Collections


The Fitchburg Historical Society has more than 200,000 items in our collections that tell the story of people who lived in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Many items are one-of-a-kind and are found nowhere else, such as diaries or letters written by soldiers in the Civil War or manuscripts written by researchers through the years. We also have a large collection of published books and materials on Fitchburg-related topics and an extensive collection of Civil War books and original Sentinel newspapers from 1844 to 1976. In addition the Society has a small but significant collections of items found in colonial homes of the 1700s and 1800s and turn of the century farms and businesses.

Information about our collection is available on Past Perfect, our online database. Volunteers are continually updating the information. Most items are available for research on site even if they have not been entered into the database.

To access our library collection online visit LibraryThing Here!

Please click here to access our online data.

If you are interested in donating items to the Fitchburg Historical Society, please contact the Executive Director, Susan Navarre.

The types of items in the Society’s collections include the following:

ARCHIVESBooks

Account Books Maps  
Architectural Drawings Negatives
Copper Plate Negatives Newspapers
Diaries Patents
Directories, City Photos
Genealogies Postcards
Glass Plate negatives Railroad Records
Histories of organizations Scrapbooks  
Lantern Slides Vital Records (prior to 1850)
Ledgers Yearbooks
Lithographs Manuscripts

ARTIFACTS

Armaments Invention Prototypes
Business Products Musical Instruments
Clothing Paintings
Colonial Household Items Printing Press
Dishes Quilts
Dolls Sculpture
Farm Tools Textiles
Furniture Toys
Glassware Uniforms
Industrial Tools War Memorabilia