About the Archives

You are welcome to visit the Archives during Open Hours or by making an appointment

The Archives are open every Tuesday morning from 9-11 am for walk-ins

Please note the guidelines for visiting the Archives, which can be found here

If you would like to visit the Archives outside of Open Hours, please make an Appointment Request with the Archivist. The digital collection is fully accessible online. If you have a research request that cannot be answered using our digital collection but you are unable to visit us in person, please fill out a Research Request form, found here. We will respond to requests in the order that they are submitted. The Archives processes donation inquiries only through the Archives Donation Inquiry form.

T he Glennon Archives is the repository for Woburn Public Library’s historical collections. Dr. Thomas J. Glennon (1903-1994) was a local historian and Library Trustee between 1947 and 1994. For nearly 145 years, the Archives has collected and preserved the history of Woburn. The Archive’s holdings include Woburn’s original printed copy of the Declaration of Independence, many Revolutionary and Civil War records, and a wealth of unpublished material documenting life in Woburn over the past 385 years.

There are three collections of books within the Archives: the Woburn Collection, consisting of titles related to Woburn’s history; the Local History Collection, which includes town and county histories, military histories, and genealogies from Massachusetts as a whole; and the Winn Collection, consisting of rare books collected by early Woburn libraries. The Winn Collection contains many first editions, collectible books, and signed copies.

Image of Main Street in Woburn from the Square, showing buildings, a street trolley car, and a horse drawn wagon.

Postcard image of Main Street in Woburn from the Square, early 1890s. WOB-12.

The Manuscript Collection includes personal papers, organizational records, and other original documents pertaining to Woburn history, organized in fourteen different categories. The Archives holds over 200 distinct manuscript collections. A guide to the Collections, the Classification Guide, can be found under Finding Aids. Finding Aids are added regularly.

The Photograph Collection consists of tens of thousands of historical photographs, spanning more than one hundred years of Woburn history, including the Patrick J. Farino Photograph Collection and the Dexter B. Johnson Photograph Collection.

The Museum Collection includes over one thousand objects from Woburn’s past, shedding light on everything from the early leather industry to the Civil War to famous Woburn citizens. Much of the Museum Collection can be viewed in the Historical Artifacts Room.

Physical collections are currently open to the public. There is no fee for accessing the Digital Collection.

The Glennon Archives holds a great deal of resources for Genealogy Research. The Archives also hosts the monthly meeting of the Woburn Genealogy Group.

Woburn Public Library resides on the lands and waterways originally belonging to the Naumkeag, Pawtucket, and Massachusett peoples. WPL acknowledges this history and the people who have stewarded this land though the generations, past and present.