The Newburyport Public Library is excited to welcome back visitors on a limited basis by appointment with specific guidelines in place. Please contact the Archival Center (978) 465-4428 x231 for details and to schedule time for research. Advance notice is strongly recommended. Please read our library visitation guidelines prior to scheduling your appointment. Additional guidelines apply for Archival Center visitors.
Between 2018 and 2020, the Newburyport Public Library Archival Center completed a large preservation project for hundreds of local history items through a Library Services and Technology Grant funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Massachusetts Board of Libraries Commissioners. View a virtual exhibit highlighting the preservation project here.
The Newburyport Public Library Archival Center and the First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist Church (FRS) invite the Newburyport community, young and old, to share their experience and impressions of how the coronavirus has affected their lives.
As we have all witnessed, the events surrounding this epidemic are changing by the day. They are specific to you, and to your families, friends and communities. Please help us document this period in history, so it can be shared for generations to come.
The Archival Center's 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. 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, as well as Essex County probate records and other materials. Online resources include Ancestry, Heritage Quest, and American Ancestors.
One of the collection's more idiosyncratic sections consists of hundreds of pamphlet files each containing unique material related to the history of Newburyport. We have both an extensive historic photograph collection and a more recent photo collection focusing on the years 1964–2000. Online resources include Ancestry, Heritage Quest, American Ancestors, America’s Historical Newspapers and Newburyport Historical Newspapers.
Computers, copier, scanner, microfilm reader, research assistance, group visits, & Archival Center tours are available.
The Archival Center is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00am until Noon and 1:00pm until 4:00pm*. The Archival Center professional library staff and dedicated volunteers are available to assist you. Contact the Archival Center at 978-465-4428 x231 or x229.
*Saturday hours 9:00am-1:00pm in July and August
View a sample of our historic photograph collection HERE.