380 years and counting. Newton was first settled by the English in 1630. By 1691 it was officially established as a town. Approximately 182 years later, in 1873, Newton became a city . In other words, there is a great deal of history to be found here. You just need to know where to look.
Three key historical resources are the Newton Collection, located at the Newton Free Library at 330 Homer Street; Historic Newton at the Jackson Homestead Museum and Archives, at 527 Washington Street; and the City of Newton Archives, located in both Newton City Hall, located at 1000 Commonwealth Avenue directly across the street from the library, and the Newton Free Library itself. The pamphlet pictured to the left gives more detailed information on each of these three collections. Click Finding Historical Info Newton 2010-1 to download and look at or print out the pdf version of this pamphlet.
When you decide which you would like to explore, click on the name above for a link to the site. The link for the Newton Collection will bring you to the Newtoniana, an index to the collection. Type in keywords and clickable categories will appear. The link to Historic Newton brings you to their main site. It is well worth exploring. Click on the various options to the left. The link to Newton City Hall will bring you to the City Clerk’s Department. It is the City Clerk’s Department that is responsible for collecting and preserving the records of the City of Newton. To find out more about Newton, you might also want to check Resources on the City of Newton website.