Local History

Local History

Resources relating to the history and growth of Wilmington are housed in the library's local history collection. The collection also includes some family histories and genealogy resources. In addition, you may link to a brief history of the Hiller Family. Local history materials do not circulate. Copies of some of the titles are available in the circulating collection. The following list represents a selection of materials in the Local History Collection.

At the library

  • The Arthur T. Bond Collection, 1775-1930
    Under care of the Wilmington Historical Commission, this collection includes photographs, documents and artifacts relating to the history of Wilmington.
  • Town of Wilmington Annual Reports from 1830 to present day
  • Wilmington High School Yearbooks 1940, 1944-present (missing 1989)
  • Wilmington: Images of America by Paul Chalifour
  • Harnden Tavern Tales by Alice Hathaway Dillaway
  • Harnden Tavern by Kathleen Reynolds
  • Wilmington's 225th Anniversary: 1730-1955 by Larz Neilson
  • 250th Anniversary: Wilmington, MA 1730-1980 by Adele Passmore
  • Wilmington Scrapbook compiled by Mary Gowing Swain
  • Swain Survey of Wilmington Historic Sites compiled by Wilmington Historic Commission


  • Wilmington Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths from 1730-1898
  • Recently Updated (06/01/15)! Persons Listed by the Board of Registrars 1930-39, 1944-1949, 1969 to present 
  • Wilmington Minute Men 1776-1783: being a list of men of the Seventh Wilmington Company, Second Middlesex Militia Regiment of Foot who had served during the Revolution
  • The Gowing Family in America
  • Life of Asa G. Sheldon: Wilmington Farmer
  • Genealogy of the Buck Family
  • The Genealogical Registry of the Butters Family
  • Hallock Genealogy: an attempt to tabulate and set in order the numerous descendants of Peter Hallock
  • A History of the Jaquith Family in America
  • Lars' and Dorthe's Kith and Kin by Sylvia Neilson