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Medford Municipal Records Collection

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DIRECTORIES in the MHSM Collection
Directories of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Manufacturing Establishments, Business Firms, Societies, Etc. Etc. in Medford.

For the years 1838-1892, these documents consist of Municipal expenses, receipts, annual reports, and lists of taxpayers. A few years (1875, 1880, 1885, and 1890) also include extensive lists of the properties owned — including locations, square footage, basic descriptions — and the taxes paid by each taxpayer. Starting with the establishment of the City form of government in 1892, male taxpayers were listed in a separate annual volume (“Persons Assessed a Poll Tax”), first listed by Precinct, and then by Ward. Also included here is one separate Annual Report of the School Committee for 1846-47.

When Medford became a City in 1892, a separate annual report was made listing all of the male residents. They were listed by Precinct in 1892 and by Ward starting in 1893. Missing years are available at the Medford Public Library. These books are sometimes known as the “Medford List of Persons” books. Starting in 1920 they also listed female residents.

Handwritten lists of Medford taxpayers, by street. Only 3 volumes exist in the MHSM Collection and, being handwritten, are not searchable.