Leominster Monument Square
This special collection includes many types of material on
the city of Leominster. Also included is information about
Massachusetts state, counties and communities, and some
history of the other New England states.
Leominster materials include such items as directories,
yearbooks, church histories, annual reports and anniversary
This collection includes many types of material about the
city of Leominster and its surroundings, including Worcester
County. It also contains state, county and community
histories for much of Massachusetts, as well as some
Compiled Massachusetts military records from the
Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War may be
found here as well. Also among the holdings are incomplete
sets of yearbooks from Leominster High School and the
now-defunct Leominster Hospital School of Nursing.
Directories held in book format include Leominster,
1900-1990; Fitchburg, 1876-1990; an assortment of suburban
directories 1970s and 1980s;and most telephone directories
This collection comprises copies of newspaper articles on
Leominster people, places and activities.
Some thin brochures and publications are also included. Of
particular interest is the “Citizens” component of the
clippings file. Folders are filed alphabetically on families
and individual citizens of Leominster, or of particular
interest to Leominster. The folders are not exhaustive nor
do they cover a set range of dates, though the latter 20th
century predominates. Researchers should be aware that this
is very much a work in progress.
Fitchburg State Local History Conference papers (selected)
The library maintains copies of papers dealing with
Leominster history that were presented at the Local History
Conferences held at Fitchburg State College during the
1980s. Most of the papers bear directly on some aspect of
Leominster history. Papers were written by adults, college
and high school students.
Atlases of Leominster, Worcester County and Massachusetts in
various years, largely the late 19th and early 20th century,
are available for study in the special collections area,
though they may not be copied because of their fragility.
Individual maps of Leominster may be studied in several
parts of the library.
In addition, the Reference Department holds microfilm reels
of multiple Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Leominster (reel
22), Fitchburg (reel 17), and some other Massachusetts
towns. These reels are not located physically within the
Local History and Genealogy Collections. Check with the
Reference Desk on the second floor for assistance.
The library’s collection of microforms is located adjacent
to the Reference Desk on the second floor, separate from the Local History and Genealogy
Collections. These include microfilm of The Leominster
Enterprise (weekly 1873-1903; daily 1895-1973; merged with
Fitchburg Sentinel September 3, 1973 – present); a complete
run in microfilm of The Pioneer (a weekly published
1985-1989); and both microfilm and microfiche of pre-1900
Leominster directories. Other microfilm reels include
Proprietors’ (1701-1847) and town records (1740-1900);
records of the First Church in Leominster, originally
Congregational, now Unitarian-Universalist (1743-1960); and
multiple Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Leominster,
Fitchburg and some other Massachusetts towns.
Microfiche of both Leominster and Worcester vital records to
around 1900 are also available for research.
Check with the Reference Desk on the second floor for
Photocopies and typed transcriptions of the proprietors’
records (1710/11-1834) are available in the collection, as
are town/city reports (1866/67-present), school reports
(1848/49-present), poll tax reports (1915-1931), valuations
(1876-1923) and street lists (1958 to present).
An assortment of city and regional reports of various types
is also maintained.