The Lexington Historical Society maintains a research library and archives at the Hancock-Clarke House, 36 Hancock Street. The collections cover the entirety of Lexington’s history from the 17th century through present day, and include thousands of original manuscripts and photographs. Our archives are especially rich regarding Lexington’s historic role in the opening days of the American Revolution.
We welcome both Members of the Society and non-members to research in the archives. Non-member researchers are asked to pay a $35 research fee to cover staff expenses. Members, students, and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations can use the archives at no charge. You can become a Member of the Society for $35. Please click here to learn more about membership and to take advantage of this free access to research materials!
Since we operate with a small staff and volunteers, researchers can be accommodated by appointment only. Please make your research appointment at least two weeks in advance, and allow two weeks for us to respond to research requests.
Please familiarize yourself with our Archival Procedures as well as our Research and Reproduction Fees prior to your visit to the Archives.
To make a research appointment or to submit a research request, please contact our Archives Manager, Elizabeth Mubarek: