About the Local History Collections

History & Ongoing Mission

The Local History Collections (LHC)* 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 Collections 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.

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

* We used to be the Local History Room (LHR), but changed the name slightly when we moved to the Adams Center in 2019.



The many collections in the LHC are in large part 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, at 781-585-0517 x6277 or history@kingstonpubliclibrary.org.

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