Special Collections

Old Sturbridge Village
Research Library
1 Sturbridge Village Road (Route 20)
Sturbridge MA , 01566
Institution Contact(s):
  Marguerite Haley, Collections Assistant (508)347-0232
Hours: M-F, by appointment 9:00AM-5:00PM
Seasonal Hours:
  November 3-December 31: Tu-Su 10:00AM-4:00PM
Closings: Closed Christmas Day
Online Catalog:
Services for the Disabled:
  Americans with Disabilities Act accessible Handicapped parking
Other Services:
  Information on hotel/housing accommodations Cafeteria Gift shop Bookstore
Monographs: "Children Everywhere: Dimensions of Childhood In Early 19th Century New England" "Meet Your Neighbors: New England Portraits, Painters, and Society, 1790-1850", edited by Caroline Sloat. "Clock Making in New England, 1750-1850: An Interpretation of the Old Sturbridge Village Collection", by Philip Sea.
Journals: "Old Sturbridge Visitor" (quarterly newsletter)
Bibliographic Utility:
Name: Research Library
Special Collection Contact(s):
  Jack Larkin, Director of Research, Collections and Library (508)347-0298 research@osv.org
Hours: M-F 8:00AM-5:00PM
Collections: 6
Formats: 700 linear feet of manuscripts 300 linear feet of archives 150 maps 450 photographs
Collection Description:
  History and Social, Material and Cultural Life of Rural New England (1780-1850)
New England Rural Life Manuscripts (account books, diaries, family & business papers, record books)
New England Imprints (agricultural, horticulture education, medicine, children, crafts and technology, family life, architecture, law, cooking and foodways), 1780-1860
New England Local Histories (of all six states)
Museum Archives of Old Sturbridge Village (and predecessor organizations and activities, 1928-1978)
19th Century Maps (town, country, state -- of New England)
Early photography of New England Towns
Access: Collection(s) are available by appointment only Access only in reading room, supervised Laptop computers and tape recorders allowed with staff approval
Copying: Photocopying permitted at discretion of staff All photocopying done by staff Restrictions on scanners Restrictions on cameras Restrictions on tape recorders
Loans: No loans permitted Loans permitted for research only
Finding Guides Available:
  Guides for manuscript collection Guide to institutional microfilm holdings Guide to specific microfilm collection(s) Specialized indexes
Directions: BY CAR: Take I-84 to Exit 3B or I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) to exit 9. Follow signs to Route 20 West. BY BUS: Service from Boston, New York and Hartford to Old Sturbridge Village is provided by Peter Pan Bus Lines.