Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215-3695
Note: Online catalog and research request form
Massachusetts Historical Society has some copies of the National Aegis, beginning in 1801 and ending in 1816. It also has a collection of materials of and by Isaiah Thomas.
The Museum of Printing
800 Massachusetts Avenue
North Andover, MA 01845
The Museum has hundreds of antique printing, typesetting and bindery machines, as well as a library of printing-related books and documents. It has one of the first two linotype machines ever made (the other is at the Smithsonian Institution). One of the presses at the Museum is the "hot press" which was used by the Millbury Journal and donated in 2005. The Millbury Journal was the last newspaper to use linotype in New England, and it used this machine until the paper closed in the early 21st Century.
Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
One of Old Sturbridge Village's buildings is a Printing Office, which was owned at one time by Isaiah Thomas, and was originally beside the County Court House in Worcester. Interpreters at the Village demonstrate printing techniques and equipment c. 1830s.
The Research Library at Old Sturbridge Village has seven notebooks compiled by Donald Smith, who was a museum curator and for many years was the master printer at the Printing Office at Old Sturbridge Village. These notebooks contain results of Mr. Smith's research on printers of Worcester County, including lists of printers, biographical information, some photocopies of their work, and other information. Books 1-3 have notes on printers in Worcester County, focusing especially on Worcester. The other four books contain notes on printers in Fitchburg; Harvard, Lancaster and Leicester; Leominster, Lunenberg, Mendon, Milford, Millbury and Rutland; and Southbridge, Sterling and Sutton.
Woods Memorial Library
19 Pleasant Street
Barre, MA 01005
The library has over one hundred years of issues of The Barre Gazette, the oldest continually running newspaper in Worcester County.
Princeton Historical Society
Goodnow Public Library
2 Town Hall Drive
Princeton, MA 01541
Historical Society open hours at the library Saturdays 10-12, or phone library Tues.-Sat. at 978-464-2115 and leave message for Historical Society.
The Princeton Historical Society has a large collection of bound issues of Laborer's Friend and Woman's Commonwealth. There is also some material about the Fay family, and photographs of Mrs. Fay and the Fay farmhouse.