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Local History Room

The Robbins Library Local History Room contains books, scrapbooks, annual reports, directories, atlases, photographs, postcards, slides, vertical files and other materials documenting the history of Arlington. Although the focus of the collection is the historical, social and cultural development of Arlington, relevant materials concerning Middlesex County, Massachusetts and its towns, and New England are also included. Special collections include the Cyrus E. Dallin Papers, Robbins Library History and the Arlington Woman's Club Archive.

Requests

All obituary requests and local history research questions by phone or email, must be followed by a written request sent via regular mail. A donation of $5 per obituary search is requested with checks made out to Robbins Library. Please send all obituary and local history requests to the attention of “Local History.”

Hours

Monday through Wednesday: 9AM to 9PM

Thursday: 1 to 9 PM

Friday & Saturday: 9AM to 5PM

*Closed Saturday July & August

Access To Materials

Some of our local history materials are extremely fragile and may be damaged through frequent use. Fortunately, many of these materials are accessible on microfilm in the Reference Room, including the Cyrus E. Dallin Papers, the Arlington Historical Photograph Collection, Arlington High Yearbooks and Literary Magazine, town directories, newspapers, and several historical atlases. The historical, photograph, slide, and postcard collections are available by appointment only.

Materials can be brought from the Local History Room to the Reference Room for in-library use by leaving some form of identification with the Reference Staff.

Patrons whose more in-depth research requires use of the Local History room must make an application for an Independent Research Card. Applications are available at the Reference Desk. A pdf copy is available below which can be printed and returned to the Reference Desk, or sent via regular mail to the attention of Local History.

Patrons with Independent Research Cards are asked to sign the register each time they use the Local History Room.

Download the Robbins Library Independent Research Card Application here.

Care Of Materials

Care must be taken when handling fragile books, atlases and pamphlets. Patrons should use pencils when taking notes. Patrons are asked NOT to reshelve books they have used.

Reproductions

Patrons should consult a reference librarian before photocopying any material in the Local History Room. Materials may be too fragile to photocopy. Photocopy machines are available in the Reference Room. Patrons must make arrangements with the librarian in charge of the Local History Room for copies of photographs, slides and postcards.

Selected list of Resources

Town History

*Also found in the Circulating Collection

Town Records, Directories & Yearbooks

Houses

Military History

Genealogical Resources

Massachusetts Towns

Atlases

Newspapers (On microfilm in Reference Room)

Other Resources

Town Of Arlington Clerk's Office Robbins Memorial Town Hall
730 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington MA 02476
781-316-3070
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Arlington Historical Society 7 Jason Street
Arlington MA 02476
781-648-4300
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Cyrus E. Dallin Museum 1 Whittemore Park
Arlington, MA 02476
781-641-0595
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The Old Schwamb Mill Attn.: Ed Gordon, OSM Historic Site Administrator
17 Mill Lane at 29 Lowell St.
Arlington, Massachusetts 02476-4189
781-643-0554
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South Middlesex Registry Of Deeds 208 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02141
617-679-6300
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Massachusetts Archives (1841-1910) 220 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston MA 02125
617-727-2816
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Massachusetts Vital Records (1911-Present) 150 Mt. Vernon Street, 1st floor
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105
(617) 740-2600
Orders (617) 740-2606
Fax: (617) 825-7755
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Boston Public Library Copley Square
Boston MA 02117
617-536-5400
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National Archives Northeast Region 380 Trapelo Road
Waltham MA 02452-6399
781-647-8104
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New England Historic Genealogical Society 101 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116
617-536-5740
Access to the NEHGS website is available at Robbins Library (in-library access only).
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Arlington Historic Districts Commission Arlington Board of Selectmen
Whittemore-Robbins House
730 Mass. Ave.
Arlington, MA 02476
 
Massachusetts Historical Society 1154 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02215
617.536.1608
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American Antiquarian Society 185 Salisbury St.
Worcester, MA 01609
508.755.5221
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Arlington Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center 1 Whittemore Park
Arlington, MA 02474
781.643.4600
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Peabody Essex Museum East India Square
161 Essex St.
Salem, MA 01970
978.745.9500
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Boston Athenaeum 10 1/2 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
617.227.0270
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National Heritage Museum Van Gorden-Williams Library and Archives
33 Marrett Rd.
Lexington, MA 02421
781.861.6559
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Concord Museum 200 Lexington Road
Concord, MA 01742
978.369.9763
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Middlesex Canal Association located at Faulkner Mills
71 Faulkner St.
North Billerica, MA 01862
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