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Historical Records

Norwood Historical Records

Many local organizations hold archives of important historical documents. Here the Norwood library has documented and described the holdings of municipal departments, schools, churches, the hospital and the historical society in Norwood.

This information was generated as the result of a 2003 grant from the Massachusetts Historical Records Advisory Board and Secretary of State William Galvin. The Library invited municipal departments, religious, social and civic organizations to participate. An archivist was hired to visit the participating organizations. At each location records were surveyed and a description recorded. A printed guide to the participating organizations and the documents surveyed is available in the Library Reference Department. This Database is a complete catalog of the items which the archivist saw at each location. For information about how to examine the actual documents please call each organization directly.

The Library has its origins in the collection of Reverend Jabez Chickering who began loaning books to parishioners in 1790. This collection became the Social Circulating Library of South Dedham. After the organization was dissolved, a commonly held collection of books served residents during the nineteenth century until the public library was created as a town department in 1873. In 1897 the Morrill family donated funds to erect a library building, and in 1898 the present Morrill Memorial Library was dedicated. During the following decades the library building was expanded several times: in 1928 an addition was built to the rear, in 1965-1966 a front section was constructed, and two new wings added, in 1998-2001 the interior was renovated to include a meeting room. Today the library, a member of the Minuteman Library Network, houses a collection of over 90,000 books, periodicals, newspapers and audiovisual materials.

Inclusive dates: 1790 – present (predominantly 1890 – present)
The documents of the Norwood Historical Collection have been given randomly to the Library over the years. Major town-related printed documents such as Street Lists and Annual Reports of the Town are listed in the Library’s holdings. Holdings include unpublished materials relating to the Library, such as a list of “Proprietors of the Social Circulating Library of 1830” and hand-written minutes of meetings of the Library Trustees between 1898-1923. Other record types include photographs, lantern slides, wills, programs, and flyers.

Internet Archive
As a member of the Digital Commonwealth organization, the Morrill Memorial Library digitized the town's Annual Reports from 1873 - 2016 and made them available to the public and searchable online at The Library will likely digitize additional archival materials for the Digital Commonwealth in the future.


UPDATE - 1/25/21

**Our library building is currently open limited morning hours Monday - Saturday and we are offering Curbside Pickup appointments in the afternoons. Please visit our Reopening Information page for the latest open hours, services, curbside information, and updates.**

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July 1 - Labor Day

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