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Historic Collection

A picture of an old building.

The Nevins Library has a collection of newspapers dating back to Methuen’s early 1800’s. The microfilms include Methuen Weekly News, The Methuen Transcript, and the Lawrence Eagle Tribune (from 1890–present). To access these items, visit us at the Reference Department. We’re happy to show you the reels and assist you with using the microfilm reader machine. Printing is available at 15 cents/page.

The links below provides access to the digital forms of The Methuen Transcript and The Methuen Transcript and Essex Farmer, as well as the Evening Tribune between the years of 1890-1959.

In the future we hope to add other resources pertaining to the history of the City of Methuen and other regional Merrimack Valley Massachusetts communities, making them available worldwide, and preserving print and microfilm resources for the future by committing them into the digital format.

The Methuen Transcript and Essex Farmer newspapers are presented via a partnership between Advantage Archives and the Nevins Library. The Evening Tribune (1890-1959) are presented via the Digital Commonwealth website.

See the Methuen Transcript & Essex Farmer
See Methuen Life (2011-Present)
See the Evening Tribune (1890-1959)

The Methuen High School’s Yearbooks are available in online versions. Peruse for free and enjoy high school history and memories from 1928 through the present. These yearbooks were digitized in partnership with the Boston Public Library and the Digital Commonwealth.

See the Methuen High School Yearbooks

Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850— including most cities and towns in Massachusetts—are available for review in the Reference Department of the Nevins Library. Please ask a Reference Librarian for assistance with these materials.

The Nevins Library owns many city directories and other vital records. Materials may be reviewed in the Reference Department. Our Reference Librarians are happy to assist with these items.