Special Collections

The Special Collections of the Lawrence Public Library is composed of manuscripts, archives, periodicals, newspapers, photographs, artifacts, and ephemera. The majority of the collections are housed in the 3rd floor History Room of the main library building. Special Collections materials do not circulate. Microfilm readers are available on the 2nd and 3rd floor.

Research Requests

Research requests can be directed to Louise Sandberg, in person, by mail, email, or by calling 978-620-3606. The minimum charge for research is $10 per hour with a $5 minimum.


  • Books and serials encompassing these topics:
    • Catholicism
    • Genealogy
    • History of the United States with and emphasis on New England
    • Labor, textiles and textile history
  • Library of the Pacific Mills
    • Remains of a library once used by employees of the mill and given to the Library
  • Posters of World War I and II
  • Lawrence Public Library collection on Digital Commonwealth
  • Lawrence Public Library collection on the Internet Archive, including Lawrence High School yearbooks

Additional Information

Visit our new Queen City Massachusetts "Catablog" for details about some of the interesting holdings in the Library's Special Collections.

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