Local History

The Brookline Room, located at the Main Library, houses a variety of information pertaining to Brookline, past and present. Because of a recent rash of thefts and vandalism, some items (including the high school yearbooks) have been moved into a locked area of the stacks, but are available on request to patrons with ID.

Included in the collection are:

  • Online exhibits of historic photographs and manuscripts on Biblioboard.
  • Maps and atlases which depict Brookline from the 17th century to present day.
    Also, see the State Archives web site for scanned atlases, funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners:
    Atlas of the town of Brookline, Massachusetts, published by G.M. Hopkins & Co., 1874: PDF JPGs
    Atlas of the town of Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, published by G.W. Bromley and Co., 1893: PDF JPGs
  • Brookline directories and street lists from the late 1800s to the present.
  • Photographs of Brookline—old and new—showing streets, estates, buildings, etc.
  • Books on the history of Brookline.
  • Brookline High School yearbooks (The Murivian)
  • Brookline newspapers from 1874 to present (most on microfilm) and a local newspaper index
  • Genealogy.
  • Brookline authors. A variety of books written by authors living in Brookline at the time of publication. Many were donated and signed by the author.
  • Brookline Historical Society Proceedings - partial holdings.
  • Brookline pamphlet file - local newspaper clippings pertaining to Brookline.

The Brookline Room is open during regular library hours. Materials in the Brookline Room are non-circulating.

lib1869.jpg (14920 bytes) Library 1869

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