Plymouth, Massachusetts
This exhibit, originally displayed at the State Library of Massachusetts in Fall 2008, highlights the breadth and depth of items in the library’s collections that document the history of the town of Plymouth, Massachusetts. In addition to books about Plymouth, the State Library’s collections also include town reports, maps and plans, photographs, legislative documents, newspapers, tax valuations, directories, and the personal papers of a state legislator who represented Plymouth.

The myriad of primary sources displayed here is heavily used by a variety of researchers at the State Library. Environmental consultants refer to maps and plans to identify sensitive areas near sites proposed for development. Genealogists use the directories to find ancestors. Lawyers rely on legislative documents to trace the evolution of a bill. Students use historic newspapers to understand what issues were of major concern to the community at a particular point in time. Scholars use photographs, manuscript collections, and other materials to document the members and operations of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate.

The items detailed in this exhibit are located in the the Special Collections Department of the library, which is in room 55 of the Massachusetts State House. The Special Collections Department and the main reading room of the library, located in room 341, are open Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.
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