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 catalog. The 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.
Subject Guides to collections in the Memorial Libraries:
Finding aids for collections in the Henry N. Flynt Library:
Abbott Family Papers
A.L. Avery General Store Records
Catamount Hill Association Collection
Colton Family Papers
Dwight Family Genealogy Papers
Oliver Edwards and Sons Papers
Reginald and Rachel French Collection
Mary Earle Gould Papers
William H. Guthman Papers
Arthur Hoyt Family Papers
Epaphras Hoyt Sketch-book Collection
Porter Family Papers
Julia D.S. Snow Papers
Taylor Family Papers
View transcriptions of 18th and early 19th-century Deerfield probate records, wills, and related documents; originals are held in local county courthouses.
For researchers unable to visit the library, limited assistance is available by phone, email, or US mail, as time permits.
Reproduction services (photocopies, scans, and digital images for publication) are available to researchers depending on condition and size of material. Staff will determine a reasonable amount per collection or title and fill requests as time permits. Contact the library for fees and payment information.
HOURS: TUESDAY–FRIDAY, 9 A.M.–12 P.M., AND 1-5 P.M. FROM APRIL THROUGH NOVEMBER 2023, THE LIBRARY WILL ALSO BE OPEN THE FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH, 9 A.M.-12 P.M, AND 1-5 P.M.
CLOSED ALL STATE AND FEDERAL HOLIDAYS.
FOR GENERAL INQUIRIES, PLEASE CALL (413) 775-7125 OR EMAIL LIBRARY@HISTORIC-DEERFIELD.ORG.
Location: 6 Memorial Street in Deerfield, Massachusetts.