Oxford History

Please feel free to visit the library for any information on the history of Oxford! For the most information, be sure to check out our Local History Room in the original 1903 section of the building!
 

18th & 19th Century Oxford Documents

Funded by the Janet Malser Humanities Trust

The Oxford Public Library and the General Ebenezer Learned D.A.R. of Oxford worked together to write a grant from the Janet Malser Humanities Trust to conserve 8 Oxford historical documents from the 18th and 19th century. These documents included:

1. Baron Wallworth’s Letter of Promotion to Rank of Lieutenant in the “Luck” Regiment March 28, 1779. / Transcription

2. Health Certification for Arthur Humphrey and Marven Moore from Dr. Daniel Fisk Jan. 2, 1777.

3. Ledger Entries from 1790Jacob Barrel Account / Jacob Barrel Transcription / Contra Credit Account

4. Announcing to Major Huntington of Appointment as Paymaster Dec. 25, 1776.

5. Town Receipt from Worcester to Oxford Nov. 7, 1814.

6. Oration Delivered at Oxford on the 46th Anniversary of American Independence.  By Ira Barton (25 pages). 
Printed by Hilliard & Metcalf, of Cambridge 1822: (Please click a link below to view)
 
Title Page Page 3 Page 4 & 5 Page 6 & 7 Page 8 & 9  Page 10 & 11
Page 14 & 15 Page 16 & 17 Page 18 & 19 Page 20 & 21 Page 22 & 23 Page 24
 

7. Framed Article “Presentation of Colors to the Oxford Invincibles” Sept. 13, 1824 from the Massachusetts Spy, Dec. 23, 1824.

8. Company Roll of Captain Thomas Meriam, Company of Infantry. (Please click an image below to view)
 
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*The restoration, preservation and digitizing was done by the Green Dragon Bindery in Shrewsbury, MA. 

 

Oxford History Museum

The Oxford Library Museum is located in the basement of the library. This museum holds artifacts from the history of Oxford. We have spinning wheels, kitchen gadgets, and civil war artifacts. Tours of the museum are given only on appointment.

To make an appointment to see the museum, please call: 
(508) 987-6003 x221 for the Adult Circulation Desk.
 


Oxford Memories

Visit the website here!


View even more historical Oxford photos below!
All photos below are part of the Oxford Free Public Library's collection, located in the Board of Trustees Room.  All photos were voluntarilly scanned by Earl Holmberg.  Thank you, Earl!

Oxford Advertisements and Announcements
Oxford Civil War Photos
Oxford Documents
Oxford Homes
Oxford Mills
Oxford Miscellaneous
Oxford Panoramas
Oxford Parades
Oxford Town Center
Oxford Transportation
People of Oxford
Glass Negatives

Clara Barton

Clara Barton

Clara Barton was born on Christmas Day, 1821, in Oxford, Massachusetts.

The Library holds a small collection of Clara Barton memorabilia and sources, however the Clara Barton Birthplace and Museum is one’s best option on doing more research on Ms. Barton. The non-circulating collection of Clara Barton books is located in our Local History room in the front part of the building. The room is open to the public.

The following are volumes the OXPL has in possession:
Non-Circulating:

The Life of Clara Barton by Percy H. Epler, 1915                                                    
Ancestors of Clara Barton by Charles V. Waid, 2002                                              
The Red Cross in Peace and War by Clara Barton, 1899                                        
Clara Barton: Professional Angel by Elizabeth Brown Pryor, 1987                          
Clara Barton: Daughter of Destiny by Blanche Colton Williams, 1941                    
The Life of Clara Barton in 2 Volumes by William E. Barton (Vols. 1 and 2), 1922  
Clara Barton: Humanitarian by Corra Bacon-Foster, 1918                                      
The Story of my Childhood by Clara Barton, 1907


 


Huguenots


The library has print materials and informational pamphlets available for more information about the Huguenots, as well as a diorama of the fort for display.

National Huguenot SocietyIncludes a listing of documented Huguenots ancestors, historical information, membership information, book reviews and a list of books and publications.

Cyndi’s List– This is a categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources online.

The Huguenot Society of America -They have a essay on the history of the Huguenots and their contributions to colonial America.

Even more information is provided by The Huguenot Memorial Society of Oxford, Inc., which was organized in June of 1881.  Check out their website for more information, documents, and upcoming events!