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Historic House Inventories
Historic House Inventories at Historic Northampton
"a comprehensive survey of Northampton's historic buildings, including business and residential districts... Over 1100 structures were surveyed... using deeds, probate records, newspaper clippings and historical documents, the building's history and ownership was traced back to its original construction."
City Directories in Ancestry (Library Edition)
City directories include listings and often ads for businesses, street directories, listings of heads of households (and sometimes other family members), and other information about the town (schools, churches, etc.).
To browse through the city directories for Northampton and other local towns:
- Navigate to Ancestry
- Select Card Catalog from the Quick Links menu
- Search Titles: Type U.S. City Directories
- Matches: Click on the title
- Browse This Collection (upper right)
- Select Massachusetts / city or town / year
Local News Sources
Use newspapers and online local news sites to document the current events as well as the history of an area and public opinion (in editorials) about events and development.
Gazettenet (current 2 weeks)
Online version of the Daily Hampshire Gazette covers the past two weeks.
Full text coverage of the 20-25 years of Daily Hampshire Gazette, Amherst Bulletin, Recorder (Greenfield and Franklin County), several Springfield papers, and local papers for other Massachusetts cities and towns.
America's Historical Newspapers (1786-1843)
Hampshire Gazette (various titles) from 1786-1843. Full text. Click on the "places of publication" tab and then Massachusetts for a list of all local titles.
Microform copies and subject indexes (printed, card catalog, online format) to this long-running local newspaper are available for on-site use at Forbes Library. Historic Northampton offers an online subject index