Special Collections

Special Hours [top]

Wednesday and Thursday: 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm

Special Collections is an area of the Library dedicated to local history,  genealogy, and rare photographs of Haverhill. If you would like to visit Special Collections, simply go to the third floor of the Library during the hours listed above. Please note that the materials kept in Special Collections may not be borrowed.

Library staff can perform an obituary search if provided an exact date of death.
Printing and scanning any Special Collections material is $0.50/page.

Feel free to call us at 978-373-1586 x642 during our special hours.
Special Collections staff may also be reached via email here.

Historical Collections [top]

Haverhill History Collection [top]

Photographs, newspaper clippings, city directories (1850 – present), cemetery records, yearbooks, pamphlets, manuscripts and other materials relevant to the history of Haverhill. File categories include authors, business, churches, clubs, history, houses, manufacturing, monuments, neighborhoods, railroads, rivers, schools, societies, and theaters.

Whittier Collection [top]

Books, manuscripts and photographs of the Quaker poet with biographies about Whittier as well as works of literary criticism. In addition, there are books on Quaker History, Quaker authors, as well as biographies of contemporary 19th century writers and anti-slavery crusaders. The Whittier Collection is held in the newly renovated Trustees Room at the library and is made available by appointment only.

Haverhill Citizens Hall of Fame
The Haverhill Citizens Hall of Fame was established at the Haverhill Public Library in 1985. Its purpose is to recognize, prominently and permanently, individuals from Haverhill who have made significant contributions to the larger communities of state, country and world, of which we are all citizens.

Essex County Probate Records [top]

1671-1857 on microfilm.

Society of Friends (Quaker) Records [top]

For Hampton and Seabrook, New Hampshire, 1701-1888 on microfilm

Genealogy Resources [top]

Online Resources [top]

Ancestry: Library [ from library only ]
HeritageQuest Online [ from home ]
Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections Directory
New England Historic Genealogical Society [ from library only ]

Massachusetts State Census, 1855 & 1865 [top]

Microfilm. Transcriptions of Haverhill, Bradford, Ipswich, Groveland, Hamilton, Manchester, Essex, Georgetown, Boxford, West Boxford, Newbury, North Andover, Rockport, Swampscott, Wenham, West Newbury, and Topsfield.

Federal Census for Essex County, Massachusetts 1790-1920 [top]

Print & Microfilm.

Federal Census for Rockingham County, New Hampshire [top]

1850-1920 on microfilm

Pecker Genealogical Collection [top]

9,000 volumes of New England town histories and New England family histories.

Boston Transcript: Notes and Queries [top]

1896-1941 on Microfiche

Vital Records Available on Microfilm [top]

Title Date Range
Births in Massachusetts 1844-1915
Index to Births in Massachusetts 1841-1915
Deaths in Massachusetts
Deaths in Haverhill, Massachusetts
Index to Deaths in Massachusetts 1841-1915
Marriages in Massachusetts 1844-1910
Index to Marriages in Massachusetts 1841-1910

Newspapers Available on Microfilm or Online [top]

Historical/Defunct Newspapers [top]

Title Date Range Format
Le Citoyen
(i.e., “The Citizen”)
1905-1939 microfilm
(i.e., “Ingenious”)
1912-1913 microfilm
Essex Journal 1773-1794 microfilm
Essex Patriot 1817-1821 microfilm
Guardian of Freedom 1793-1795 microfilm
Haverhill Daily Bulletin 1871-1898 microfilm
Haverhill Enterprise 1972-1973 microfilm
Haverhill Federal Gazette 1798-1799 microfilm
Haverhill Gazette 1821 to last year
1823-1836, 1839-1841
*requires BPL e-card
Haverhill Independent 1974-1984 microfilm
Haverhill Iris 1831-1834 microfilm
Haverhill Journal 1957-1965 microfilm
Haverhill Museum 1804-1806 microfilm
Haverhill Observer 1801-1804 microfilm
Haverhill Social Democrat 1899-1901 microfilm
Haverhill Tri-Weekly 1858-1877 microfilm
Haverhill Weekly Bulletin 1873-1892 microfilm
Impartial Herald 1793-1794 microfilm
Le Journal
(i.e., “The Journal”)
1928-1955 microfilm
Merrimack Intelligencer 1808-1817 microfilm
Middlesex Standard 1844-1845 microfilm
Το Συμπαν
(i.e., “The Universe”)
1911-1912 microfilm

Current Newspapers [top]

Boston Globe 1969-1997, 1999-2004
1980 to last year
Eagle-Tribune 1995 to last year microfilm
Haverhill Gazette 1821 to last year microfilm
New York Times 1960-2002
1985 to last year