The Weymouth Public Libraries own a variety of historic materials concering Weymouth and its inhabitants. Original historic materials are viewable by appointment. Highlights of these materials are available online. Making additional digitized historic materials available online is an ongoing effort.
Highlights of the Weymouth Historic Collection include materials relating to Weymouth families such as the Tufts, Fifields, and Chapmans; the history of the Tufts and Fogg Libraries; and 19th century social reform movements such as abolitionism and temperance.
A selection of items from the Weymouth Historic Collections has been digitized and is available online through Digital Commonwealth. The conservation and digitization of materials from the Weymouth Historic Collections was funded by the Community Preservation Committee of Weymouth. The items were made available through the Digital Commonwealth website by the Boston Public Library.
Materials in the Weymouth Historic Collection have been arranged and described by an archivist. This was made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency that supports libraries and museums.
Finding Aids describing the collections and their contents are available online. Original items in the Historic Collection may only be viewed by appointment. Patrons must review the Rules & Policies, complete a Researcher Application, and present a valid piece of identification before they can be given access to the materials. Please call the Reference Desk at 781-337-1402 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
The Harry C. Belcher Lepidoptera Collection, the Stetson Shoe Company Photographs, and the Weymouth Public Libraries Historical Photograph Collection have been digitized by the Boston Public Library and made available online through Digital Commonwealth. Digital Commonwealth is a non-profit collaborative organization that provides resources and services to support the creation, management, and dissemination of cultural heritage materials held by Massachusetts libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives. The Digital Commonwealth website provides free access to thousands of digitized images, documents, and sound recordings held by Massachusetts libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives.
Weymouth High School yearbooks from 1914 to 2013 are available to view and download on our collection page at Internet Archive. The yearbooks were digitized by the Boston Public Library. The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library that archives web pages and hosts digitized materials.
The Weymouth Public Libraries are in the process of making digitized editions of historic (approximately 1867 through December 1921) Weymouth Gazette newspapers available online. To view them, please visit our collection hosted at Internet Archive. The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library that archives web pages and hosts digitized materials. The digitization of the newspapers was made possible by an historic preservation grant from the Community Preservation Committee of Weymouth.