LOCAL HISTORY RESOURCES - Local Historical Resources

Local  & Regional History

Essex County Region of Lower Merrimack River Valley, Massachusetts, USA

Socio-Economic History

Labaree, Benjamin W.; “Patriots & Partisans: The Merchants of Newburyport (1764-1815)”, Harvard University Press, MA, 1962.


Thernstrom, Stephan; “Poverty & Progress”, Harvard University Press, MA, 1964.


Merrimack River History


Newburyport and the Merrimack, Peter E. Randall, Down East Books, Camden, ME, 1981


The History of the Marine Society of Newburyport, MA


Maritime History of the Merrimac: Shipbuilding, Robert K. Cheney, Newburyport Press, Inc., 1964


The Merrimack, Raymond P. Holden, Rinehart & Co., Inc., NY, 1958


Mariner Cheney, My Dad, Harriet Cheney Nealand-Staley, Newburyport Press, Inc., 1992

Revolutionary War Era


Hamilton, Edith; “When Tyranny Trembled”, Dorrance & Co., Philadelphia, PA, 1974.


Marquand, John P.; “Lord Timothy Dexter of Newburyport, Mass.”, Minton, Balch & Co., NY, 1925.



Civil War Era


O’Connor, Thomas H.; “Civil War Boston: Home Front & Battlefield”, Northeastern University Press, Boston, 1997.


Mayer, Henry; “All On Fire: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery”, St. Martin’s Griffin, NY, 1998.


Woodwell, Roland H.; “John Greenleaf Whittier: A Biography”, DBL Commercial Printers, Haverhill, MA, 1985.


Pullen, John J.; “A Shower of Stars” (The story of the Medal of Honor and the 27th ME Vol. Rgt.)


Horwitz, Tony; “Confederates in the Attic”, Vintage Books, NY, 1999.



Seafaring / Fishing


Philbrick, Nathaniel; “In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex”, Penguin Putnam Press, NY, 2000.


Kurlansky, Mark; “Cod”, Penguin Books, NY, 1997.