At its founding in 1971 one of the Society's first objectives was to establish a repository for documents pertaining to the Boston & Maine Railroad and other New England railroads. At first, all materials were stored in members' homes and centralized access was not possible. Later, a small amount of material was stored in limited space at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. In June l978, a formal agreement was made between the Society and the University of Lowell providing for the establishment of the B&MRRHS Archives in the Special Collections Department at the University's Alumni Lydon Library. This permitted the consolidation of material that had been previously stored at temporary locations and enabled us to begin cataloging the collection.
In December 1988, the Archives moved into the University’s Center for Lowell History in the new Patrick Mogan Cultural Center. The building was constructed by the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission with funding from the National Park Service. The University of Lowell entered into a long-term lease for space in the building. This building provides an area of about 900 square feet for the B&MRRHS Archives. In the fall of 1991 the University of Lowell became the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The University provides space, security, and access to the collection. Processing of materials is done by volunteer members of the Society’s Archives Committee. All B&MRRHS Archives material in the Center for Lowell History is the property of the Society.
The collection is available for use by all researchers, whether or not members of the Society. The CLH staff will provide general assistance. More specific requests for information may be directed to the B&MRRHS Archives Committee Chairman.
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The Archives are currently open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. We urge intending visitors to call the Center for Lowell History, 978-934-4998 to confirm hours.