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The Fitchburg Historical Society maintains a research library and archives at its headquarters at the Phoenix Building, 781 Main Street in Fitchburg. The collection focuses on all aspects of the history of Fitchburg and its citizens, businesses, and churches. Material does not circulate but photocopying is available at the discretion of museum staff. Laptop computers are allowed. To access our on-line database, please go to the link on the Collections page.

To access our library collection online, follow this link to our research library: http://www.librarything.com/profile/fitchburghistorical

Please fill out the RESEARCH REQUEST FORM or the GENEALOGY REQUEST FORM and return it to the Fitchburg Historical Society. The more information you provide us, the easier the search will be.

FEES: There is a $10 fee for patrons to use the research library. Students and members of the Fitchburg Historical Society are free. (Membership in the Historical Society begins at $30 per year for individuals.) Inquiries about our holdings and ready-reference questions will be answered without charge.

PHOTOCOPY RATES: $0.15 per page here, $0.25 per page for mailed items.

RESEARCH BY STAFF: There is a $20 per hour fee for research conducted by museum staff, estimated by the quarter hour. Research fees apply whether or not any relevant information is found. If you have a limit on the amount of time you want to pay for, please let us know. We will include the bill with the results of the research.

Genealogy Research

For genealogy research, the Fitchburg Historical Society Research Library contains:

  • City directories
  • Biographical files & obituaries for notable residents
  • Photographs
  • Industry & business archives
  • Genealogies
  • Fitchburg newspapers from 1844 – 1976
  • Manuscripts
  • Subject files
  • Vital records for Fitchburg and North Central towns up to 1851
  • Revolutionary War and Civil War documents
  • War of the Rebellion: Records of the Union and Confederate Armies
  • Diaries
  • Cemetery records

We do not have birth, death, or marriage certificates. For those, we suggest you contact the Fitchburg City Clerk at the City Hall, 718 Main St., Fitchburg, MA 01420. Their telephone number is 978-345-9592. Be prepared to provide the names and dates of the persons you are researching to order a copy of a certificate. It is usually helpful to call ahead so the form will be ready for you. All forms are $5.00 each.

To acquire the Research Form or the Genealogy Research information, please click on the desired link below.

Click here for a Research Request Form
Click here for the Genealogy Research Request Form