Step #1: Read Secondary Sources

The first place to begin your research on the industrial history of Norwood is with published books about the history of the town and, more generally, the industrial history of New England. Many of these books are available at the Morrill Memorial Library or can be requested via interlibrary loan. Click here for an annotated bibliography of recommended readings.

Step #2: Research Primary Sources

The Norwood Historical Society and the Morrill Memorial Library both have unpublished archival collections that relate to the industrial history of Norwood. These collections include original photographs, business documents, organizational records, personal papers and other one-of-a-kind materials. Because these are unique, original documents, there may be restrictions on how and when they can be viewed, and they must always be used with great care.

Morrill Memorial Library

Of particular interest at the Morrill Memorial Library are: a collection of Norwood Resident & Business Directories (ca. 1872-present), the records of the Norwood Business Association & Board of Trade (1894-1925), and historical newspapers on microfilm. For information on hours and access to these and other historical collections at the Morrill Memorial Library, visit their website at or call the Reference Desk at 781-769-0200 x223.

Norwood Historical Society

The Norwood Historical Society has recently organized and made available archival material from our industrial history collections. Selected items are available on this website. Additional archival material can be viewed by appointment by calling the Society at 781-762-9197. (There may be fees for research and copying.) Prior to your visit, we encourage you to take a look at the finding aids for these collections to see what material is available.

Click on the links below for copies of the finding aids for Norwood Historical Society archival collections relating to the town's industrial history:


Return to Norwood industries.

This project is supported by a grant from the Norwood Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Norwood Historical Society, The Day House, 93 Day Street, Norwood, MA 02062 | Tel: 781-762-9197 |