About the Fall River Room
Archives & Special Collections
The Fall River Public Library preserves and provides access to materials that document the history of Fall River. The Fall River Room is our dedicated space for local history materials, including city archival records, books on Fall River and New England history, works on genealogy, postcards, and special collections such as the Lizzie Borden Collection and Estes Collection (books by local authors).
Some local history collections, such as maps, newspapers, and yearbooks, have been digitized and can be viewed free online. Visit the Digital Collection on our Local History page.
Materials from the collection do not circulate, and some items require an appointment to view. Need more information or interested in setting up an appointment?
Email email@example.com or call the Reference Department: 508-324-2700, ext. 3.
Lizzie Borden Collection
The Lizzie Borden Collection consists of biographies, nonfiction accounts of the murders and trial, fictionalized retellings of the story, plays, bibliographies, and news articles related to Lizzie Borden, her trial, and the Borden murders. These materials must be used in the library.
The Fall River Historical Society has photographs and artifacts relating to the murders. Images and information can also be found at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast and the Lizzie Andrew Borden Virtual Museum and Library.
Fall River newspapers from the 19th through 21st century are available on microfilm in the Reference Room. Here is a list of Newspapers on Microfilm.
Early census records, vital records before 1889, and Fall River City Directories from 1853-1967 are available on microfilm. Later city directories are available in print. Many can also be accessed online.
Our digital collection of local history resources is growing!
Items in our digital collection, including Catholic school yearbooks and local postcards, may be found on the Internet Archive and Digital Commonwealth.
The B.M.C. Durfee High School’s Keeley Library has a collection of local history materials, including a substantial yearbook collection.