WESTFIELD HISTORY

Genealogy and Local History

Collection available anytime the library is open. No appointment necessary. Please see a reference librarian to access materials. Items in Westfield history collection may not leave the library. Patrons may use three items at a time and must remain in the Reference Room when using the collection. Please be advised that during our renovation some items in the collection may not be accessible.
 
Collection includes but is not limited to:
  • Westfield newspapers on microfilm 1782 – present                                                                                      
  • Miscellaneous Westfield records on microfilm 1658 - 1850                                                                             
  • Westfield Directories and Street Lists
  • Westfield Annual Reports
  • Westfield historical maps
  • Westfield histories
  • Genealogical information - vital records, family histories, cemetery records
  • Selected residential building information
  • Business and industry information
  • High School Yearbooks
  • Historic Westfield photographs
  • Area town histories
  • Diaries and Journals
  • Church Records
  • Ancestry Library Edition - accessible only from the library
  • Heritage Quest – accessible from home and the library
 
Westfield history books can also be found in main library stacks and may be checked out:
974.4 W51 – 974.4 WES

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance with genealogy and Westfield history.

  • On-site research assistance provided free of charge
  • Remote patrons are asked to remit a $5.00 donation

 

Researching a house in Westfield?

House Genealogy how-to

 

Westfield Athenaeum Archives

Donald Blair Research Center
Westfield Athenaeum Archives preserves unique materials on Westfield history. The Archives has over 500 linear feet of maps, drawings, papers, manuscripts, stereoscopes, Mayoral papers, diaries, business ledgers and ephemera. Appointments are required to access archival materials. There may be a wait-time of several weeks for an appointment.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an appointment or call 413-562-0716. Please review the Archives Access and Handling Policy before your appointment.
 
 
EDWIN Online Digital Library over 3,000 digital images of items related to Colonial Westfield.
 
 
Archives Policies and Forms
 
 
 
Westfield Athenaeum Archives Fees
  • On-site research assistance provided free of charge
  • Genealogy questions: remote patrons are asked to remit a $5.00 donation

Image Use and Reproduction Fee Schedule

 

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