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Local History

The Chicopee Room at the Chicopee Public Library contains materials relating to the history of Chicopee and the surrounding cities/towns in Hampden County. The primary purpose of the Chicopee Room is to promote the study of local history and genealogical research.
Some information has been digitized. To view the collection visit Chicopee Archives Online. A small collection of historic Chicopee photographs is also available on Digital Commonwealth.

Historical Collections

  • Chicopee Municipal Reports (1848-1977)
  • Chicopee Soldiers Record– Handwritten ledger containing the name, address, and occupation of the 600 men from Chicopee who served in the Civil War.
  • City directories (for Chicopee, the directories begin in 1875-76) 1875-1901, 1906, 1911-12, 1916, 1919-33, 1935-38, 1940, 1942-43, 1945, 1947-48, 1950-58, 1960-71, 1974-78, 1980, 1984, 1986-89
  • Historical Photographs - Miscellaneous photographs relating to the history of Chicopee in addition to 2 Albums of Black & White Photographs (with Index) of Chicopee taken by Russ H. Gilbert, Chicopee reporter for the Springfield Union (1917-1922 ).
  • Maps - Chicopee Maps (various 1855-1916)
    • Chicopee Sanbourne Fire Insurance Maps 1915
    • Springfield (1897-1972)
    • Hampden County (1857)
  • Published books related to Chicopee History, including local biographies, industry histories, geological and environmental overviews, as well as books about surrounding cities and towns.
  • Scrapbooks - WWII Chicopee Soldiers, Operation “Little Vittles” (WWII), Chicopee City Baseball League (1950)
  • Street Listings (from voter lists, 1939 – present)
  • Vertical Files - Newspaper clippings and pamphlets related to people and events in and around Chicopee organized by topic, including historical homes files compiled by the Massachusetts Historical Commission.
  • Veterans' Grave Registration - Colonial Era to Vietnam War
  • Yearbooks - Chicopee High School (1942-2001)
    Chicopee Comprehensive (1964-2002)
    (Various years are missing)

Historical Local Newspaper & Magazine Collections

  • Hampshire Federalist (10 issues 1806-1811)
  • Hampden Federalist (24 issues 1813-1816)
  • Hampden Journal (44 issues 1813-1824)
  • Cabotville Chronicle and Chicopee Falls Advertiser (8 issues from 1839-1845)
  • Cabotville Mirror (4 issues 1847, 1849)
  • Chicopee Telegraph (3 issues 1849-1851)
  • Chicopee Journal (18 issues 1857-1880)
  • Olive Leaf (mill newspaper, 1843)
  • The Weekly Journal (2 bound volumes, 1853-1856)
  • Fisk Bulletin (from the Fisk Athletic Club and Social Association, 1917 - 1920)
  • Westover Flier (Westover Air Base newspaper, 1955 - 1970)
  • Chicopee Highlights (1958-1971)
  • Chickuppy Magazine (1977-1987)
  • Skipmunk Magazine (Winter 1977-Summer 1981)

A few select issues are available from The Oracle, Chicopee Herald, Chicopee Times, Springfield Daily Homestead, Springfield Daily News, Springfield Republican, and Springfield Union. Please call, text or email the Reference Department for specific issue dates.

Microfilm Collections

Vital Records:

  • Index to births: 1848 – 1909
  • Register to Births: 1848 – 1903
  • Index to Intentions of Marriage: 1848 – 1890
  • Register of Marriage Intentions: 1848 – 1903
  • Index to Marriages: 1848 – 1909 Last page of M’s
  • Index to Marriages: 1891 – 1909 (P – Z)
  • Register of Marriages: 1848 – 1890
  • Index to Deaths: 1848 – 1912
  • Register of Deaths: 1848 - 1906
  • Republican Newspaper: 1982-Present

The Chicopee Public Library is now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. This means we have a large collection of microfilm and microfiche useful for genealogy research on extended loan. To search our current collection, please visit:
https://familysearch.org/catalog-search.
Microfilm may also be ordered from FamilySearch.org and sent to the Chicopee Public Library for viewing. The Chicopee Room has one ScanPro 2000 microfilm reader. The shipping cost for the microfilm is at the researcher’s expense. For more information please visit:
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ordering_Microfilm_or_Microfiche.
Please contact the Reference Department to schedule time on the microfilm reader. The local history room is open to researchers during normal library hours. The local history librarian may not be able to assist you during all operating hours. If you need special assistance or plan to use the microfilm reader, please call, text or email prior to visiting.

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Locations & Hours

Emily L. Partyka
Central Library
449 Front St
Chicopee, MA
01013
413-594-1800
Map or Directions

  1. Monday: 9am - 9pm
  2. Tuesday: 9am - 9pm
  3. Wednesday: 9am - 9pm
  4. Thursday: 9am - 9pm
  5. Friday: 9am - 5pm