Resources include maps, genealogies, family records, architectural plans, house histories, yearbooks, street directories, and transcripts of town meetings, beginning in 1656.
Subjects include family gatherings, historic home and buildings, school graduations, natural disasters, town organization, parades, and many more.
The Society’s photography collection contains over 10,000 photographs and continues to grow. Images of Andover’s development from the late 1840s to the present include family portraits, holiday events, sport clubs, businesses, parades, class photos, mill workers, and many other subjects.
Genealogy and Local History
Published and non-published sources of Andover families make this a valuable genealogy center in New England. The Charlotte Helen Abbott Collection contains her works from 1853 to 1920 and is the beginning for any search. Church records, cemetery inventories and family files round out the collection. We have extensive records on the Abbott, Chandler, Foster, Bailey, Jenkins, Carrier, Wardwell, Peters, Holt, Osgood, Frye, Ames and Poor families.
Scholars and people interested in local history come to our research center to learn about a wide variety of topics, including
Martha Carrier and Andover’s role in the Salem Witch Trials
The Anti-Slavery Movement
Andover During the Civil War
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Early settlement of Andover
Andover Theological Seminary
Architectural history & how to research “my” old house
William Wood and the Development of Shawsheen Village
Black History, especially Salem Poor and others who served in Revolutionary War
Andover Village Improvement Society
If you are unable to come in person, you may submit a research request. Please send a detailed written request to:
How you can help
Currently, a project is underway to digitize and catalogue the entire collection to both protect the original photographs and, at the same time, make then more accessible to researchers. If you are interested in volunteering to help with this project, please call 978-475-2236 or email