Local History & Genealogy

Local History RoomLet us help you discover local history, or your family’s roots!

Our Local History Room, located on the second floor of the library, is open to the public during regular library hours. Materials may be used within the building, but not checked out. They are searchable in the online catalog.

If you need assistance, a Reference Librarian is available on Tuesdays from 11 to 1 and Wednesdays from 4 to 6, or by appointment. Please email jclements@watertown-ma.gov to arrange a time that works for your schedule.

Can’t make it to the library? Start exploring our digitized materials by selecting a topic below, or view our contributions to the statewide Digital Commonwealth photograph collection. You can also find answers to common questions and links to other resources.

Histories and HighlightsHouses Buildings and Land
Industry and CommerceMaps
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Schools and Places of Worshiptown records button
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