Local History

The Local History Collection is located in the McGilvray Room on the second floor of the library.

The Local History Collection is located in the McGilvray Room on the second floor of the library. It is open to the public during regular library hours. If you need assistance, a Reference Librarian is available by appointment.

The materials in this collection do not circulate. They are all cataloged and searchable in our catalog.

NEW Resource!

Peterborough Town Library Digital Archive

Includes the following newspapers that are fully indexed and searchable online.

    • Contoocook Transcript 1847-1959
    • Peterborough Messenger 1848-1860
  • Peterborough Transcript, 1849-1971
  • Monadnock Ledger Transcript, 2018

Below is a brief list of some of the more popular materials available in the Local History Room.

    • Town Histories (Includes histories for most of the Monadnock region.) Link
    • Peterborough Transcript, 1854-2006 (Microfilm and Paper) Link
    • A growing selection of our historical newspapers are digitized and searchable here. Link
    • Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, 2006-present (Microfilm and Paper) Link
    • Yearbooks ConVal (1971+) Link
    • Peterborough High (pre-1971) Link
    • Historical Maps Link
    • Town Reports for Town of Peterborough Link
  • Materials on the history of MacDowell Colony Link

At this time, the McGilvray room is not ADA compliant. We will make every effort to accommodate all patrons.

Looking for Primary Source Materials?

The Monadnock Center for History & Culture

The Monadnock Center for History and Culture is the home of a rich historical archive that documents the history of Peterborough and the Monadnock Region. The Morison Library & Archives offers the community access to thousands of letters, diaries, newspapers, photographs and other documents that record our past. Primary source materials include extensive holdings on the town’s 19th century mills and manufacturers, genealogical materials, and tax records.


Contact the Monadnock Center for more information: