Saugus History

The library has a variety of resources to assist in your search for local history. Our local history collection contains not only Town Reports, yearbooks and books about Saugus history, but also many other materials pertaining to the history of Saugus, some of which may be accessed online.

The library has a microfilm reader/printer and PC which allow scanning and e-mailing material from our Local History, and microfilm collections.

Looking beyond Saugus, the library also maintains a collection of materials on other Massachusetts towns.

There may be gaps in some areas; please feel free to call the Reference Department (781.231.4168)  before coming in. We will be happy to check availability.

The Saugus Public Library’s Digital Heritage Collection presents historical photographs and print materials relating to the history of our community. The Saugus collection is a part of NOBLE Digital Heritage, a project of the North of Boston Library Exchange, Inc. (NOBLE) and its member libraries, a collection of resources documenting the rich social and cultural history of its member communities.

The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library.The Saugus collection includes high school and middle school yearbooks, and documents such as Lists of Persons, Annual Reports and various Town documents. Try it!

For a glimpse of early Saugus history, try the 1915 book History of Saugus by Horace H. Atherton, Jr.

The clipping file contains news and stories about Saugus buildings, people and sites.

The library has Lists of Saugus Persons from 1793 to date. There are some gaps in the years.

The library has pamphlets and books about local landmarks such as the Saugus Ironworks, Pirates Cove and Dungeon Rock.

Did you know Saugus had an airport in the early 1900’s?

The library maintains a collection of historic maps of Essex County, Saugus, and surrounding towns, including the Sanborn Maps from 1907.

Remembrances of growing up and living in Saugus.

The library has microfilm of the Saugus Advertiser & the Boston Globe.
Advertiser 1877 – 2010 (there some gaps in coverage)
Boston Globe: 1988 – 2006