Local History

Photo of old train station

Three women wait for the train to approach the East Longmeadow railroad station.

The library has a Local History Room where books, documents, photographs, newspaper clippings, maps, etc. pertaining to the town’s history are stored. These include annual reports, street lists, high school yearbooks, and archival materials on people, families, houses, and business and industry. For a list of historical properties and areas in East Longmeadow click here.

Our library is proud to participate in a digital library project. “Digital Treasures” is a cooperative library digitization pilot project conceived and designed by the Central/Western Massachusetts Resource Sharing library automated network (C/W Mars) and the Central and Western Massachusetts Regional Library Systems, now Massachusetts Library System(MLS). The items selected for this digitization project will be in the areas of agriculture and industry.  A sampling of items from our Local History Room has been selected, with more to follow in the near future. We hope these images from our collection whet your appetite to explore the local history of our town in greater depth.

To preserve these irreplaceable resources for future generations, most of the items do not circulate.Members of the East Longmeadow Historical Commission are available to assist patrons with their research every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, or by appointment. Please call the library’s Information Desk (413-525-5400 ext. 1508) for more information, or to discuss donating appropriate materials.

 You may also contact members of the Historical Commission by email:
History@eastlongmeadowma.gov

OR by calling the Local History Room:
(413) 525-5400 x1512

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