Special Collections
Local History

The Hampshire Room for Local History and Special Collections, completed in 2002, houses extensive resources in local history, genealogy, and a large collection of historic Northampton photographs. Highlights of the Hampshire Room collections include account books and town papers, maps, manuscripts, stereoscopes, the Walter Corbin Collection, Judd Manuscript, Hampshire Gazette negatives, Elbridge Kingsley collection, Audubon prints, World War I and II posters, rare books, and Seth Pomeroy's Journal, which is now available in a digital facsimile edition.

Fine Arts

The Forbes Library holds a substantial collection of paintings, engravings, photographs, and other works by local, regional and nationally-known artists of the 18th to the 21st centuries. Among the art on permanent display are works by Leonard Baskin, W.H.W. Bicknell, Howard Chandler Christy, Lionel Delevingne, Ralph Earl, Bessie Bell Hawkes, Elbridge Kingsley, Samuel F.B. Morse, Barry Moser, Elliott Offner, Alan James Robinson, Stan Sherer, Dwight William Tryon, and many others. The Library is currently developing a more extensive collection of works by artists currently active in the Northampton area.

Online Exhibits
The Angel of Hadley, or The Perils of Our Forefathers, oil on canvas by Frederic A. Chapman

The Angel of Hadley, or The Perils of Our Forefathers, by Frederic A. Chapman

These exhibits represent a small sampling of the images in our collection. Please contact the Library for further information.

Indexes and Finding Aids

These finding aids represent a sampling of the materials in our collection. Please contact the Library for further information.

Links

Other online local history resources


Digital Treasures

Old Main Street

Old Main Street, photograph

Hours

The local history room is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 1-5 PM (closed Saturdays July 2-Sept 3, 2011). Limited access by appointment only may be available at other times. To ensure access to materials and availability of staff to assist you, appointments are preferred. Please call 413-587-1014 or .

Photographic research is available only by appointment with the Arts & Music Department, 587-1013.

Fees


Sample Images

Additional images may be seen in our Online Virtual Exhibit.

Artist's conception of Northampton in 1786, drawing by Maitland de Gogorza (1936)

Artist's conception of Northampton in 1786, by Maitland de Gogorza (1936)


Map of Northampton, 1875

Map of Northampton, 1875


Connecticut River from Mount Sugarloaf, stereophotograph

Connecticut River from Mount Sugarloaf, stereophotograph


Portrait of President Calvin Coolidge, oil on canvas by Howard Chandler Christy

Portrait of President Calvin Coolidge, by Howard Chandler Christy

Leeds Center

Leeds Center, photograph


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