Local History Collection

Melrose Public Library provides an extensive local history collection.melrose-public-library

Resources include:

  • Books on Melrose history
  • City directories and/or street lists back to 1872/73
  • Late 19th century atlases
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps on microfilm from 1887-1934
  • Melrose newspapers on microfilm (not indexed)
  • Town/city reports from 1851-1979/80
  • Melrose High School yearbooks back to 1925
  • A file of clippings, photographs, and miscellanea
  • Family histories
  • Melrose Public Library Digital Heritage Collection

Please contact a reference librarian for access to this noncirculating collection. Items on microfilm are available in the Reference Department. Other items are available in the Genealogy/Melrose History Room.

Due to the valuable nature of this collection, the following procedure is to be followed by all users:

  1. You will be asked to provide identification (driver’s license, etc.) before access is provided. This identification will be returned when you are done with your research.
  2. Staff will have you leave all personal belongings except pencils and notepaper locked at the reference desk.
  3. There is a small copier in the room for the convenience of users, as no material may be taken from the room.
  4. A Reference Librarian will accompany patrons who are using the room for the first time.
  5. Per the Director, it is our policy that any patron using the locked vertical files in the G room will be assisted by the Reference Librarian, who will remain in the room while the vertical files are in use.