Special Collections

Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield MA , 01201 6385
TTY/TDD: (413)499-9488
FAX: (413)499-9489
General email:
Institution Contact(s):
  Kathy Reilly, Local History Supervisor (413)499-9486 kreilly@cwmars.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: http://wmars.cwmars.org/search~S47
Services for the Disabled:
  TTY/TDD Americans with Disabilities Act accessible Handicapped parking
Name: Local History & Genealogy Dept.
Special Collection Contact(s):
  Kathy Reilly, Local History Supervisor (413)499-9486 kreilly@cwmars.org
Collections: 3
Formats: 40 linear feet of manuscripts 174 linear feet of archives 21,000 monographs 30 newspapers 300 maps 3,200 photographs 2,100 pamphlets 7,000 reels of microforms 10 audio tapes 21 video tapes 170 ephemera 200 realia/artifacts 100 paintings
Collection Description:
  Pittsfield Local History and Genealogy
Melville Collection
Berkshire Authors
Access: Photo ID 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 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 the rotary (Park Square). Take your first right off the rotary 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, as well as a parking garage at the Hilton on the opposite side of the Park Square rotary.