Memorial Libraries

Historic Deerfield operates a research library with the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, together known as the Memorial Libraries. The libraries are open to visitors who have an interest in early New England life, local history, and decorative arts.

The Henry N. Flynt Library serves primarily as a research center for Historic Deerfield’s collections and programs. Holdings are particularly strong in the decorative arts, architecture, and material culture of early New England, and include approximately 23,000 printed volumes, numerous periodicals, and important collections of manuscripts accessible through an online catalogThe Stephen L. Wolf Collection of books on paint, varnish, and the history of color provide a remarkable degree of depth on those subjects. Historic Deerfield is a member of the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, and hosts visiting scholars annually.

The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association Library collections document the life and thought of Deerfield from the close of the 17th century to the 20th. The library’s 24,000 books, many with histories of local ownership, include literature, sermons, history, travel, biography, and works on agriculture, animal husbandry, and domestic economy. The library also has an extensive manuscript collection, rich in material on families and local history.

Research Policy:

Priority is given to assisting researchers who use the library in person, making it advisable to do so whenever possible.  For those unable to visit the library, limited research assistance is available by phone, email, or US mail, as time permits, according to the following fee schedule:

• Questions answered in 30 minutes or less: $5.00 + $0.25 per photocopy (limit 25 copies)
• Longer questions: $25 per hour + $0.25 per copy (limit 25 copies)

When contacting us regarding your research question, please specify all sources you have already consulted, including titles and authors of books when applicable.  This will ensure the most efficient use of our time, thus helping to minimize the cost to you. 

Searchable Resources:

The following finding aids are available online: Catamount Hill Association CollectionChampney Papers,  Colton Family PapersDwight Family Genealogy PapersMary Earle Gould PapersArthur Hoyt Family PapersEpaphras Hoyt Sketch-book CollectionJulia D.S. Snow PapersTaylor Family Papers, the Women’s History Sourcebook, the A.L. Avery General Store Records, the Reginald and Rachel French Collection, and the Pease-Hyde Papers.

View transcriptions of 18th and early 19th-century Deerfield probate records, wills, and related documents.

Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., and 1-5 p.m.  

Closed all state and federal holidays. 

Location: 6 Memorial Street in Deerfield, Massachusetts.