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The city of Holyoke was originally a part of West Springfield called Ireland Parish. Ireland Parish officially became the town of Holyoke in 1850 and separated from West Springfield. In 1873, the town of Holyoke petitioned to become a city, which was granted. It was at this time that the current city hall was built at the corners of High and Dwight Streets and the title of town clerk became city clerk.

The collection contains four series.

  • Series I: Consists of ninety-four tomes of mortgage information covering the years 1859 through 1976 and contains chattel mortgages, personal property mortgages, bills of sale, discharges of mortgages, and foreclosure information.
  • Series II: Consists of two volumes of tax liens covering the years 1952 through 1970 and contains notices of federal tax liens and certificates of release of federal tax liens.
  • Series III: Consists of six volumes of legal notices covering the years 1960 through 1975 and contains legal actions taken against the city of Holyoke and city employees.
  • Series IV: Consists of two volumes of applications for naturalization covering the years 1892 through 1899 and contains the applicants’ local information, but not from where they originated.

Acquisition:  The contents of The Holyoke City Hall Collection are on loan to Wistariahurst Museum from the City Clerk’s Office.

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Keywords for This Collection

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The collection is open for research, with some restrictions.

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