Onsite Collections

Business Records:

Include account books, business histories, business records, and articles for a variety of small trades and larger manufacturers in Cheshire County.

Church records and local nonprofit records are also available for many local churches and organizations.

Business & Organization Records



Federal population Census from 1790 to 1930, every 10 years, except for the year 1890 which was lost in a fire.

Federal Agricultural and Manufacturing Census from 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880.

Personal Papers:

Over 138 collections of personal and family papers are archived at the Society including diaries and letters, family genealogy materials, and newspaper clippings.

Personal Papers- Manuscript Records


Photograph Collection:

Approximately 20,000 historic photographs from the 1840’s to the 2010’s are preserved in the Society’s archives.  As of March 2017, about 8,000 of those historic photographs have been digitized and are searchable to onsite visitors in our library database.  Below: Descriptions of our larger photograph collections sorted by Photographer.

Large Photo Collection Descriptions


Published Materials:

Cheshire County’s town histories, town reports, town and business directories, and local newspapers are available to researchers.



More than 300 different maps of New Hampshire, Cheshire County, County’s towns, and related areas are in the collection.

Vital Statistics:

The research room provides researchers with access to birth, death, marriage, and cemetery records for various towns in New England.