Genealogy: Massachusetts, Library and society resource list

Massachusetts, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (4)

  1. Massachusetts Archives:  http://www.state.ma.us/sec/arc/
  2. Massachusetts Historical Society:  http://www.masshist.org/
  3. Massachusetts Society of Genealogists:  http://www.rootsweb.com/~masgi/
  4. State Library of Massachusetts:  http://www.mass.gov/lib/

University Archives and Collections (33)

  1. Andover-Harvard Theological Library:   http://www.hds.harvard.edu/library/bms/index.html
  2. Boston College:   http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/ulib/Burns/index.html
  3. Boston University. School of Theology:   http://www.bu.edu/sth/archives/index.html
  4. Boston University. Special Collections:    http://www.bu.edu/speccol/
  5. Brandeis University. Sakharov Archives:   http://www.brandeis.edu/departments/sakharov/collections.html
  6. Bridgewater State College:    http://www.bridgew.edu/Library/scres1.cfm
  7. Clark University: http://www.clarku.edu/research/archives/
  8. College of The Holy Cross. Archives & Special Collections:   http://www.holycross.edu/departments/library/website/archives/index.html
  9. College of The Holy Cross. Hiatt Holocaust Collection:   http://www.holycross.edu/departments/library/website/hiatt/
  10. College of The Holy Cross. New England Jesuit Archives:  http://www.holycross.edu/departments/library/website/archives/jesuit.html
  11. Harvard Business School. Baker Library:   http://www.library.hbs.edu/hc/
  12. Harvard University. Archives:   http://hul.harvard.edu/huarc/
  13. Harvard University. Botany Libraries:   http://www.huh.harvard.edu/libraries/archives.htm
  14. Harvard University. Countway Library of Medicine:   http://countweb.med.harvard.edu/rarebooks/
  15. Harvard University. Environmental Science and Public Policy Archives:   http://hcl.harvard.edu/environment/archives/
  16. Harvard University. Graduate School of Design:   http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/library/special_collections/
  17. Harvard University. Houghton Library:   http://www-hcl.harvard.edu/houghton/
  18. Harvard University. Isham Memorial Library:   http://hcl.harvard.edu/loebmusic/isham-collections.html
  19. Harvard University. Tozzer Library:   http://hcl.harvard.edu/tozzer/collections/special_collections.html
  20. Harvard University. Ukrainian Research Institute:    http://www.huri.harvard.edu/library.coll.html
  21. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections:   http://libraries.mit.edu/archives/
  22. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Museum:   http://web.mit.edu/museum/collections/architecture.html
  23. Peabody Museum at Harvard University:    http://www.peabody.harvard.edu/archives/default.html
  24. Tufts University:   http://dca.tufts.edu/
  25. University of Massachusetts, Amherst:   http://www.library.umass.edu/spcoll/spec.html
  26. University of Massachusetts, Boston:   http://www.lib.umb.edu/archives/
  27. University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth:  http://www.lib.umassd.edu/ARCHIVES/Archives.html
  28. University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Center For Lowell History:   http://library.uml.edu/clh/
  29. Wellesley College. Archives:   http://www.wellesley.edu/Library/Archives/homepage.html
  30. Wellesley College. Special Collections:   http://www.wellesley.edu/Library/SpecColl/SCstart.html
  31. Williams College. Archives and Special Collections:   http://www.williams.edu/library/archives/main.html
  32. Williams College. Chapin Library:   http://www.williams.edu/resources/chapin/
  33. Worcester Polytechnic Institute:   http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/Library/Archives/

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (35)

  1. Amesbury–Amesbury Public Library:   http://www.amesburylibrary.org/local.htm
  2. Amherst–Jones Library (Amherst) :   http://www.joneslibrary.org/specialcollections/
  3. Andover–Memorial Hall Library:   http://www.mhl.org/research/brochures/genealogy.htm
  4. Barnstable–Sturgis Library Archives:  http://www.sturgislibrary.org/resources/special/archives/index.php
  5. Boston–Boston Public Library:   http://www.bpl.org/research/special/index.htm
  6. Boston–Boston Public Library:  http://www.bpl.org/research/socsci/genealogy.htm
  7. Boston–City of Boston Archives:   http://www.cityofboston.gov/archivesandrecords/
  8. Boston–New England Historic Genealogical Society Library:  http://www.newenglandancestors.org/rs2/libraries/main/
  9. Brookline–Brookline Public Library:   http://www.town.brookline.ma.us/library/BrooklineHistory/BrooklineRoom.htm
  10. Brooks–Brooks Free Library:   http://www.vsg.cape.com/~brooks/special.htm#Research
  11. Burlington–Burlington Municipal Archives:   http://www.burlington.org/clerk/archives/
  12. Cambridge–Cambridge Public Library:   http://www.ci.cambridge.ma.us/~CPL/collections/crdesc.html
  13. Cary–Cary Memorial Library:   http://www.carylibrary.org/reference/historical.html
  14. Eldredge–Eldredge Public Library:   http://www.eldredgelibrary.org/genealogy.html
  15. Falmouth–Falmouth Public Library:   http://www.falmouthpubliclibrary.org/special.htm#Genealogy
  16. Fitchburg–Fitchburg Public Library:   http://www.net1plus.com/users/fpl/Localhistory.html
  17. Forbush–Forbush Memorial Library:   http://www.westminster-ma.org/library/SpecColl.html
  18. Haverhill–Haverhill Public Library:   http://www.haverhillpl.org/Departments/special.htm
  19. Hingham–Hingham Public Library:   http://www.hingham-ma.com/html/special_collections.html
  20. Holyoke–Holyoke Public Library:  http://www.holyokelibrary.org/Local History.htm
  21. Kingston–Kingston Public Library:   http://www.kingstonpubliclibrary.org/localhistory/localhistory.htm
  22. Longmeadow–Richard Salter Storrs Library:   http://www.longmeadow.org/library/hafer.html
  23. Lynnfield–Lynnfield Public Library:   http://www.noblenet.org/lynnfield/genealogy.htm
  24. Malden–Malden Public Library:   http://www.maldenpubliclibrary.org/localhis.html
  25. Melrose–Melrose Public Library:   http://www.noblenet.org/melrose/services/local_history.htm
  26. Milford–Milford Town Library:   http://www.infofind.com/library/milford.htm
  27. Millicent–Millicent Library:    http://www.millicentlibrary.org/archives.htm
  28. Pittsfield–Berkshire Athenaeum:   http://www.berkshire.net/PittsfieldLibrary/about.html#Anchor-LOCAL-%2049575
  29. Plymouth–Plymouth Public Library:   http://www.plymouthpubliclibrary.org/history.htm
  30. Sherborn–Sherborn Library:   http://home.comcast.net/~sherbornlibrary/historical.html
  31. Sturbridge–Joshua Hyde Public Library:   http://www.town.sturbridge.ma.us/Public_Documents/SturbridgeMA_LibDocs/local_history
  32. Sturgis–Sturgis Library:    http://home.capecod.net/~sturgis/special.html
  33. Wakefield–Lucius Beebe Memorial Library:   http://www.wakefieldlibrary.org/rhistory.htm
  34. Waltham–Waltham Public Library:   http://waltham.lib.ma.us/Waltham Room/archive.html
  35. Worcester–Worcester Public Library:  http://www.worcpublib.org/resources/genealogy.html#local

Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (7)

  1. Amherst Center for Russian Culture:   http://www.amherst.edu/~acrc/collections.html
  2. Beverly Historical Society:   ttp://www.beverlyhistory.org/library.htm
  3. Bostonian Society:    http://www.bostonhistory.org/libcoll.php
  4. Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society:   http://www.marthasvineyardhistory.org/library.html
  5. New England Historic Genealogical Society:    http://www.newenglandancestors.org/libraries/manuscripts/
  6. United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum:   http://www.uss-salem.org/museum/archives/archives.htm
  7. Woods Hole Historical Museum:   http://www.woodsholemuseum.org/woodspages/cllctns.html

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. Magazine & Newspaper Articles – Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners:  http://mblc.state.ma.us/books/magazine/index.php

This site allows users to read magazines and newspapers online. The databases contain thousands of popular magazines, scholarly journals, encyclopedias, newspapers, electronic books and more.

Digital Library Collections (13)

  1. Visual Resources Database (Minnesota Historical Society) :  http://collections.mnhs.org/visualresources/
  2. Boston College, John J. Burns Library, Digitized Collections:    http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/ulib/Burns/digital.html
  3. Boston College Libraries, Digital Library Projects:    http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/ulib/cs/digproj.html
  4. Harvard University Library, Library Digital Initiative:    http://hul.harvard.edu/ldi/
  5. Open Collections Program  http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/
  6. Digital Collections by Subject:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html#BCDL-Links-Subjects
  7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Press Digital Projects:    http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/browse/type.asp?sid=49F3A346-70D1-4F58-9330-D6B09F72E2D0&ttype=13
  8. Digital Collections by Subject:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html#BCDL-Links-Subjects
  9. Tufts University, Digital Collections and Archives:    http://dca.tufts.edu/
  10. Digital Library  http://dl.tufts.edu/
  11. New England Collections Online:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/general-collections-us.html#NewEnglandCollOnline
  12. Northeast Massachusetts Digital Library:    http://www.nmrls.org/nmdl/
  13. The Digital Commonwealth:    http://www.nmrls.org/digitalcommonwealth/