Local History

The Local History Collection is currently in storage while the library is under construction. Please contact the Library Director if you have questions about accessing this material by email Library @ PeterboroughNH.gov.

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, 1849-199

Monadnock Ledger Transcript, 2018

Below is a brief list of some of the more popular materials available in the Local History Collection (in print).

    • Town Histories (Includes histories for most of the Monadnock region.) Link
    • Yearbooks ConVal High School  (1971-Present) Link
    • Yearbooks Peterborough High School (1945-1971) Link
    • Town Reports for Town of Peterborough Link
    • Materials on the history of MacDowell Colony Link
    • Peterborough Transcript, 1854-2006 (Microfilm) Link
    • Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, 2006-present (Microfilm) Link

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: