Holyoke History Room

The Holyoke History Room is dedicated to preserving the history of Holyoke and supporting research into the city's past. History Room collections include maps, photographs, city directories, and Holyoke newspapers (on microfilm) from the 1850s to the 1990s. Biographical and subject files provide information on numerous Holyoke residents, landmarks, businesses, institutions, and organizations.The Reading Room is located off the third-level gallery in the new Holyoke Public Library.  Two public-access computers are available in the History Room for patron use, as is free wireless access to those who bring their own computers or tablets. 

Although the History Room is temporarily closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are accepting REMOTE RESEARCH INQUIRIES.  Please contact us at historyroom [at] holyokelibrary.org or call (413) 420-8107.   Leave full contact info and describe the nature of your request.  If the document, image,  or information you need is in our collection, we will try to find it for you! 

Online Research: See our Digital Collections page for free online local history resources and our Genealogy page for ways (including many free ones) to continue your research online.  The Library also has many other online resources for general research availalble to Holyoke Public Library cardholders.  If your card is from a different library, check that library's website for access to e-resources.   

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Regular Reading Room Hours  (currently suspended)
Tuesdays 10 AM - 6 PM
Wednesdays 12 PM - 6 PM
Thursdays 10 AM - 4 PM

Information for Researchers:  Collections located in the Reading Room are available during Regular Reading Room hours for use without an appointment. If you anticipate using archival or other collections, please contact the archivist 24-48 hours in advance of your visit. All History Room materials are non-circulating. For more information, see Collections , Digital Collections, and Using the Collection.  For research appointments, contact the Archivist at the number below.  

Classes: Inquiries regarding class or group visits and student projects of all types are welcome. The best collaborations are preceded by a meeting with the Archivist, who can prepare and tailor your group's experience.  History Room resources can be used to support research on a wide variety of topics related to the city and its history or to provide writing prompts and inspiration for creative work. Contact the Archivist for more information or to make an appointment. We welcome groups of all ages. 

Archivist:  Eileen Crosby, Ph.D., M.S.L.S.

Call us: (413) 420 - 8107

Email us: historyroom [at] holyokelibrary.org
Telephone and email inquiries: For patrons unable to visit the Reading Room, our volunteer staff can conduct limited research. To request an obituary search of the Holyoke Transcript-Telegram, please provide the individual's name and date of death as well as your own name and contact information. A small fee is charged for copies provided by mail or email. Please allow 7-10 days for each request.

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