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The Holyoke Collection reflects the diverse history of this immigrant, industrial city. While the collection has only a small amount of personal papers, there is much that documents the city’s rich ethnic communities, their social lives as well as their work lives. The records of numerous clubs and businesses as well as hundreds of photographs tell the story of the city and its people, especially from the 1870s through the 1950s. From the Rand family account book of 1794 to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Souvenir books, the history of the city of Holyoke and its people is well documented by this collection.

  • 175 linear feet of primary source material
  • City Directories from 1882 − 1991
  • Historic Inventory of Buildings 1998
  • Oral Histories and audio/video resources
  • City of Holyoke and School Dept. documents
  • Photographs
  • Artifacts and memorabilia of Holyoke and some surrounding towns.


  • Holyoke reference books−historic & pictorial
  • Pioneer Valley reference books−historic & pictorial
  • Institute of Museum & Library Services Connecting to Collections Museum Reference Library
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Keywords for This Collection

Mills, Paper, Dam, Holyoke, River, Valley, Textile, Thread,Connecticut River, Labor, Union, Dues, Lodges, 

Companies, banking, Paper Manufacturing, Textile Manufacturing, Labor Unions, Cemeteries, Churches, City of Holyoke, annual reports, fire and police dept, City Departents, Boards and Commissioners, City Hall Building, Public school departent, Sister City Apremont France, Clubs and organiations, Holyoke Music Club, Holyok Creative arts Center, Junior League of Holyoke, Kulturama, St. Patricks Parade, The Valley Players, Mount Tom Masonic Lodge, YMCA, YWCA, water power, Canals, Floods, Public Schools, Private Schools, Families, Bachelder, Chapin, Day Parson, Rand, Taft, Whiting, History, Events, Native Americans, Geology, Neighborhoods, buildings, Holyoke Hospial, Holyoke Public Library, Immigration, Migration, Puerto Rican Community, Summit House, Newspapers, Photographs, Grand Army of the Republic, Mlitary service, Parks, Railroads, scrapbooks, recreation, art, sports, transportation, Holyoke Street Railway, Mt. Tom Railroad.

Terms of Access and Use

The collection is open for research, with some restrictions.

Collection Details
MS 201
1794 – Present Day [bulk: 1870-1950] 200 boxes (234 linear ft.)

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