Working on a rare book collection of Civil War lithograph maps of the battlefields
The Library Mission Statement was revised during the process of formulating a new Long Range Plan in 2012:
"The Mission of the Uxbridge Free Public Library shall be to serve the town of Uxbridge as a center for education, culture, recreation, networking and information. The Library will provide an opportunity for the community to inform and educate themselves by providing a balanced collection of library materials in a variety of formats, programs of interest to the community and access to local history and genealogical information.”
Local History & Genealogy Collection
The third floor of the Uxbridge Free Public Library houses items in a variety of formats of historical interest to the community of the Town of Uxbridge. Most of these items have been cataloged.
The Local History Room contains the Civil War Collection, the Revolutionary War Collection and the GAR Collection maintained by Roy Henry and members of the GAR of Uxbridge. Original documents such as local family genealogies, accounts, ledgers, portraits and photographs related to local history are also housed here.
The Beatrice Sprague Room contains a map chest with historic maps of Uxbridge and the surrounding community, scrapbooks of newspaper clippings dating back to 1922, Town Reports, School Reports, Yearbooks, Vital Records and other town related publications. Back issues of periodicals are also kept here, along with bound volumes of the Blackstone Valley Tribune.
Microfilm and microfiche readers are located in the alcove at the top of the stairs. Microfilm of various years of the Blackstone Valley Tribune, the Uxbridge and the Whitinsville Times, the Uxbridge and the Whitinsville Compendium, the Uxbridge and the Whitinsville Transcript, Town Births 1893-1959, the Douglas Herald, Massachusetts Vital Records: Uxbridge 1720-1900 and the Uxbridge Booster are housed in a cabinet next to the readers. Please check the library catalog for scope of years.
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