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Researching Waltham: Resources for Research, Teaching, and Learning

A collection of resources about the City of Waltham to help students, faculty, and other partners engage with their surrounding community.

Simona Shuman ’22 and Sophie Trachtenberg ’21 developed this guide while working as Research Assistants for Professors Wendy Cadge and Sara Shostak during the summer of 2020. Many thanks to Simona and Sophie for their hard work! Abigail Beckham, Library Graduate Assistant for Research Services, has provided updates to the guide. 


The Waltham Engagement Library Guide includes learning tools, maps, data, historical materials, and other resources to help students, faculty, staff, and community partners learn about the city of Waltham, Massachusetts. This library guide  is meant to serve as a springboard for community-engaged research, teaching, and partnerships. We hope this page will strengthen connections between Brandeis University and the City of Waltham. 

Image Left: Waltham's famous Moody Street.

Image Center: Brandeis community members attend a parade for the 135th anniversary of the City of Waltham in 2019.

Image Right: The banks of the Charles River, which runs prominently through the city.

About this Project

At Brandeis, faculty and students teach, learn, and conduct research that engages with community partners in the city of Waltham. While individuals gather their own resources, a scholarly repository to link these efforts has never existed. We created this site to fill the void, giving students, faculty, and staff a place to share academic materials with one another and with community partners in the greater Waltham area.  

We built this site as an ongoing living repository for research materials and products about Waltham by bringing information to one place, we hope to spark new conversations and partnerships among students, faculty, staff, and city and community partners.