Books available about the History of Sudbury

Published June 26, 2001 | Informational - Historic Articles | Automatically Archived on 7/1/2002

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Here is a list of books about Sudbury available at Goodnow Library and local book stores.

The history of Sudbury, Massachusetts, 1638-1889
Hudson, Alfred Sereno, 1839-1907. Sudbury press, 1889.

Sudbury : a pictorial history
Scott, Laura, 1956- / by Laura Scott. Donning Co., c1989.

Puritan Village: The Formation of a New England Town, by Sumner Chilton Powell, Wesleyan Univ. Press, Middletown, Connecticut, 1963

A brief history of the towne of Sudbury in Massachusetts, 1639-1939
Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration of Massachusetts. text compiled and written by members of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration in Massachusetts. [s.n], c1987

The documents below are only available at the Goodnow Library

Old Sudbury : the second in a series of portrayals of Old New England towns, illustrated with reproductions of pencil sketches from the original domiciles built in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Pinkham Press, c1929.

Sudbury (Mass.) Bi-centennial celebration at Sudbury, Mass., April 18, 1876 : full report of exercises, including the oration by Prof. Edward J. Young. Trustees of the Goodnow Library, 1876

Bent, Samuel Arthur, 1841-1912. The Wayside Inn its history and literature. An address delivered before the Society of Colonial Wars at the Wayside Inn, Sudbury, Massachusetts, June 17, 1897 / By Samuel Arthur Bent … 1897.

Hudson, Alfred Sereno, 1839-1907. The annals of Sudbury, Wayland and Maynard, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. A. S. Hudson] 1891.

Here is a list of books about Sudbury’s history published by Porcupine Enterprises.

The latest book, published with the cooperation of the Sudbury Historical Society and support from the Sudbury Foundation and the Wayside Inn Trustees,is “Sudbury, 1890-1989, 100 Years in the Life of a Town
by Town Historian, Curt Garfield.

This 256-page book, available in hardbound and trade paperback editions, covers the period from Sudbury’s 250th birthday in 1889 to its 350th in 1989. Some significant events during that time include the Ku Klux Klan rally in August of 1925; Sudbury’s bid (or non-bid) to become the site for the headquarters of the United Nations and Giuseppi Cavicchio’s refusal to sell his water rights which scuttled Henry Ford’s plans to build an auto parts factory at the site of Charles O. Parmenter’s mill in South Sudbury.

The book is illustrated with prints from Sudbury Town Report covers from the 40s, 50s and 60s and contains several period maps.

The book’s index contains 650 names of people who have lived in town and contributed to its history. It will be available at Bearly Read Books, the Paper Store, the Wayside Inn Gift Shop and other local outlets. Casebound editions are $25 plus tax and trade paperbacks $12 plus tax. Books are also available from Porcupine Enterprises, 106 Woodside Road, Sudbury, MA 01776. Please include $3.20 postage for each book ordered.

Other Titles from Porcupine Enterprises:

As Ancient is This Hostelry, The Story of the Wayside Inn.
This 351-page trade paperback is the definitive history of Longfellow’s Wayside Inn. Written by husband and wife team of Alison Ridley and Sudbury Town Historian Curtis F. Garfield, the book is illustrated by noted muralist Robert Roy Evans. It retails at the Wayside Inn gift shop for $17. Autographed copies from Porcupine Enterprises are available for $15 plus $3.20 postage.

Henry Ford’s Boys.
This is the story of Henry Ford’s Wayside Inn School for Boys, a unique experiment in education that lasted from 1927 to 1947. More than 200 boys earned their high school diplomas, learned a trade and went on to live successful lives.

Besides a narrative history of the school and its activities, the book contains lengthy excerpts from the Boys Schools Diaries which were kept and sent to Dearborn for Mr. Ford’s examination. It also details the visits of Mr. Ford and guests including Thomas Edison and Harvey Firestone and includes an index listing most of the boys who matriculated there. Available from the Wayside Inn gift shop and Bearly Read Books for $10 or Porcupine Enterprises for $10 plus $3.20 postage for each book ordered.