Bedford by the Book

A guide to out-of-copyright histories (and descriptions) of Bedford, MA.

Every title (and cover image) links to a complete scan of its book!



A. E. Brown’s History

“History of the town of Bedford” (1891)

(110 pages)

by Abram English Brown

 

with “Genealogical register”

(48 pages)

 

 



Other Major Histories

“Bedford” (1880)

(~10 oversize pages)

by Josiah A. Stearns

 

in “History of Middlesex County” (Volume I)

by Samuel Adams Drake

 

 


“Historical discourse” (1879)

(55 pamphlet pages)

by Jonathan F. Stearns

 

with “A sketch of the celebration”

(24 pamphlet pages)

in “Bedford sesqui-centennial celebration”

 


“History of Bedford” (1835)

(19 pages)

by Lemuel Shattuck

 

in “A history of the town of Concord”

 

 

 



Minor Histories

“Bedford” (1927)

(~4 pages)

by Edwin P. Conklin

 

in “Middlesex County” (Volume II)

 

 

 


“Dismemberment” (1883)

(~4 pages) [excerpt]

by Henry A. Hazen

 

in “History of Billerica”

 

 

 


“Bedford” (1848)

(~1 page)

by John Warner Barber

 

in “Historical collections [of Massachusetts]”

 

 

 


A. E. Brown’s Descriptions

“Footprints of the patriots” (1896)

(10 pages)

by Abram English Brown

 

in “Beneath old roof trees”

 

 

 


“Governor Winthrop’s farm” (1892)

(12 pages)

by Abram English Brown

 

in “The New England magazine” (Volume VI)

 

 

 



Travel Guides

“From Beverly to Uxbridge” (1937)

(~2 pages) [excerpt]

by the Federal Writers’ Project

 

in “Massachusetts: a guide”

 

 

 


“Boston to Groton and Ashby” (1917)

(~1 page) [excerpt]

by Porter E. Sargent [pub.]

 

in “A handbook of New England”

 

 

 


“Bedford” (1908)

(~2 pages)

by William Richard Cutter [ed.]

 

in “Historic homes and places” (Volume I)

 

 

 


“Bedford” (1903)

(5 pages)

by Katharine M. Abbott

 

in “Old paths and legends”

 

 

 


“Concord, by way of Bedford” (1898)

(~9 pages) [excerpt]

by Edwin M. Bacon

 

in “Walks and rides in the country”

 

 

 


“Bedford” (1897)

(4 pages)

by J. W. Freese

 

in “Historic houses and spots”

 

 

 



Gazetteer Entries

“Bedford” (1890)

(~1 page)

by Elias Nason; revised
by George J. Varney

 

in “A gazetteer [of Massachusetts]”

 

 


“Bedford” (1874)

(~1 page)

by Elias Nason

 

in “A gazetteer [of Massachusetts]”

 

 

 


“Bedford” (1860)

(~½ page)

by Jeremiah Spofford

 

in “[A] gazetteer of Massachusetts”

 

 

 


“Bedford, Ms.” (1857)

(~¼ page)

by John Hayward

 

in “The New England gazetteer”

 

 

 


“Bedford” (1847)

(~¼ page)

by John Hayward

 

in “A gazetteer of Massachusetts”

 

 

 


“Bedford” (1843)

(one paragraph)

by Daniel Haskel
and J. Calvin Smith

 

in “[A] gazetteer of the United States”

 

 

 


“Bedford, Mass.” (1839)

(one paragraph)

by John Hayward

 

in “The New England gazetteer”

 

 

 


“Bedford” (1833)

(one paragraph)

by William Darby
and Theodore Dwight, Jr.

 

in “A new gazetteer of the United States”

 

 

 



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