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The Procter Museum & Archives, Photo by Karen Grigoryan

Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the impending installation of a new HVAC (ventilation) system, the Museum & Archives is closed to the public.

However, the archival collections are open by appointment.

The historical collection is documented in the Stockbridge Library Association records as early as 1865.  However, the collection was more fully developed under the direction of R. R. Bowker, President of the Stockbridge Library Board (1904-1928).

When an addition was added to the main Library building in 1937-1938, the historical collection became a separate department that was housed in the lower level of the new addition.

Today, the Museum & Archives is part of the overall Stockbridge Library. Researchers may use our archival collections by appointment. Note that the Museum is closed to walk-in visitors at this time.

Finding aids are available for many of the archival collections.

What’s here?

The historical collection consists of over 500 artifacts and almost 100 pieces of fine and graphic art.  Object such as Jonathan Edwards’ writing desk; a contemporary portrait of Agrippa Hull; and two portraits by noted painter Ammi Phillips (a mid-nineteenth century Stockbridge resident).

Collection formats include account books, legal papers, sermons, journals, correspondence, and other documents dating back to 1738.  The collection contains records for the American Legion, Indian Hill Music Workshop, Laurel Hill Association, and the Williams High School Alumni Association, among others.

Materials most often requested by researchers include those about the Stockbridge Munsee Mohican TribeAgrippa HullMumbet (Elizabeth Freeman); Jonathan Edwards; noted author Catharine Sedgwick; the Field family; and Hitty, the doll character portrayed in Rachel Field’s children’s book published in 1929.

How to access the collections

Reference materials are available for researchers to use in the Library.  These materials include local histories, family histories, biographies, and reference sources about the history of Stockbridge, including Native American studies, religion, photography, and legal history.  Other reference files include a vertical file, or information file of clippings and ephemera covering biographical information and local history.

The Stockbridge Library Museum is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Please contact us at info@stockbridgelibrary.org to schedule a research appointment in the archives.

 

About the Archives!

Archival collections include account books, legal papers, sermons, journals, correspondence, and other documents dating back to 1738.  The collection contains records for the American Legion, Indian Hill Music Workshop, Laurel Hill Association, and the Williams High School Alumni Association, among others.

The archival collection contains personal and family papers of Stockbridge residents and an assortment of local institutional and business records, as well as numerous collections organized by subject or format.

Materials include original documents by eighteenth century Mahican Native Americans and preliminary writings (drafts and corrected proofs) by author Rachel Field, playwright William Gibson, Stefan Lorant, novelist Catharine Sedgwick, Lyman Beecher Stowe, and Robert Underwood Johnson.

 

Archival finding aids

These finding aids are available in the Museum & Archives. To download a finding aid, please click on a bolded title below:

Institutional & Business Records:

  • American Legion Records
  • Berkshire Republican Library Records
  • Brown Book of Deeds
  • First Congregational Church Records
  • Hill Water Company Records
  • Indian Hill Music Workshop Records
  • Interlaken Congregational Church Records
  • Laurel Hill Association Records
  • Stockbridge Bowl Association Records
  • Stockbridge Casino Records
  • Stockbridge Library Association Records
  • Tuesday Club Records
  • Williams High School Alumni Association Records

Personal & Family Papers:

Other collections/topics:

  • Alice’s Restaurant Photography Collection
  • Cookbook Collection
  • Map Collection
  • Oral History Collection
  • Stockbridge Authors Manuscript Collection
  • Stockbridge Imprints Collection
  • Stockbridge Indian Collection
  • Stockbridge School Collection
  • Wilcox (Richard) Deed Research Collection

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