The Local History Room opened in 1989 after the completion of the new addition. The room offers a collection of early town histories and vital records from around the state. It also houses the original Falmouth Social Library bookcase and many of its books from 1802. The collection continues to be evaluated and new selections are added on an ongoing basis.
The library staff are especially proud of the Local History Room scrapbook collection. We have approximately 50 indexed scrapbooks that contain articles relating to Westbrook people and events dating from the 1890s to the 1950s. The Local History Room relies a great deal on photocopies. This allows patrons to browse through the materials without having to handle very old and often brittle items. We also have several notebooks of Westbrook photographs and tax valuations from 1815-1954. Our collection also features Westbrook High School yearbooks from 1904-present and city directories from 1885.
In 1992, the Church of Latter Day Saints microfilmed 175 books and 10,000 index cards. Included in this are Westbrook’s burial cards from the public cemeteries. This feature offers a security measure, as we now have duplicate records housed outside the cemetery office, making them more available to the public. On microfilm we also have the Federal Census Records, over 30 rolls of early 1900s newspapers and the Westbrook American/American Journal from 1951-current.
The Local History Room exists to provide its users with a dedicated area for research and enjoyment. We have a large number of people that visit each year to do research and genealogy and we look forward to helping patrons of all ages to use this great community resource.
Julie Peterson, Curator
Local History Room
By Appointment Only
Call the Local History Room 854-0630 x4257 or Adult Services x4256