Collection & Donations


The mission of the Newburyport Public Library Archival Center (NPLAC) is to collect, preserve, provide access to, and interpret historical, genealogical and cultural material relating to the City of Newburyport and the immediate surrounding area.

Collection Overview

The Newburyport Public Library Archival Center (NPLAC) collection focuses on genealogy and local history, primarily that of Essex County with additional material covering New England. It includes published monographs on Newburyport history and individual family genealogies as well as local primary source material.

The collection consists of approximately 1,200 linear feet of books and archival material relating to all aspects of Newburyport history, from its early settlement as “Ould Newbury” in 1635 to today. Materials include early Newburyport imprints and manuscripts, rare monographs, genealogical material, family papers, scrapbooks, newspapers, maps, plans, photographs, fine art, artifacts and ephemera.


The Newburyport Public Library Archival Center regularly receives and accepts donations for its local history collection. For more information, and to see if your donation is a good match for the Newburyport Public Library Archival Center, please contact the Archival Center: 978 465-4442 x231. Donors will be asked to complete an Archives Donation Form.