Historical Room Reference Books

The Historical room houses the following sets, which are available for viewing in the library.


  • Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War, v I-XVII
  • Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the Civil War, v I-VIII
  • Massachusetts in the Army and Navy, 1861-65, v1 & II
  • Records of the Massachusetts Militia in the War of 1812
  • War of the Rebellion, Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies
  • Shirley Veteran's Albums - Dedicated to the men and women that served our country in time of war or peace that came from Shirley and those who live here now or in the past. This project was financed by the Shirley American Legion Post 183.

Plymouth Colony Records:
vol I&II - 1633-1651
vol III&IV - 1651-1668
vol V - 1668-1678
vol VI - 1678-1691
vol VII - 1636-1692, Official Acts
vol VIII - 1633-1689, Miscellaneous Records
vol IX - 1613-1651, Acts of the Commissioner of the United Colonies of New England, v II
vol X - 1653-1676, Acts of the Commissioner of the United Colonies of New England, v II
vol XI - 1623-1682, Laws
vol XII - 1620-1697/8, Deeds &c. vol I Book of Indian Records for their Lands

Records of Massachusetts, 6 volumes, 1628-1686

Shirley Town Histories

Shirley Town Reports, 1895 - current

Shirley Volunteer, 1998 - current

Vital Records to 1850, we have more than 200 Massachusetts towns and cities. Call ahead to be sure we have what you are looking for.

Summer Reading

Build a Better World is our Summer Reading Theme

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Sign up at the library today, there is a program for all ages. Read books, magazines, listen to audiobooks, and earn raffle tickets for weekly and grand prizes.  The Ice cream social and Grand Finale will be held Thursday August 10 at 5:30 pm! The more you read, the more chances you have to win. Good luck, and we hope you will enjoy this summer's program!

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