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Local History & Genealogy

Dedication of the Cary Memorial Library building

In addition to hundreds of books about the Battle of Lexington, Cary Memorial Library has a substantial collection of materials on life in Lexington from the Colonial and Revolutionary periods to the present day. These materials are found in the Lexington Collection and the Edwin B. Worthen Collection.

The Lexington Collection

Materials in the Lexington Collection include published histories, Town reports, planning and zoning studies, Lexington High School yearbooks, family histories, newspapers, vital records, voting lists, street directories and vertical file materials, as well as histories of surrounding towns. These may be found by searching for specific topics in the Minuteman Library Network’s catalog or by browsing through a detailed listing of local history materials and resources.


Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington, from the Edwin B. Worthen CollectionThe Edwin B. Worthen Collection

Donated to Cary Library in 1976, the Edwin B. Worthen Collection documents life in Lexington from the early 19th to the mid-20th centuries. In addition to approximately 500 books, the Worthen Collection includes:

manuscripts maps   correspondence
pamphlets scrapbooks   research notes
photographs drawings   memorabilia
lantern slides sketches   vertical file materials

These materials may be explored in the Edwin B. Worthen Collection “Virtual Exhibit” and detailed Finding Aid (description of the collection).

Other Important Lexington Resources

Additional history-related resources in Lexington include the following:

Need additional information or research assistance? Ask a Librarian! Call the Reference Desk 781-862-6288, ext. 84410, or send an e-mail to