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Local Histories of Essex County, MA in the 19th Century

Nancy Dennis & Anna Hocker


  • Town libraries and local historical societies are also research sources to consider.
    • Many libraries have "local history" rooms.
    • Some, like the Newburyport Public Library, have undergone extensive digitizing of historical local newspapers.
  • Local historical societies should also be on your list of places to visit. 
    • They will have artifacts, portraits, and archives related to your time period of interest.

Historical Societies

  • To find a historical society, simply google the name of your town/city and the word "historical society" or "museum.'
  • Examples:

Public Libraries

  • Examples of historical materials in local public libraries:

Newburyport Public Library

Danvers Public Library

Georgetown Peabody Library