Rev. Edward A. Rand, president of the Historical Society of Watertown, collected newspaper articles, photographs, postcards, handwritten notes, letters and speeches, etc. concerning the history of Watertown Massachusetts and the surrounding area. Everything was pasted on paper in what came to be known as the Rand Scrapbook. Other highlights include sculptures and personal effects of artist Harriet Hosmer, some of the books that the library owned when it opened in 1868, and a selection of titles by local authors.