History/Genealogy

The Plymouth Collection houses the library’s collection of over 1200 items relating to the descendants of the Mayflower Pilgrims, as well as many other immigrants who settled in the area.   In the 19th and 20th centuries Plymouth attracted and assimilated a post-Yankee wave of Italian, Portugese, German and French immigrants through the largest rope manufacturing company in the world.   By the end of the 20th century, Plymouth had grown from a mill town of 9,500 residents to a sprawling community of more than 50,000.

Resources in the Plymouth Collection are supported through the Rev. Robert M. Bartlett Fund and the Arthur Lord Fund of the Plymouth Public Library Corporation.  The Collection is accessible to the public during normal library hours.  In addition to our print resources, we also subscribe to Ancestry. com and other historical databases which can be accessed from our public computers.

Copies of the local newspaper, The Old Colony Memorial, are available in microfilm format.   We have 3 microfilm readers with printing available for $.10 a page.

If you are unable to visit the Plymouth Collection, our volunteers, under the supervision of librarians, are available to assist you with your research. Please bear in mind that given the volume of requests we receive, it may take us 4-6 weeks to respond.   Please fill out the form below to submit a research request:

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