Local History and Genealogy
The Central Library maintains a collection of published works on Springfield area history, including local publications such as the Springfield Planning Department’s neighborhood studies.
All titles are catalogued and searchable in the online catalog. For a more comprehensive local history collection, including archival material, and assistance with genealogical research, please contact the Springfield History Library & Archives at the Wood Museum of Springfield History.
The Central Library maintains a near-complete collection of City Directories dating back to 1866 through 1989, and a limited collection of Springfield college and public high school yearbooks dating from the early 1900s to the late 1980s. Please contact the Wellman Hall reference desk with inquiries about these resources at 413-263-6828 ext 213 or use our Ask a Librarian reference form. City directories and yearbooks are also available for reference use at the Museum of Springfield History Library & Archives.
Digital versions of many of the Springfield Directories are also available courtesy of the Internet Archive.
The library offers access to Springfield newspapers on microfilm from 1900 to the present at the Central Library. For an (incomplete) online index to the Springfield newspapers from 1877 – 1987, click here. Please note that the library does not have access to the online archives prior to 1988, only to the index.
Access to the Springfield Republican database from 1988 to present is available for holders of C/WMARS library cards from the Western Region.
Microfilm readers are available and use is self-service. Librarians are available for assistance. Springfield newspapers prior to 1900 are held at the Springfield History Library & Archives at the Wood Museum of Springfield History on Edwards Street off the Quadrangle. The Local History and Genealogy Archive is open Tuesday through Friday, 11am-4pm; first Saturday, 11am-4pm; the reference desk number is 413-263-6800 ext. 230.
The library offers in-library access to a genealogical database, Ancestry.com.