There are 35 volumes of collected town reports from 1843 to 2016. Reports prior to the 1940s tended to be more oriented toward monetary figures, but still provide invaluable information of the development of the town. Linked, the State Library of Massachusetts has an incomplete set of digitized Town Reports from the nineteenth century.
The HHR collection also has bound volumes of reports from other towns, such as Amesbury, Concord, and broader geographic areas the Cape Cod.
Please note that older bound volumes, particularly those holding nineteenth century reports, have delicate pages.
From 2016 to present, town reports may be found individually. These more recent reports have more detailed information, with the exception of vital records, which are now largely excluded beyond head count. They may also be found online via the linked town website.
There are at least three volumes relating to the historical laws of Massachusetts, not including an index of the laws up to 1921. Historical legal documents and laws may also be found on the Massachusetts website. Such documents may be of interest to those researching legal precedent and changes. Linked, the Massachusetts state website maintains links to digitized government records.
Please note that these books have become somewhat delicate.
The first three volumes of the series: Vol I 1628-1641, Vol II 1642-1649, Vol III: 1650-1657. They were edited by Nathaniel B. Shurtleff (Nathaniel Bradstreet). They represent a reprinting of some of the earliest government records relating to Massachusetts. These books were specifically printed in 1853 to preserve the earliest records of the Commonwealth.
Please note that these books are very old and delicate.
These are the later two volumes of this resource: Vol IV 1650-1660, Vol V 1674-1686. They were also edited by Nathaniel B. Shurtleff (Nathaniel Bradstreet). There are annotations in the margins. There does seem to be gaps in the years represented.
Please note these books are very old and delicate.