The Archival Center's collection focuses on genealogy and local history, primarily that of Essex County with a smattering of additional material covering New England. It includes published monographs on Newburyport history and individual family genealogies as well as local primary source material such as the Lord Diaries and the records of the First Religious Society. We receive regular donations of both personal papers and company records for which finding aids are written to help researchers locate what they need.
Cataloging records are created so that researchers are able to locate areas of interest via subject, author, or title. The Library has a microfilm collection that includes most of The Newburyport Daily News from 1773 to the present. Online resources include Ancestry, Heritage Quest, and American Ancestors databases.
One of the collection's more idiosyncratic sections consists of hundreds of pamphlet files each containing unique material related to the history of Newburyport such as invitations to a ball held in the 1800s or a land document signed in blood. We have both an historic photograph collection and a more recent photo collection focusing on the years 1964–2000. Cataloging records are created so that researchers are able to locate areas of interest via subject, author, or title. Online resources include Ancestry, Heritage Quest, and the American Ancestors databases.
Computers, copier, microfilm reader, research assistance, group visits, & Archival Center tours are available.
Hours, Contact Information
The Archival Center is open weekdays from 9:00am until noon, and 1:00pm until 4:00pm; on most Wednesday evenings from 5:00pm until 8:00pm (please call first), and on Saturday from 9:00am until 1:00pm. A fully qualified archivist on the library staff is responsible for the Center's management. Contact Jessica Gill, Newburyport Archivist, at 978 465–4428, x229.
View a sample of our historic photograph collection HERE.
Online databasesAncestry: Library Edition (in library use only)
Heritage Quest Online (in library use)
Heritage Quest Online (from home with NPL library card)
American Ancestors (in library use only)
Other online resourcesMassachusetts Society of Genealogists
Essex Society of Genealogists
Preserving your family treasures
Websites for genealogists
Family Treasures Preservation Tips and Resources
Colonial gravestones of New England Massachusetts Manuscripts, Special Collections, and Archives Directory