691-92, used to protect residents against Indian attacks. It also includes a link to a description of the "Old Byam" Blacksmith Shop.

Chelmsford Historical Commission
This site includes detailed information on most historical sites in Chelmsford, arranged by street address, and includes official Town records, historical background, newspaper clippings and an extensive collection of photographs."

Middlesex Canal Association
Dedicated to the Preservation and Restoration of the Historic Middlesex Canal.

Chelmsford Veterans Memorial Park
A peaceful setting open to the public, designed to honor the dedication to duty and sacrifices made by all veterans in our community. Located at 248 North Rd, Chelmsford, MA.

History of the Chelmsford Libraries
Written histories compiled about Chelmsford's two library buildings:

Chelmsford Cemetery Records
In addition to the printed cemetery records available in our Local History Room and the Town of Chelmsford's online cemetery archive, the files below are available in pdf format (compiled and donated by Jane Drury):

Chelmsford and The Simpsons
An exploration of the connection between Chelmsford, MA, and a popular animated television shows.