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Hometown, Then and Now (EN 010-07 & -23)


Town Histories in the Library

Research sources and tips for the hometown history assignment in Mariette Landry's FWS classes.

Search Holmes for Town Histories

The Boston College Libraries have a large collection of town histories, primarily for communities in Massachusetts and other New England States, but for some others as well. To search for a history of your hometown, enter it in the search box below and hit Go.  

NOTE: It's not necessary to enter the state name, but if you do—especially if your town's name is a common one—use the special state abbreviations at right and put the town and state abbreviation in quotation marks (e.g. "Trenton N.J."; "Plymouth, Minn"; "Oakland, Calif".)

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Special State Abbreviations

Alabama Ala
Alaska Alaska
Arizona Ariz
Arkansas Ark
California Calif
Colorado Colo
Connecticut Conn
Delaware Del
Florida Fla
Georgia Ga
Hawaii Hawaii
Idaho Idaho
Illinois Ill
Indiana Ind
Iowa Iowa
Kansas Kan
Kentucky Ky
Louisiana La
Maine Me
Maryland Md
Massachusetts Mass
Michigan Mich
Minnesota Minn
Mississippi Miss
Missouri Mo
Montana Mont
Nebraska Neb
Nevada Nev
New Hampshire N.H.
New Jersey N.J.
New Mexico N.M
New York N.Y.
North Carolina N.C.
North Dakota N.D.
Ohio Ohio
Oklahoma Okla
Oregon Or
Pennsylvania Pa
Rhode Island R.I.
South Carolina S.C.
South Dakota S.D
Tennessee Tenn
Texas Tex
Utah Utah
Vermont Vt
Virginia Va
Washington Wash
West Virginia W. Va.
Wisconson Wisc
Wyoming Wyo