The Freel Library, located on the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts main campus, houses special collections which offer a range of ledgers and logs of day to day business dealings of the North Adams’ economy from the mid eighteen hundreds through the early to mid nineteen hundreds.It does not seem like they have a lot to offer in the way of personal information about the cities population however. Once we are actually able to sift and search through the records in person we may find something fruitful though. The North Adams Public library seems to have many good sources that we can use to narrow down our topic on interest. So far it seems to be likely that we will focus our attention on the inhabitants of North Adams during the civil war and the turn of the century. The Census Bureau also has very helpful records depicting the ethnicity’s of those who called Berkshire County home from 1790 until today. This might prove to be very helpful in determining which migration group we will dive deeper into looking at.
North Adams does have a Historical Society, which one of our very one professors in connected with so we will use not only the society but him as well for information. The Historical Society founded a museum in the late nineteen eighties which displays many exhibits on the how the industrial revolution played such a huge role in the success of North Adams and how it continues to shape everyday life. They do not seem to have many resources or archives online but once again going through their tangible collection will certainly aid in our research. The museum is open Thursday through Sunday in the afternoons through October so it is a perfect place to start. Online archives will most likely also provide a large amount of information for us to gather.