The Hampshire Room for Special Collections contains thousands of images documenting local history, including images of farms, factories, shops, schools, and local residents both well known and anonymous. The Northampton image collection comprises prints, glass and film negatives, lantern slides, etchings and stereographs. Other collections include the Elbridge Kingsley, Robert Emrick and Walter Corbin Collections, and the Daily Hampshire Gazette negatives from 1954-2004.
The Forbes Library holds a substantial collection of paintings, engravings, photographs, sculptures and other works by local, regional and nationally-known artists of the 18th to the 21st centuries. Among the art on permanent display are works by Leonard Baskin, Howard Chandler Christy, Lionel Delevingne, Elbridge Kingsley, Samuel F.B. Morse, Barry Moser, Elliott Offner, and others. The works can be viewed any time the library is open. Images of most of the fine arts collection can be seen in the Digital Gallery.
Research / Finding Images
Are you looking for a photograph of an ancestor? Or an old photograph of your house? Need illustrations for a book or school project?
Start Your Search Online
- Finding Aids and indexes to the image collection
- Digital Gallery
- Forbes images on Digital Commonwealth
Consult a Librarian
Our online resources cover only part of the collection, so if you don’t find what you are looking for online, please get in touch with us. We may be able to quickly find the image you are looking for, or arrange for you to come in to browse a portion of the collection. Contact the Arts & Music Department at 413-587-1013.
Articles and Guides
- The Angel of Hadley
- The story behind this famous painting.
- The Life and Death of Old Main
- This article, published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, describes Mark Majeski’s photographs of the ruins of Northampton State Hospital.