Local History & Genealogy Resources
The Hunt Room houses the library's collection of local history materials. The emphasis of the collection is on the history of the Nashua area and of New Hampshire in general.
The collection includes:
- Histories of Nashua, including the history of the mills that developed along the Merrimack and Nashua rivers. Parker's History of Nashua is available both in print and electronically. The Nashua Experience: History in the Making covers the city's history from 1673 to 1978. The Nashua Experience: A Three-Decade Upgrade is the sequel, covering 1978 to 2008.
- Histories of Hillsborough County, New Hampshire in general, and other New Hampshire counties and towns.
- Newspapers on microfilm, including Nashua’s Telegraph and L’Impartial, going back to the 1800s.
- Books by Nashua residents and other New Hampshire authors.
- Genealogical materials, including:
- Lineage Book of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
- The New England Historical and Genealogical Register
- Nashua birth, marriage, and death listings from the late 1800s and early 1900s
- A selection of local cemetery records.
- Files of historical pamphlets and newspaper articles on the history of the Nashua community.
- Historical Nashua city annual reports and city directories. (Current city government information is available in the Reference Department.)
- Nashua High School yearbooks.
- Historical maps of the Nashua area. Of particular note is the 1676 map of Dunstable-Nashua.
- Historical photographs. Some of these photos are available for viewing online. High-resolution digital copies may be purchased from the Reference Department for $8 each.
- Architectural drawings for city buildings including City Hall and the police department, Arlington Street School, Belvidere School, Arlington Street Fire Station, Amherst Street Engine House, and the courthouse.
For a list of books and other library resources that contain birth, marriage, and death records, see "Vital Records @ Nashua Public Library" (this file opens with Adobe Reader).
The Hunt Room has a computer reserved for genealogy and history research. From it, you can access our genealogy databases, digitized photographs, and many genealogy web sites.
Visiting the Hunt
The collection is available to the public during library hours. The Hunt Room is occasionally reserved for meetings, so researchers may want to call ahead (603-589-4611) to determine availability of the room for research. The Hunt Room is reserved for public access to research materials (no meetings) at the following times:
Researchers may also reserve the Hunt Room in the evenings if no meetings are taking place.
Materials in the Hunt Room may not be checked out, but may be photocopied. Stop by the Reference Desk to request access to the Hunt Room. Doors to the room are kept locked to insure security, and use of the room is supervised.