Local History Collection

Items from our Local History Collection are available upon request and must be used in the library. Please ask a staff member for assistance. Our inventory includes:

o Military Records:
+ Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War
+ Sons of the American Revolution. Massachusetts Society. Historical Memoranda
+ Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War
+ Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the War of 1861-65
+ Record of the Massachusetts Volunteers, 1861-1865
+ Massachusetts in the World War. History.
+ The gold star record of Massachusetts [World War I]

o Histories of Ware:
+ History of Ware, Massachusetts, by Arthur Chase, 1911
+ History of Ware, Massachusetts, 1911-1960, by John Houghton            Conkey and Dorothy Dunham Conkey, 1960
+ Ware : the Manour of Peace, by Warren Bacon and Claudia Chicklas,1996

o County atlas of Hampshire, Massachusetts, 1873
o Ware River News, from 1963 to the present
o Selected tax lists and town directories
o Ware Town Reports
o Ware High School yearbooks, from 1941 to the present

We do not have a print copy of the Vital Records for Ware, covering the years 1735-1893. At least four libraries in Massachusetts have the Ware records available for viewing on microfiche: The Forbes Library in Northampton, The Springfield City Library, the Worcester Public Library, and the State Library of Massachusetts. Additionally, those records are also available at the Newberry Library in Chicago, the Denver Public Library in Colorado, the Jefferson Parish Library in Louisiana, and the Wisconsin Historical Society.