Local History & Archives

Our goal in the Local History & Archives Department is to help tell the story of our community by fostering curiosity in our shared history, providing access to primary sources, listening to our community members and sharing our knowledge and collections.

Visit and explore to share your Amesbury story or to learn from our resources.

We are a small staff so please know that there is much to explore that is not yet cataloged or online. Always ask! We might be able to help. 

Research visits are offered by appointment and our online resources are available 24/7.

Our collections include library and city records, manuscripts, maps, photographs, ephemera, rare books, and fine art. 






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Dive deeper on our blog, Bits of Beauty. We update it periodically with highlights from our collection. Let us know what you want to learn more about. 

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