Local History

Subject Guides Northampton Local History

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  • The David Ruggles Center for Early Florence History & Underground Railroad Studies
    A work in progress: goals include collecting and organizing comprehensive copies of all materials pertinent to the early history of Florence and the Underground Railroad in western Massachusetts; providing historical exhibits, lectures and walking tours. The website contains historical and biographical articles on abolitionists and early African American residents.

  • Forbes Library Special Collections
    Online virtual exhibits, images, indexes, and finding aids to selected local history resources at Forbes Library

  • Historic Northampton
    Museum of local history with extensive collections including photographs, newspapers, maps, textiles, costume and furniture. The online database is searchable from Forbes Library computers.

  • Index to Local News in the Hampshire Gazette, 1786-1937
    An online version of the frequently consulted print index to the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Forbes Library has all of the Gazette on microfilm. (Not reliably keyword searchable. Recommended only if you can not consult a copy in print.)

  • Historic Properties Inventory
    Newly updated digital Massachusetts Historical Commission 'Form B's for properties throughout Northampton. Each Form B includes a photograph, map, date of construction, historical details, architectural description, and historical narrative of a property. Currently organized only by street and street number.
  • Laurel Park
    There is an archive of photographs, artifacts, maps and other documents from the late 19th century to the 1960s, not all accessible online.

  • Northampton Bank Robbery
    A short piece on the Northampton Bank Robbery from MassMoments.org.

  • Smith College Archives
    Contains online finding aids, digital collections, and images.

Neighboring communities

  • Friends of Quabbin
    The Friends of Quabbin page has some resources for anyone interested in the history of the Quabbin Reservoir including the history of Enfield, Dana, Greenwich, and Prescott, the four towns which were leveled in preparation for the flooding of the Swift River Valley.

  • Historic Deerfield
    Museum of early New England town architecture and lifestyle history.

  • Jones Library Special Collections
    Amherst public library, holdings include regional history, genealogy, manuscripts and photographs.

    • Digital Amherst
      Utilizing the historical and literary resources of the Jones Library of Amherst, Massachusetts, in collaboration with area residents and scholars, this site celebrates Amherst's 250th anniversary through images, multimedia, and documents that reflect the independent spirit of our people, creative works, and culture.

  • Museum of Springfield History
    The Museum of Springfield History combines the holdings of the Connecticut Valley Historical Society and the collections formerly housed in the Local History Room at the Springfield Library.
    Collections include Genealogy, Springfield History, French Canadian Collection, Springfield Newspapers, Maps, Photographs, Manuscripts and Ephemera.

  • University of Massachusetts Special Collections and Archives
    Holdings include manuscript collections, University records, regional history and tourism, historic maps and atlases.

Massachusetts (state-wide and regional resources)

  • Digital Collections Directory
    produced by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Lists some of the many online digital history resources created and maintained by Massachusetts institutions.

  • Digital Commonwealth
    A portal to the rich cultural heritage held in museums, historical societies, colleges, libraries and other cultural repositories in Massachusetts. From this site you can search or browse the digital collections of over 100 member institutions throughout the state for manuscripts, images, historical documents, and sound recordings, providing you with enhanced access and retrieval of information.
    Over a hundred organizations are members of Digital Commonwealth. As more of our members contribute their holdings, the variety and quantity of searchable objects will increase, and the richer and more valuable this portal will become.

  • Digital Treasures
    A cooperative digital library project of Central and Western Massachusetts libraries. Features historic images of Industry and Agriculture. Developed by CWMARS and the Central and Western Mass. Regional Library Systems

  • Directory of Western Massachusetts Libraries and Archives
    Annotated directory produced by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

  • The Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections Directory
    produced by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

  • Mass Moments
    An electronic almanac of Massachusetts history
    produced by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities

  • Massachusetts Archives
    The Massachusetts Archives holds the official records created by Massachusetts state government. Holdings are organized by agency and date from 1629 to the present.

  • Massachusetts Historical Society Library
    In addition to its own collections, the library's web site provides a guide provides an introduction to historical research at repositories other than the Massachusetts Historical Society.

  • Massachusetts History Online
    A searchable collection of history journals, professional publications, and other resources, selected for the benefit Massachusetts historians. Some publications are available with full-text while others are citation only.

  • Massachusetts Registry of Deeds
    Documents related to the ownership of real estate in Massachusetts are recorded with the Registry of Deeds. Most documents from 1948 on are searchable, and many other documents can be viewed online if the book and page number are known.

  • National Archives & Records Administration, Northeast Region
    Located in Pittsfield, MA.

  • Pioneer Valley History Network
    This collaboration of historical societies, sites, and museums has created a website including a directory of sites and an overview of research sources.

Special topics

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