About the Local History Room

The Local History Room (LHR) at the Kingston (Massachusetts) Public Library has grown out of a box of “anything which may promise to be of local interest in the years to come,” as described by Jennie F. McLauthlen, first Librarian of the Frederic C. Adams Public Library, KPL’s predecessor.  The foresight of our first Librarian, and a number of other historically minded Kingstonians, have left an amazing wealth of manuscripts and photographs and publications and artifacts and on and on, all about Kingston.  The Library is proud to care for these materials and to make them available and relevant to anyone with an interest or a question.

History & Ongoing Mission

The Local History Room (LHR) at the Kingston (Massachusetts) Public Library has grown out of a box of “anything which may promise to be of local interest in the years to come,” as described by Jennie F. McLauthlen, first Librarian of the Frederic C. Adams Public Library, KPL’s predecessor.  The foresight of our first Librarian, and a number of other historically minded Kingstonians, have left an amazing wealth of manuscripts and photographs and publications and artifacts and on and on, all about Kingston.  The Library is proud to care for these materials and to make them available and relevant to anyone with an interest or a question.

The mission of the Local History Room is to preserve and promote appreciation and understanding of the history and heritage of Kingston, Massachusetts. To accomplish this, we collect, catalogue, preserve and promote materials relating to the history of Kingston. Our research collection comprises rare books, documents, manuscripts, maps, personal papers, small artifacts, paintings, early photographs and other visual materials. Printed finding aids are contained in notebooks located in the Local History Room, and at the Reference Desk.

Accuracy of Resources

It is the Library’s intent to provide accurate local history information. However, it is not possible for the Library to completely verify the accuracy of individual articles obtained from a variety of sources. The content of the articles is the responsibility of the individual author. If you believe that factual statements in a local history article are incorrect and you can provide documentation, please contact the Archivist at history@kingstonpubliclibrary.org.

For more information about Kingston’s history, please visit the About Kingston page.

Donations

The Special Collections in the Local History Room exist due to the generous donations of Kingston residents, past and present. If you have information relating to Kingston and would like to preserve and make the information accessible for future generations, please call or email the Archivist, Sharon Pietryka, at 781-585-0517 x6277 or history@kingstonpubliclibrary.org.

For more information please view our policy on donations and collection development.

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