Local History

For Local History questions please call the Reference Desk at 413-789-1550 x2.

Local History Policy:

  • The library considers local history and genealogical materials pertaining to Agawam and Feeding Hills of great importance.
  • Consideration is also given to collecting material pertaining to the surrounding towns and Hampden County.
  • In rare instances material pertaining to Massachusetts or New England may be collected.
  • Genealogical materials unique to Agawam and Feeding Hill may also be accepted.
  • Materials such as books, vital records, maps, photographs, town-specific articles and pamphlets can be acquired or donated.
  • Donors must fill out a Deed of Gift form to acknowledge the transfer of ownership to the Agawam Library.
  • The Local History collection is accessible to the general public in the library only. The Local History collection does not circulate.
  • The library will participate in preservation whenever possible.

“The Agawam Historical Association is a private, non-profit organization. The Agawam Historical Association preserves and promotes local history through its public programs; its house museum, the Thomas Smith House; and its collection of artifacts and records at the Agawam Historical & Fire House Museum.”


“The Agawam Historical Commission is the official agent of municipal government responsible for community-wide historic preservation planning. Its members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.”


To view the complete scanned editions for 1927 to 2022 please click here.

The ImageMuseum currently displays more than 71,112 historical images.

This site collects, displays and preserves historical images from cities, towns and places in Western Massachusetts (Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties). All images are free and shareable.


For Agawam Advertiser from 1971 to 2018, please click here.

For Agawam Citizen from 1974 to 1975, please click here.

For Agawam Independent from 1961 to 1972, please click here.

For Agawam News from 1967 to 1970, please click here.

For Southwick/Suffield Advertiser/News from 1981-1983, please click here.

To view the complete scanned editions of the Agawam Town Reports from 1891 to 1984, please click here.

  1. First off, write down as much information as possible. Using a template to begin recording your research is a good idea. Click here to view recommended templates. 
  2. Visiting the local assessor’s website may bring some information. Searching an address can result in information such as the current owner, date the house was built & other facts. Click here to view Agawam’s website. 
  3. Click here to visit MACRIS maps and enter your address. MACRIS is run by the Massachusetts Historical Commission & there may be information on your home in their database. Be sure to write down when it was built & any names associated with it.
  4. Click here to view home of the National Register of Historic Places. Enter “Agawam” into the search field & see what information this site can provide. Navigating this site can be complex. Don’t be afraid to call the library if you need help!
  5. Click here to access the Hampden County Registry of Deeds. Enter  your property’s address. Record names of owners of the property.
  6. Click here to view Historic Map Works. Enter the town name. There may be some names of property owners on these maps not recorded elsewhere.
  7. Click here to view the Springfield newspaper archives. Search in quotes for home’s address. Full text articles are not available but summaries are. If full-text is required please call Springfield Library Reference Desk (413-263-6828 ext. 213) & they may be able to get the article for you.
  8. Visit ancestry.com. Click here to enter names discovered in your search while at home. Click here to enter names discovered in your search while at the library. Please note that ancestry.com is only available to Agawam patrons.
  9. Worth remembering: Venturing into the past can be tricky. Your current address may not be the address of the house when it was built. Remember to record address changes throughout a home’s history. Also remember that venturing into the past can be complicated & potentially frustrating. Despite what TV would have you believe, research is not always simple & can take days, weeks, months, or years. Do not get easily discouraged & remember to enjoy the journey!