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Research Recommendations: The Cambridge Room

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

The Cambridge Room in the public library for Cambridge, Massachusetts, houses the library’s archival and rare book collection. The collections focus on Cambridge history and include reference books, public documents published by the City of Cambridge, manuscripts, and photographs.

 

The main library recently opened a major addition, and the Cambridge Room is temporarily closed to the public, but some of the collections are available online and in other areas of the library. The archivist also maintains The Cambridge Room, a wordpress blog, that talks about the collections and provides research assistance. Posts are made in several categories. You can search the site, or browse through the posts by category. Among the categories are:

 

  • "If This House Could Talk"
  • Baker Library
  • Cambridge Businesses
  • Cambridge Chronicle
  • Cambridge in the American Revolution
  • Cambridge Women’s History Day
  • Cambridgeport History Day
  • Famous Cantabrigians
  • On This Day in History
  • Preservation Tips
  • Tips for Researchers


The preservation tips includes a valuable link to a Smithsonian Institute Archives video demonstrating how to remove photographs from self-stick albums.

 

The research tips posts are very interesting. Browsing through them reveals book reviews, online resources, and events. One valuable resource profiled is the Zimmer Index. Compiled by Massachusetts State Librarians in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, it indexes current events of interest to citizens of the Commonwealth. Among the stories it indexes are obituaries, a valuable genealogical resource. Newspapers indexed include the Boston Advertiser, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Journal, Boston Post, Boston Transcript, Cambridge Chronicle, Dorchester Beacon, New York Post, New York Times, Somerville Journal, Springfield Republican, and the Worcester Telegram

 

The Cambridge Room is very interesting and informative, and a blog worth checking in on.


Posted by Michael Leclerc at 01/14/2011 02:14:45 PM | 


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Hello,
I found you on Internet and I was very
surprised wen I found one of my relati-
ve who lived in Ohio with her parents
and one of her sister Irene. Her name is Josephine Stevanko Born 1931 v Cleveland Ohio. Can you tell me how it
is possible, that her name have appea-
red in New England? Was she a member?
id she lived in New England? Was she
interested in Genealogy? Somehow it is
strange to me. Thank you for your time,
I look forward to hear from you.
Catherine katarina@sisna.com
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