Special Collections in the Historical Room
Special collections, which include our historic collections, manuscript collections, maps, and artwork, can be accessed in the Lorraine B. Daley Historical Room under the supervision of the archivist.
Without the supervision of the archivist, researchers will only be able to access our historical reference book and microfilm collections. Although an appointment is not required to access our special collections, we recommend calling ahead to ensure the archivist will be on duty the day of your visit.
On the day of your visit, please see any library staff member for access to the Historical Room. The Historical Room is climate controlled, so the door is kept closed and locked to preserve its temperature and humidity. Anyone using resources in the Historical Room will be asked to fill out a check in form and adhere to our Historical Room guidelines.
For more information about our Special Collections, see the Bridgewater Public Library Archives and Special Collections catalog or contact the Archives staff.
Historical Reference Book Collection and Microfilm in the Historical Room
Historical reference books and microfilm can be accessed during normal Library hours in the Lorraine B. Daley Historical Room. The Historical Room is climate controlled, so the door is kept closed and locked to preserve its temperature and humidity. To access this room, please see any library staff member.
You do not need an appointment to access the historical reference books or microfilm, but researchers who need assistance using the microfilm reader are advised to call the Library in advance of their visit to ensure the Archivist will be on duty. Researchers should also note that the microfilm reader does not have an attached printer. Anyone using resources in the Historical Room will be asked to fill out a check in form and adhere to our Historical Room guidelines.
Our historical reference book collection has publications on Bridgewater history, Plymouth County history, Massachusetts history, military history, biographies and family genealogies, Bridgewater High School yearbooks, Town of Bridgewater annual reports, Town of Bridgewater street lists, and some publications by local authors. Our microfilm collection includes the Bridgewater Independent newspaper, Bridgewater vital records, and the Latham collection.
A select number of digitized resources are available online via the SAILS Digital History Collection. As more of the collection is digitized, it will be made available online. For more information about our digital resources, contact the Archives staff.