Special Collections

The Local History Collection includes many rare or unique documents and objects. To protect and preserve these items (which make up our “special collections”), we store them separately from the materials shelved in the Local History Room.

All special collections are open to the public unless otherwise stated. To access these materials, we suggest that patrons contact staff before visiting the library.

Not sure where to start? Explore our special collections by searching the library catalog or browsing the finding aids below.

Watertown Organizations

Citizens' League of Watertown. Record book, 1896-1901 (inclusive) SC118

Ecumenical Life Center. Scrapbooks, 1974-1993 (inclusive) HIST 280.042 ECU

Grand Army of the Republic. Isaac B. Patten Post No. 81. Record books, 1871-1904 (inclusive) SC103

Rand, Rev. Edward A. Historical Society of Watertown. Scrapbooks, 1889-1903 (inclusive) SC114

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Republican Caucus. Records, 1896-1913 (inclusive) SC119

Watertown Book Club. Records, 1875-1999 (inclusive) SC117

Watertown Fireman's Relief Association. Memorabilia collection, 1854-1965 SC107

Watertown Woman’s Club. Records, 1894-1994 (inclusive) SC101

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Young Men’s Assembly. Records, 1888-1904 (inclusive) SC113

Young People’s Literary Society. Account books, ledgers, and by-laws, 1868-1890 (inclusive) SC104

Watertown People

Fitz, Asa, 1810-1878. Collected papers, 1840-1878 (inclusive) SC201

Francis, Convers. Collection, 1759-1861 (inclusive), 1818-1856 (bulk) SC115 

Hosmer, Alfred G. Family. Records, 1869-1958 HIST 929.2 HOSMER 1869-1958

Newcomb family. Papers and photographs, 1850-1912. HIST 929.2 NEWCOMB 1850-1912

Santoro, Joseph L. C. Collection, 1928-1986 (inclusive) SC112

Thayer, Helen E. Collection, 1848-1950 HIST 929.2 THAYER

Watson, Sigrid Reddy. Watertown Echoes collection, 1981-2008 (inclusive) SC110

Watertown Government / Town Records

Departments and offices

Auditor. Correspondence, 1919-1920 (inclusive) TW119

Board of Assessors. Records, 1775-1926 (inclusive) TW009

Board of Registrars. Records, 1760-1989 (inclusive) TW002

Board of Selectmen. Records, 1737-1924 (inclusive) TW011

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Clerk. Records, 1749-1957 (inclusive) TW101

Fish wardens. Records, 1780-1826 (inclusive) TW001

Overseers of the Poor. Records, 1714-1877 (inclusive) TW005

Police Department. Logbooks, 1908-1930 (inclusive) TW102

Public works records, 1719-1937 (inclusive) TW008

School Committee. Records, 1790-1877 (inclusive) TW012

Stray animal records, 1729-1810 (inclusive) TW007

Treasurer. Records, 1695-1887 (inclusive) TW010

Special Committees/Other

Application of William J. Calnan, Highway Department employee, for a pension, 1919-1932 (inclusive) TW108

Committee Concerning the Building of an Almshouse. Records, 1749-1793 (inclusive) TW004

Committee to Enter into Articles of Agreement with Meridian Lodge. Records, 1803 TW003

Parker School Building Committee. Records, 1912-1915 (inclusive) TW105

Phillips School Building Committee. Records, 1935-1938 (inclusive) TW106

Recycling Advisory Board. Records, 1980-1994, 2002 (inclusive) TW118

Special Committee on the Athletic Field. Records, 1920 TW103

War Service Committee. Records and soldiers’ letters, 1941-1946 (inclusive) TW120