Melrose Local History Room

Melrose Public Library provides an extensive local history collection. The collection features historical and current information about Melrose and its citizens, and materials about the surrounding communities as they pertain to the history and development of the city. The collection includes:

  • Books on the history of Melrose
  • City directories and/or street lists dating 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 (digitized 1851-1925)
  • Melrose High School yearbooks dating back to 1925 (digitized)
  • Vertical files of clippings, photographs and miscellanea
  • Family histories

The Local History collection is available to researchers and the general public during regular library hours.  Please contact a reference librarian for access to this non-circulating collection.

See Information and Procedure for Use guidelines.

Check out Melrose Pubic Library’s Digital Heritage collection, which features historical photographs relating to the history of our community, digitized Melrose High School yearbooks, postcard collection and online exhibit of First 150 Years of the Melrose Public Library and more!