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Materials Available in the Reading Room (open stacks):

Books in these collections are searchable in the Jones Library online catalog.
  1. Family Histories (arranged alphabetically by family name).
  2. Genealogy Reference Collection - Includes guides to researching family history.
  3. Local and Regional History Collection (national, regional and local; arranged geographically and thereunder alphabetically by author name)
  4. Periodicals
  5. Newspaper holdings

Other Materials Available on request:

  1. The Boltwood Historical and Genealogical Collections
    The Boltwood Collections feature material on family and local history. They include family genealogies and other genealogical reference sources, histories of states, counties, and towns, published vital records and general histories. The manuscript collection emphasizes the history of Amherst and the Pioneer Valley from 1730 to the present. The 20,000 documents include diaries, account books, letters, wills, deeds and other personal, business and church papers.  Much of this collection is available on microfilm.

  2. Amherst Authors (most are searchable in the online catalog)
    Publications by writers who are or were Amherst residents.

  3. Amherst Imprints (some are searchable in the online catalog)
    Publications by Amherst printers, 1825-

  4. Clifton Johnson Collection (some are searchable in the online catalog)
    An important collection of ca. 1,000 18th and 19th century juvenile and schoolbooks, with particular strengths in early American readers and spellers.

  5. Manuscript Collections (searchable in Special Collections card catalog)
    Unpublished family and personal papers, organizational and business records, and artificial subject collections.  Included here are the Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost Collections.

  6. Photograph Collections

This page last updated on January 22, 2015.