|Southbridge Historical Resources
|Please see below for resources that may be
of use to you in researching the history of Southbridge, or in doing
local genealogy research. We have linked to resources that are
available from anywhere online, as well as a bibliography of books you
will find in our collection.
If you have further research
questions, please contact the Reference Department during normal
operating hours, Monday through Friday at 508-764-5426 or
General Historical Resources available online
Historical Maps online (via Leventhal Map Center, BPL)
Items available at Jacob Edwards Library (bibliography)
Topic-specific resources available online
General Historical Resources available online:
- Chase, Levi - History of Southbridge. Extracted from Hurd, D. Hamilton The History of Worcester County, Massachusetts v.2 Philadelphia, J.W. Lewis & Co., 1889
- Dick Whitney's Southbridge History Website contains many historical photos of Southbridge, oral and written histories from residents, and info on major events
- Optical Heritage Museum -
Located on Crane Street in Southbridge, the museum houses one of the
largest collections of spectacle frames and Ophthalmic Optical items in
- Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System. Provides
photographs and historical information on historic properties
throughout the state.
Historical Maps Available Online
Plan of the Towns of Sturbridge and
1870, F.W. Beers
View of Southbridge, Mass., Center &
1878, J.L. Galt & Co.
Map of the Town of Southbridge, Mass.
1878, F.W. Beers
(These maps courtesy of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston
Public Library. Linked to with permission.)
Historic US Geological Survey Maps
1945 & 1952
AO Southbridge Facilities Interactive Map
Books available for checkout or use at Jacob Edwards Library:
Historical Sketch of Sturbridge and Southbridge West
Mass, Press of O. S. Cooke, 1856
New York, Published by the Author, Vol. 2, 1874.
History of Southbridge Southbridge, Journal Steam Book Print,
Levi B., "Southbridge" Extracted from: The History of Worcester County
Historical Society Leaflets 3 vols. Presented as lectures to
members 1890s to 1917.
- Eddy, Charles W., Southridge: Illustrated with Pen & Camera Ware, Mass, 1886.
You may also browse our online catalog. This link will take you directly to a search on Southbridge history.
Jr. A New England Town in Early Photographs 149
of Southbridge. New York, Dover Publications, 1976
Inventory of the Cultural Resources of Southbridge, Massachusetts
Southbridge Historical Commission, 1984 (available online via MACRIS, above)
Steven Brady Southbridge: Images of America Charleston, SC,
Southbridge, 2002 Video of Southbridge: recording oral
archival photographs and 8mm film
Archives of the Southbridge
Evening News, The Evening News, Southbridge Journal and
Southbridge Press are available on microfilm.
note that the Ammidown History Room is not publicly accessible. Library
staff will retrieve the specific items from the Ammidown Room for
patron use in the reference area of the library. Patrons will need
photo identification and are asked to sign in at the Circulation Desk
to use materials from the Ammidown Room. Decisions to photocopy
Ammidown materials will be made by the staff based on the condition and
conservation needs of the material.
Topic-specific online resources
Chase - Early Indian Trails through
Chase - Echoes of Memory
Chase - Interpretation of Woodward's and
Dedication of World War Memorial Park
History of the Southbridge Fire Department
Morse - The Morse Neighborhood of Southbridge
Sandler - History of the Fiber-Optic Industry