Newton Free Library Special Collections contain records of Newton’s history from its founding in 1630 to the present, along with a wide-range of data relating to current institutions and matters of interest to the city residents. Items preserved include print and non-print materials produced by City departments, private Newton organizations and individuals, as well as Newton businesses and the library. Examples of materials include City Directories, Assessed Polls, school yearbooks, School Committee Minutes, street maps and atlases, Newton histories, City Annual Reports, biographies of Newton residents, photographs, and local newspapers. Also included are newsletters, pamphlets, and annual reports of organizations and clubs of general interest to the City.
All Special Collections resources are cataloged; please look up areas of interest here.
Newton newspapers are indexed, and the majority of our past local paper, The Newton Graphic (1886-1997), is available online. Thousands of our items have been digitized and are available on Digital Commonwealth or Internet Archive.
Below is an example of a catalog record, please note the following:
1. Call number prefix N = Newton Collection item
2. Call number prefix MASS = Mass Collection item
3. Newton/Special = Compact Shelving (you will need a librarian to retrieve these items)
4. Newton/Reference = Special Collections (you can browse the Mass or N item in our Special Collection Room)
5. eConnect = a link to the digital version of the item
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