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 ]

Vital Records Collection [top]

Massachusetts Vital Records through 1910 in books and on microfilm.

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.