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Levi Heywood Memorial Library


55 West Lynde Street

Gardner, MA 01440

phone: 1-978-632-5298

 

 

Hours:
Monday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.*
*Closed Saturdays June - August

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Hours and Contact Information

Jana Mabee- Local History Librarian and Archivist

Fall Hours:

Wednesdays: 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
and the following Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
September 7th & 21st
October 19th
November 2nd, 16th & 30th
December 14th & 28th



PLEASE NOTE THE LIMITED HOURS. CALL AHEAD TO MAKE SURE THE LOCAL HISTORY LIBRARIAN WILL BE AVAILABLE.

REFERENCE STAFF WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GIVE ACCESS TO THIS ROOM.

Obituary and other newspaper searches can be requested at a fee of $5.00 per item, regardless if the information is found or not. This fee covers staff search time, photocopying, and postage.

Digital copies of history room materials can also be requested at a fee of $5.00 per item. This fee covers search time and digitization and only applies to materials found, digitized, and emailed to you.

 Allowable copies are at the discretion of the Local History Librarian and are for personal use only. Publication of library materials requires a contract and a fee of $50.00 per image.

Please contact the Local History Librarian with any requests or questions at jmabee@cwmars.org or by calling 978-632-5298 during the times listed above.

 

About the History Room

The Local History Room is located off the Reference Room on the second floor of the Library. The collection includes materials relating to the history of the City of Gardner and surrounding areas, as well as genealogical materials. The room houses books, newspapers, maps, town directories, annual reports, street lists, atlases, photographs, manuscripts, yearbooks and pamphlets. The archives of the Heywood-Wakefield Co, which was a pre-eminent furniture manufacturer located in Gardner, are part of this collection. Materials include many of the company's furniture catalogs. While most items are unique to this room, an effort has been made to have duplicates of published Gardner histories available in the circulating collection.

The Local History Room now has two beautifully restored items relating to the Civil War, thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Sesquicentennial Commission of the American Civil War and matching funds from the Friends of Levi Heywood Memorial Library. The first is a broadside entitled Soldier’s Memorial, listing the members and engagements of Company H, 36th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers, which includes stylized images of war scenes.  A facsimile of the broadside is on display in the first floor of the library; the original is in the Local History Room. The second is a manuscript record book of the members of D. G. Farragut Post No. 116, Grand Army of the Republic, often including death dates. Together with a book of personal narratives and Herrick’s History of the Town of Gardner, the library is fortunate to have very good accounts of Gardner Civil War participants. 

Microfilm

The Library’s collection of microfilms is located adjacent to the Reference Desk on the second floor, separate from the Local History and Genealogy Collections and can be used during open library hours. These include microfilm of The Gardner News (weekly 1869-1904; daily 1896-2015); The Gardner Journal (weekly 1890-1914); The Gardner Globe (weekly Apr 1891-July 1891), and Gardner census data from 1800-1930.

Check with the Reference desk on the second floor for assistance. Printouts can be made at a cost of $.10 per page.

Policies

  • No loans of materials from the Local History Room are permitted.
  • Adherence to copyright restrictions on individual items in the collection is the responsibility of the patron.
Genealogy Research Help
Wednesdays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Genealogy

The Levi Heywood Memorial Library, in cooperation with the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society, is offering individual help with genealogical research.  A representative of CMGS will be in the Local History Room on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Stop by with your family research questions.

Helpful Links

1886 Atlas of Gardner

The Gardner Museum

Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

American-Canadian Genealogical Society

Digital Commonwealth

Internet Archive

Family Search

Rootsweb