Bridgewater Public Library Archives and Special Collections
The Bridgewater Public Library Archives and Special Collections, housed in the Lorraine B. Daley Historical Room, exists to collect, preserve, and provide access to materials that document the local history of the Town of Bridgewater, the Bridgewater community, and the immediate surrounding area.
The collection includes letters, maps, photographs, annual Town of Bridgewater reports beginning in 1854, Town of Bridgewater street lists beginning in 1927, local high school yearbooks beginning in the 1920s, and other resources related to Bridgewater, MA local history. There are also a number of published works related to the Plymouth County area and Bridgewater, MA.
The collection is open to researchers during normal library hours. For more information about the Bridgewater Public Library Archives and Special Collections and its local history collection, contact the Archives staff.
Other Local History Resources
Town Clerk’s Office
Birth, death, and marriage records of the Town of Bridgewater.
Bridgewater Genealogical Site
Extensive information for genealogical research and local history.
Bridgewater State University Virtual Commons
The Local History Virtual Commons offers a photo gallery and information pertaining to Bridgewater's history.
Old Bridgewater Historical Society
The Old Bridgewater Historical Society serves the areas of Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, and Brockton. The website offers a list of local cemeteries and research guides.
Plymouth County Registry of Deeds Special Record Collection
Digitized plans and records that of significance to Plymouth County and its history.
Massachusetts Online Vital Records Research Guide
Aggregated list of online transcriptions of vital records up to 1850 for Massachusetts cities and towns including links to digitized versions of the "Tan Books" series published by the New England Historical & Genealogical Society, the Salem Institute, and others.
Hathi Trust Digital Library
Provides access to 17+ million digitized books and documents including the "Tan Books" series of vital records up to 1850 published by the New England Historical & Genealogical Society, the Salem Institute, and others.