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July 24, 2013

Newburyport Archival Center: a researcher's destination

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Other projects utilizing the center’s collection are: Bill Harris on the Coombs Wharf; programs for the Newburyport Preservation Trust; research for the Historical Society of Old Newbury; thesis work; and genealogical research. The city is archiving its earliest records, maps and census information in the center, and COW and the NRA are going through documents dealing with the waterfront.

The archives have early documents of the Newburyport Art Association, church histories, diaries, scrapbooks, maps, veterans records, vital records and cemetery records, just to mention a few. Generous donations paid for additional microfilm for Essex County Probate Records.

Parents bring in their children to go through old photographs and house records — and one day there could be genealogy workshops for children.

The researchers have pride in the work done in the Newburyport Archival Center and its contribution to sustaining the Newburyport area’s historical heritage. It is a busy place.

Marge Motes

Local historian and author and user of the Newburyport Archival Center

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