Special Collections

Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield MA , 01201 6385
FAX: (413)499-9489
General email:
Institution Contact(s):
  Alex Reczkowski, Director (413)499-9480x102 director@pittsfieldlibrary.org
Hours: M-Th 9:00AM-9:00PM F 9:00AM-5:00PM Sa 10:00AM-5:00PM
Seasonal Hours:
  July-August: M,W,F 9:00AM-5:00PM Tu,Th 9:00AM-9:00PM Sa 10:00AM-5:00PM
Online Catalog:
  Web: https://pittsfield.cwmars.org/
Services for the Disabled:
  Americans with Disabilities Act accessible accessible parking Computers with ZoomText Computers with JAWS
Name: Local History & Genealogy Dept.
Special Collection Contact(s):
  Local History Supervisor (413)499-9486 localhistory@pittsfieldlibrary.org
Collections: 3
Formats: 40 linear feet of manuscripts 174 linear feet of archives 21,000 monographs 47 newspapers 425 maps 3,500 photographs 2,100 pamphlets 77,000 reels of microforms 15 audio tapes 41 video tapes 170 ephemera 200 realia/artifacts 100 paintings 150 framed documents and portraits 20 LP Records
Collections Description: Pittsfield Local History and Genealogy Melville Collection Berkshire Authors
Access: Visitor Sign-in required Access only in reading room, supervised Laptop computers and tape recorders allowed with staff approval
Copying: Photocopying permitted at discretion of staff Self-service copying (change needed) Self-service copying (debit cards available)
Loans: Exceptions made at discretion of librarian
Finding Guides Available:
  General repository guide Guide to monographic collection Guide to photographic collection Guide to Shaker manuscript collection Guide to institutional microfilm holdings Specialized indexes
Directions: FROM THE SOUTH AND EAST: Take I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) West to exit 2 in Lee. Take route 20 North. Route 7 will merge with Route 20 after a few miles in Lenox, and Route 20 will turn off to the left (West) just prior to getting into downtown Pittsfield. Stay on Route 7 until you get to Park Square, where you turn right onto East Street. The Library is located between the first and second rights (Wendell and Bartlett Avenues). FROM THE EAST: Take route 9 West from the Northampton area which will take you into downtown Pittsfield. Just before you get to the Berkshire Medical Center, take left onto First Street (Route 7). At the end of First Street is East Street and the Berkshire Athenaeum. FROM THE NORTH: Take Route 7 south from Adams. As you approach downtown Pittsfield (with the Berkshire Medical Center ahead on the right) Route 7 will bear left onto First Street. Stay on Route 7. At the end of First Street is East Street and the Berkshire Athenaeum. PARKING: There is a small lot at the rear of the Athenaeum, and some on street parking on both Wendell and Bartlett Avenues (closely monitored for parking violations because of the courthouse close by). There are metered lots on First Street and on East Street, at the hotel and on McKay street on the opposite side of Park Square.