Special Collections

Ipswich Public Library
25 North Main Street
Ipswich MA , 01938
General email:
Institution Contact(s):
  Genevieve Picard Assistant Library Director gpicard@ipswichlibrary.org 978-356-6648 Ext. 3017
Hours: Monday 9 AM-8 PM Tuesday 9 AM-8 PM Wednesday 9 AM-8 PM Thursday 9 AM-5 PM Friday 9 AM-5 PM Saturday 9 AM-4 PM Sunday 1-4 PM
Seasonal Hours:
  Summer Hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9 AM-8 PM Thursday & Friday 9 AM-5 PM Saturday & Sunday Closed
Online Catalog:
  Web: https://mvlc.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/ipswich#
Services for the Disabled:
  Handicapped parking Optelec (magnification viewer) Loud-R-ear amplification
Name: Ipswich Archives
Special Collection Contact(s):
  Genevieve Picard Assistant Library Director gpicard@ipswichlibrary.org 978-356-6648 Ext. 3017
Collections: 10
Formats: 481 linear feet of manuscripts 2,299 linear feet of monographs 7 volumes of maps 71 maps 254 reels of microforms 129 cassettes of oral histories 13 video tapes
Collection Description:
  Ipswich Local History and Genealogy
Ipswich Historical Society Manuscript Collection (216 linear feet of processed material in 2 file cabinets)
Fewkes-Darling Papers (248 linear feet)
Emma Stafford papers (1879-1958) (2 linear feet) (manuscripts, artifacts relating to Ipswich's "Last Indian Princess," a direct descendent of Wampanoag Chief Massasoit
Cable Hospital (.5 linear feet) (minutes, reports, member lists, newsletters 1976-1979)
Ipswich Parish Papers (1.3 linear feet) (scripts, programs, photos, memorabilia from local drama group active from 1930-1942)
Ipswich League of Women Voters (5.5 linear feet) (minutes, reports, correspondence 1953-1995)
Ipswich Garden Club (4.8 linear feet) (minutes, reports, clippings, photos, member lists 1927-2002)
Ipswich Photographs (1.8 linear feet) (photos of people, landscapes, streetscapes, water views, buildings, mostly late 19th and early 20th century)
Daniel Treadwell Papers (1791-1872) (1.3 linear feet) (letters, scientific documents, artifacts relating to local inventor and co-founder of Ipswich Public Library)
"Antiquarian Papers," 1879-1885
Access: Collection(s) are available during library hours Sign-in required
Copying: Photocopying permitted at discretion of staff Self-service copying
Loans: No loans permitted
Directions: FROM BOSTON AND POINTS SOUTH: From either Route 1 or Route 128, take I-95 North to exit 50 (Route 1/Topsfield). Travel North for approximately 5 miles, crossing Route 97 (first set of lights). At the 2nd set of lights, turn right. Travel another 5.5 miles into Ipswich and the intersection of Route 1A (you are on Topsfield Road which terminates here). Cross Route 1A and proceed up the hill (with church steeple) directly facing you as you enter town; this is North Main Street). The Library, #25, is at the top of the hill, on the right, set back slightly from the street. FROM THE NORTH: Take I-95 South to exit 54 (Route 133). Proceed East on Route 133 toward Rowley. At the intersection with Route 1A, travel south toward Ipswich for 3.17 miles. Turn left up North Main Street. Proceed as above. ALTERNATE ROUTE: Take Route 128 East to Route 1A. Take exit 20A North to Hamilton. Travel 8.5 miles to Ipswich and turn right onto North Main Street. Proceed as above.