Helen Thayer headshotMany people who were born and/or lived in Watertown have made their mark on history. The library has digitized materials on some of them, including the sermons of Reverend Convers Francis and a biography of inventor Sterling Elliott in the form of a catalog for his most successful product, the Elliott Addressing Machine.

In the Local History Room, you can find materials on the lives of other Watertown residents. Search their names in our online catalog to see what is available, or view guides to the following collections:

Alfred G. Hosmer

Harriet Hosmer

Helen Thayer

Anne Whitney

To search for Watertown residents who may have made their mark in quieter ways, check our Directories, Yearbooks, and Genealogy resources.