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Abstract

The Hampshire Council of Governments is a voluntary association of cities and towns and the successor to the former government of Hampshire County, Massachusetts, that was abolished in 1999. A body politic and corporate, its charter ratified by Massachusetts General Law 34B, S20(b), the Council oversees roadways, the electricity supply, building inspection, tobacco control, cooperative purchasing, and other services for member communities.

The Hampshire Council collection contains a dense record of county-level governance in western Massachusetts from the colonial period through the mid-twentieth century with extensive documentation of the actions of the County Commissioners, and before them the Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions. Rich in documenting the development of the transportation infrastructure of western Massachusetts, the collection offers detailed information associated with the planning and construction of highways, canals, ferries, and railroads, but the early records offer a broad perspective on the evolution of the legal and cultural environment, touching on issues from disorderly conduct (e.g., fornication, Sabbath breaking) to the settlement of estates, local governance, public works, and politics.

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Hampshire Council of Governments Records
1677-1961
90 vols., 17 boxes (80 linear foot)
Call no.: MS 704
Background on Hampshire Council of Governments
Titlepage, vol. 1

Titlepage, vol. 1

From the mid-1630s, European settlement of western Massachusetts progressed northward up the Connecticut River Valley, spreading gradually to the east and west. Under the authority of the General Court in Boston, Hampshire County was established in 1662 with courthouses in the two largest settlements, Springfield and Northampton, assuming jurisdiction over most of the current-day Commonwealth west of Worcester. Civil authority was administered through a three-tiered system in which magistrates (later justices of the peace) dispensed justice at the local level, above which sat a system of county-level courts and the General Court and Court of Assistants in Boston (later the Governor and Council).

County-level courts bore much of the responsibility for regional administration, ranging from laying out highways, roads, ferries, dams, and bridges to licensing taverns, inns, and retailers; keeping jails; and maintaining local order. Civil suits exceeding 40 shillings but less than ten pounds were heard in the Inferior Court of Common Pleas, while the Court of General Sessions, composed of a quorum of local justices, heard most non-capital criminal cases. For more serious crimes, including capital offences, cases were referred to the Superior Court of Judicature, a circuit court established in 1692 that met in each county as designated by the legislature.

As the population of western Massachusetts increased, Hampshire County was divided several times into smaller, more manageable bodies. The eastern part was separated out as Worcester County by act of the legislature on April 2, 1731, followed by the separation of the west into Berkshire County on April 21, 1761. Sandwiched in between Worcester and Berkshire, the remains of Hampshire County were further divided horizontally into thirds, with the northern portion becoming Franklin County (June 24, 1811) and the southern, Hampden County (Feb. 25, 1812) in which Springfield served as county seat.

The political evolution of the Commonwealth led to other changes in the system of county courts and administration, particularly after the state constitution of 1780 mandated a complete separation of legislative, judicial, and executive functions. In 1821, Massachusetts established a state-wide Court of Common Pleas and within three years, all judicial powers of the Court of General Sessions were transferred to that Court and the administrative powers were delegated to a newly created body of County Commissioners and Commissioners of Highways. After the Court of General Sessions was abolished in 1827, the County Commissioners in Hampshire County assumed responsibility for the administrative functions of the General Sessions as well. Ultimately, the Court of Common Pleas was abolished altogether during further reorganization in 1859, with most of its trial functions delegated to the new, state-wide Superior Court.

By the last decade of the twentieth century, many county governments had become little more than vestiges of their former selves, with judicial and administrative functions having been absorbed by operations of the towns or by the state government. When Middlesex County reached a point of near insolvency in June 1997 and dissolved, it set off a period of three years in which eight of the fourteen county governments in Massachusetts were laid down and others were substantially reorganized.

Hampshire County was officially abolished on Jan. 1, 1999, and many of its responsibilities were reorganized under the Hampshire Council of Governments as a voluntary association of cities and towns. Chartered under Massachusetts General Law 34B, S20(b), the Hampshire Council is a body politic and corporate that oversees basic services for its member communities, including roadways, the electricity supply, building inspection, tobacco control, and cooperative purchasing.

Contents of Collection

The Hampshire Council collection contains a dense record of county-level governance in western Massachusetts from the colonial period through the mid-twentieth century with extensive documentation of the actions of the County Commissioners, and before them the Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions. Rich in documenting the development of the transportation infrastructure of western Massachusetts, the collection offers detailed information associated with the planning and construction of highways, canals, ferries, and railroads, but the early records offer a broad perspective on the evolution of the legal and cultural environment, touching on issues from disorderly conduct (e.g., fornication, Sabbath breaking) to the settlement of estates, local governance, public works, and politics. Because of the intensely local nature of the records, the collection offers some insight into the daily lives of women as well as men, Native Americans and African Americans as well as whites, rich and poor, and urban and rural.

The collection is divided into four series: County Commissioners and Court Records, Dockets, Maps and Plans, and Microfilm. This finding aid contains only a preliminary listing of contents and will be added to as processing progresses. As materials are digitized, we will provide links to the online records through the inventory below.

Series descriptions

The records of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas, the Court of General Sessions for the Peace, and the Hampshire County Commissioners are a remarkable, continuous record of county-level governance in western Massachusetts for nearly three centuries. Until 1812, Hampshire County administered most of the western half of the Commonwealth, and the records are consequently broad, geographically and culturally. Beginning shortly after the end of King Phillips War, they document the establishment of political and cultural order during the late 17th century, the period of the Second Great Awakening, the Revolution, Shays Rebellion, and War of 1812. The content relates to all aspects of the operations of county-level administration, including licensure, building roads and infrastructure, and in early years, the record books document civil and occasionally criminal infractions.

Until 1828, each bound volume contains the interspersed records of meetings of both the Court of General Sessions and Inferior Court of Common Pleas. When the Courts of General Sessions were abolished in Feb. 26, 1828, the corresponding volume records that the legislature "transferred the powers and duties lately rested in and exercised by" that court to the newly formed County Commissioners, and from that point onward, the volumes are restricted to the Hampshire County Commissioners, and are correspondingly narrower in scope.

1677-1961
17 boxes

The dockets are comprised of filings relating to proceedings documented in the record books (Series 1). Consisting primarily, though not exclusively, of original letters and associated documents, these often provide greater detail than the record books. Overwhelmingly, the dockets center on road construction in the early years.

The County Commissioners maintained working maps of the towns and counties to document the creation, extension, relocation, alteration, or discontinuance of county roads through the various towns, as well as similar maps for railroad routes (including lands taken and location of route), dams, and bridges. Each proposed action was accompanied by a map documenting the changes, usually a relatively detailed technical drawing with little embellishment. The Commissioners also maintained commercial maps and atlases of the county and towns.

The vast majority of maps in the series date from the mid- to late-twentieth century, however most of the railroad maps correspond to an earlier period of expansion and extend back as far as the establishment of the first rail lines through the region. Dams and bridges are less well documented, although a series of reports on dam inspections between the 1920s and 1950s include valuable detail. A few items in the series are worthy of particular note, including a broadside proclamation from Governor James Bowdoin, Feb. 17, 1787, regarding persons who had been disqualified for taking part in Shays Rebellion; an early atlas containing manuscript maps of county highways (1759-1838); and two volumes relating to the reconstruction of Williamsburg after the Mill River flood of 1874, the Plan for a Proposed Dam at the Williamsburg Reservoir and Williamsburg Road Plans.

Most of the maps are tightly rolled and many are in poor condition, embrittled, and often torn and chipped. All require special care in handling.

1839-1969
116 reels

In addition to microfilm of the volumes comprising Series 1, the collection includes microfilm of materials held elsewhere. Included are indexes to the county records, records of civil actions in the Superior Court (1856-1908), records of the Supreme Judicial Court (1797-1954), the Registry of Probate (1660-1820), a small sampling of records from the Registry of Deeds (1859-1860), and naturalization records (1849-1934).

The records appear to have been filmed on more than one occasion and duplicate reels have not been inventoried.

Collection inventory
Series 1. County Commissioners and Court Record Books
1677-1961
Court of General Sessions and Inferior Court of Common Pleas Records
1677-1837
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace. Vol. 19 not scanned due to fragility of original

Cab. 10

Includes lists of writs of execution, 1715-1764, pp.1-80.

County Commissioners Records
1837-1961
County Commissioners Records, Vol. 27
1961-1965
County Commissioners Records, Vol. 28
1965-1969
County Commissioners Records, Vol. 29
1969-1975
Series 2. Dockets
1677-1984
Hampshire County Dockets (loose-leaf)
1677-1961
Box 1
Hampshire County Dockets
Box 1
Hampshire County Dockets
Box 2
Hampshire County Dockets
Box 3
Hampshire County Dockets
Box 4
Hampshire County Dockets
Box 5
Hampshire County Dockets
Box 6
Hampshire County Dockets
Box 7
Hampshire County Dockets
Box 8
Hampshire County Dockets
Box 9
Hampshire County Dockets
Box 10
Hampshire County Dockets
Box 11
Hampshire County Dockets
Box 12
Hampshire County Dockets
Box 13
Hampshire County Dockets
Box 14
Hampshire County Dockets
Box 15
Hampshire County Dockets
Box 16
Dockets
Box 17
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1825-1988
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1825-1841
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1841-1846
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1847-1852
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1853-1858
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1859-1865
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1866-1870
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1871-1874
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1875-
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1878-1884
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1885-1889
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1890-1894
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1895-1899
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1900-1903
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1904
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1905
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1906
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1907
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1908
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1909
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1910
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1911
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1912
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1913
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1914
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1915
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1916
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1917
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1918
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1919
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1919
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1922-1924
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1925-1926
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1927-1929
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1930-1932
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1933-1936
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1936-1938
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1938-1940
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1940-1943
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1943 Mar.-1946 Mar.
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1943 Mar.-1949 Mar.
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1949 Mar.-1951 Mar.
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1951 Mar.-1954 Mar.
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1954 Mar.-1956 Sept.
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1956 Sept.-1958 Sept.
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1958 Sept.-1960 (inc.)
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1960 June-1962 June
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1962 June-1964 June
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1964 June-1966 June
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1966 June-1968 Mar.
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1968 Sept.-1970 June
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1970 Sept.-1973 Mar.
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1973 Mar.-1976 June
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1976 Sept.-1979 June
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1979 Sept.-1981 Dec.
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1982 Mar.-1984 Dec.
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1985 Mar.-1986 Dec.
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' Dockets (bound)
1987 Mar.-1988 Dec.
Du Bois Room
Series 3. Maps and Miscellaneous Materials
1839-1969
Atlases
1870-1969
11 titles
Highway Plans, County of Hampshire, vol. 1
1759-1838
Du Bois Room

Manuscript maps depicting early roads in Hampshire County. Labeled vol. 1 (all that is present).

Atlas of Hampden County (Beers, 1870)
Cab. 1:6
Atlas of Hampshire County (Beers, 1873), rebound
1873
2 copies
Cab. 1:11
Atlas of Hampshire County (Beers, 1873). Note: poor condition, use rebound copies
1873
2 copies
Cab. 1:6
Atlas of Massachusetts (Walker, 1891)
1891
Cab. 8: top
Atlas of Northampton and Easthampton
1895
Cab. 8: top
Atlas of Northampton City
1884
Cab. 8: top
Atlas of Surveys, Hampden County, Massachusetts (Richards, 1894)
1894
Cab. 8: top
Atlas of the Boundaries...
1912-1915
4 vols.
Cab. 8: top
County Roads in Hampshire County (one copy with blueprints laid in)
1922
3 copies
Cab. 8: top
Guyot, Arnold, Johnson's New Illustrated Family Atlas of the World
1882
Cab. 8: top
Town Atlas, Town of Amherst, Massachusetts
1969
Cab. 1:11
Bridges, Buildings, and Dams
1870-1969
11 titles
Bridges
2 drawers
Cab. 1
Dam data
Cab. 6
Dams (Amherst, Belchertown, Chesterfield, Cummington, Easthampton, Goshen, Granby, Hadley, Hatfield)
Cab. 6
Dams (Holyoke, Huntington, Middlefield, Northampton)
Cab. 6
Dams (South Hadley)
Cab. 6
Dams (Southampton)
Cab. 6
Dams (Ware, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Worthington)
Cab. 6
Plan for a Proposed Dam at the Williamsburg Reservoir
1875
Cab. 8: top
Plans of the Parish House, Pliny Earle, Northampton
ca.1865
Cab. 8: top
United States Geological Survey topographical maps
Cab. 8: top
Williamsburg Road Plans
1874
Cab. 8: top
Reports on County Dams: Federal Communications Commission Rules and Regulations
1961
Cab. 8: box 1
Reports on County Dams: Inspection Reports on the Tighe-Carmody Reservoir of the Holyoke Water Works in Southampton
1963-1968
Cab. 8: box 1
Reports on County Dams
1924-1928
Cab. 8: box 1
Reports on County Dams
1928-1954
Cab. 8: box 1
Reports on County Dams
1955-1956
Cab. 8: box 1
Reports on County Dams
1957-1958
Cab. 8: box 1
Reports on County Dams
1959-1960
Cab. 8: box 2
Reports on County Dams
1961-1962
Cab. 8: box 2
Reports on County Dams
1963-1965
Cab. 8: box 2
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by his Excellency James Bowdoin, Esq., Governour of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, A Proclamation
1787 Feb. 17
Broadside

Evans 20501. "Whereas by an act passed the sixteenth of February instant, entitled, 'An act describing the disqualifications, to which persons shall be subjected, which have been, or may be guilty of treason ... and to whom a pardon may be extended'... Given at the council chamber in Boston, this seventeenth day of February ... one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven."

Highways, Roads, and Towns
1730-1947
Road indexes
1730-1902
Du Bois Room
Road table: Index
1829
Mss
Du Bois Room
General orders to the County Commissioners records for highway locations [index to county roads]
Du Bois Room
Index to highway alterations
1860-1902
Du Bois Room
County Highways: Amherst
Cab. 2
County Highways: Belchertown
Cab. 2
County Highways: Chesterfield, Cummington
Cab. 2
County Highways: County buildings (empty)
Cab. 4
County Highways: County buildings 2
Cab. 4
County Highways: Easthampton, Enfield
Cab. 2
County Highways: Goshen, Granby, Greenwich
Cab. 2
County Highways: Hadley
Cab. 2
County Highways: Hatfield
1859-1976
35 items
Cab. 3
Hatfield: Alteration, relocation, or discontinuance of portions of Prospect St. and No. Hatfield Road, King Street, and Straits road
1973 May 18
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Depot Road
1972 Mar. 31
4 sheets
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Discontinuance of portion Prospect St. extension (formerly Pleasant St.)
1970 Oct. 09
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Dwight Street
1974 Nov. 22
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Elm Street
1924 July 01
3 sheets
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Elm Street
1924 July 01
3 sheets, blueprint
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Layout of Elm and Maple Street Bridge
1951 Feb. 20
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Layout, relocation, alteration, or discontinuance of Linseed Road (including Linseed Hill Road)
1972 May 18
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Map of section of streets between railroad and Conn. River
1870
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Mountain Road layout
1952 July 03
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Mountain Street (plan and description of taking)
1952 Aug. 15
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: No. 7 North Street
1914 Nov. 20
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Plan of Bridge Street
1927 Nov. 30
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Plan of Great Pond Road
1941 July 26
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Plan of Jericho Road
1949 Apr. 25
2 sheets, blueprint
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Plan of location of Indian Hollow Road
1937 Oct. 01
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Plan of location of Little Ponsett Road
1938 Feb. 19
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Plan of location of Little Ponsett Road
1938 Feb. 19
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Plan of location of Scotland Road
1938 Oct. 21
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Plan of portion of Prospect Street
1940 July 01
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Plan of road opposite the residence of Melchior Kulesza on North Street
1940 July 01
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Proposed grade crossing at the NY, NH, and H RR on West Street
1940 Jan. 11
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Proposed relocation of highway near Pine Bridge
1902 Jan. 11
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Prospect Street... from Station 47 to 81+33.19...
1975 June 20
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Prospect Street
1975 Nov. 12
4 sheets
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Prospect, Bridge Street, and School Street
1976 July 23
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Relocation or alteration of Chestnut Street
1966 Aug. 19
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Relocation or alteration of King Street
1968 July 12
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: School Street Sta. 24+0 to Sta. 43+54.13
1967 June 06
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Selectmen of Hatfield petition for the alteration of Chestnut Street at School Street
1967 Jan. 18
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Selectmen petition for the layout, relocation, alteration, or discontinuance of Bridge Street
1974 Nov. 22
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: South Street beginning at intersection of Main Street and Bridge Lane
1969 Aug. 04
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Straits Road (establishment of the boundaries)
1973 June 05
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Third division of commons (this plan shows Mill River Swamp Highway and Sandy Hill)
1859
Cab. 3(a)
Hatfield: Unidentified (Cowles and Porter property on Hubbard line
undated
Cab. 3(a)
County Highways: Huntington, Middlefield
1901-1982
22 items
Cab. 3
Huntington: Bromley Road, Station 37+50 to Station 56+0
1967 July 05
Cab. 3(b)
Huntington: From town line of Russell in County of Hampden to town line of Chester in county of Hampden
1905 Apr. 01
Blueprint
Cab. 3(b)
Huntington: Goss Hill Road
1963 Dec. 06
Cab. 3(b)
Huntington: Huntington sheets (fragmentary)
ca.1920
Cab. 3(b)
Huntington: Huntington sheets 8 and 9
1920 July 31
Cab. 3(b)
Huntington: Layout of State Highway on the Huntington-Worthington Road (also called River Road)
1945 Aug. 06
Cab. 3(b)
Huntington: Montgomery Road
1959 Oct. 30
Cab. 3(b)
Huntington: Park Street, Huntington. Layout, relocation, alteration or discontinuance of a portion of Park Street...
1986 Dec. 12
Cab. 3(b)
Huntington: Plan and profile of proposed highway
1919 July 09
Blueprint
Cab. 3(b)
Huntington: Plan North Chester Road
1964 Mar. 27
Cab. 3(b)
Huntington: Plan of a road in the town of Huntington
1959-01
Cab. 3(b)
Huntington: Plan of County Road
1962 Feb. 15
Cab. 3(b)
Huntington: Plan of Road
1920 July 31
13 sheets, blueprint
Cab. 3(b)
Huntington: Plan of Searles and County roads
1962 Feb. 15
Cab. 3(b)
Huntington: Plan of Searles and County roads
1961 Feb. 01
Cab. 3(b)
Huntington: Plan showing boundary lines of a highway in Huntington leading from State Highway at lower end of town park
1982 Sept. 14
Cab. 3(b)
Huntington: Right of way to Norwich Lake as provided for by Chapter 254 of the Acts of 1955
1957 Dec. 13
Cab. 3(b)
Huntington: State highway in Huntington
1916 Aug. 19
25 sheets, blueprint
Cab. 3(b)
Huntington: Unidentified county road
ca.1916
29 sheets, blueprint
Cab. 3(b)
Middlefield: Middlefield Highway
1901 July 01
Cab. 3(b)
Middlefield: Plan and elevation for a dam on Coles Brook for Virginia Lakeshore, Inc.
1958 Aug. 26
Cab. 3(b)
Middlefield: Plan of proposed alterations in crossing of highway and railroad in Middlefield
1912 Jan. 01
Cab. 3(b)
County Highways: Miscellaneous 1
Cab. 4
County Highways: Miscellaneous 2
Cab. 4
County Highways: Northampton
Cab. 3
County Highways: Pelham, Plainfield, Southampton
Cab. 3
County Highways: South Hadley
Cab. 3
County Highways: Ware, Westhampton
Cab. 3
County Highways: Williamsburg
Cab. 4
County Highways: Worthington
Cab. 4
Misc. maps, not inventoried
Cab. 7
State Highways: Amherst, Belchertown, Pelham
Cab. 5
State Highways: Chesterfield, Cummington, Easthampton, Goshen
Cab. 5
State Highways: Granby, Hadley, Hatfield
Cab. 5
State Highways: Huntington, Pelham, Plainfield, South Hadley
Cab. 5
State Highways: Northampton
Cab. 5
State Highways: Southampton, Ware, Williamsburg, Worthington
Cab. 5
Railroad Atlases
1839-1947
20 volumes
Hampshire Railroad docket
1839-1947
Cab. 8: top
Railroad grade crossings blueprints
Cab. 1:7
Athol and Enfield Railroad: Plans of the Locations of the Athol and Enfield Railroad in Hampshire County
1873
Cab. 1:8
Boston and Albany Railroad: Land taken for railroad purposes in the County of Hampshire
1897
Cab. 1:8
Boston and Maine Railroad:
Locations by the Boston and Maine Railroad of lands taken in Hampshire County, 1897
Locations by the Boston and Maine Railroad of lands taken in Hampshire County, part 2
1897
Cab. 1:9
Central Massachusetts Railroad Company: Central Massachusetts Railroad Company: Location in Hampshire County, Book 1
1886
Cab. 1:3
Central Massachusetts Railroad Company: Central Massachusetts Railroad Company Location in Hampshire County, Book 2
1887
Cab. 1:3
Central Massachusetts Railroad Company: Grade crossings
1897
Cab. 1:12
Central Massachusetts Railroad Company:
Land taken in... Northampton, 1888
Plan of a branch to the mills of the Otis Company in Ware, 1890
Locations by the Central Massachusetts Railroad of lands in Hampshire County, 1897
1888-1897
Cab. 1:7
Connecticut River Railroad:
From the depot grounds in Northampton to the line of the County of Franklin, Oct. 1846
Locations by the Connecticut River Railroad Company of Lands in Hampshire County, 1896
1847, 1896
Cab. 1:1
Hampden Railroad: Plan of the location of the Hampden Railroad in the County of Hampshire, Massachusetts, through the town of Belchertown
1911
Cab. 1:10
Hampshire and Franklin Railroad: Plan of the Location of the Hampshire and Franklin Railroad through Hampshire County
1847
Cab. 1:3
Massachusetts Central Railroad: Location in Hampshire County, Mass.
1881
Cab. 1:2
Mt. Holyoke Railroad and Mt. Tom and Easthampton Railroad:
Location of the Mt. Holyoke Railroad through the County of Hampshire, 1847
Location map, Mt. Tom and East Hampton Railroad, 1871
1847-1871
Cab. 1:8
New Haven and Northampton Company: Location maps of the New Haven and Northampton Co. Hampshire County, Massachusetts
1880
Cab. 1:10
New Haven and Northampton Company: Location of lands of the New Haven and Northampton Company, County of Hampshire, Mass.
1896
Cab. 1:9
New Haven and Northampton Company:
Location of Hampshire and Hampden Railroad, Hampshire County, 1854
Location of Hampshire and Hampden Railroad, 1856
Location of railroad, Northampton and Williamsburg, 1865
Location of branch track at Haydenville, 1875 July
1854-1875
Cab. 1:9
New London Northern Railroad:
Location of the New London Northern Railroad in Hampshire County, 1865
Location of the New London Northern Railroad in Hampshire Co, 1866
New London Railroad in Hampshire County, Mass, 1880
1865-1880
Cab. 1:7
Northampton and Shelburne Falls Railroad and Northampton and Springfield Railroad:
Northampton and Shelburne Falls Railroad, map of location of the first division from the Hampshire and Hampden Railroad in Northampton to a point in the town of Williamsburg, 1862
Northampton and Springfield Railroad location in Hampshire County, no 1-3, 1845
Northampton and Springfield Railroad location in Hampshire County, 1845
1845-1862
Cab. 1:10
Ware River Railroad:
Land taken for railroad purposes in the County of Hampshire
Location of the Ware River Railroad, Hampshire County, 1869
Location of the Western Rail-Road in the County of Hampshire, 1839
1839-1864
Cab. 1:4
Miscellaneous materials
1820-1971
Compilation of laws relating to counties and County Commissioners. Boston : Wright & Potter
1911
2 copies
Du Bois Room
County Commissioners' annual report upon the affairs of the County of Hampshire, vol. 1-13. Boston
1897-1909
Du Bois Room
Lyman, Levi: Census: Number of persons within my division of the towns of Northampton, Southampton, Easthampton, Westhampton...
1820 Nov. 22
Du Bois Room
Massachusetts Register for the year.... Boston : George Adams
1855
Du Bois Room
Mount Tom Reservation Record books
1922-1971
Du Bois Room
Mount Tom Reservation Record book, vol. 1
1922-1942
Mount Tom Reservation Record book, vol. 2
1943-1971
Northampton: Plan of center of town, with Mansion House, Town Hall, and Court House
ca.1860
Rolled
Du Bois Room
Series 4. Microfilm
1839-1969
Hampshire County (Mass.). Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of Sessions Indexes
Undated
33 reels
Unidentified reel

Cab. 9 (1): 1
Unidentified reel

Cab. 9 (1): 2
Superior Court, Hampshire County: Divorce Records index, Supreme Judicial Court, alphabetical list A-end (1812-1887); Inferior Court of Commons Pleas Court of Sessions, Index cards A-Z continues on reels 2-20 (1677-1815)

Cab. 9 (1): 3
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of Sessions: Alsop, Richard-Beers, Ephraim

Cab. 9 (1): 4
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of Sessions: Beers, Ephraim-Bullard, John

Cab. 9 (1): 5
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of Sessions: Bullard, John-Calrk, Nathan

Cab. 9 (1): 6
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of Sessions: Clark, Nathan-Davenport, Charles

Cab. 9 (1): 7
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of Sessions: Davenport, Charles-Elliot, John

Cab. 9 (1): 8
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of Sessions: Elliot, John-Gaylord, William

Cab. 9 (1): 9
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of Sessions: Gaylord, William-Hastings, Thomas

Cab. 9 (1): 10
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of Sessions: Ingersoll, John-Leach, Asa

Cab. 9 (1): 11
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of Sessions: Ingersoll, John-Leach, Asa

Cab. 9 (1): 12
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of Sessions: Leach, Asa-McClellan, Hugh

Cab. 9 (1): 13
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of Sessions: McClellan, Hugh-ewhall, Joseph

Cab. 9 (1): 14
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of Sessions: Newhall, Joseph-Phelps, Hezekiah

Cab. 9 (1): 15
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of Sessions: Phelps, Hezekiah-Rising, Rayner

Cab. 9 (1): 16
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of Sessions: Rising, Rayner-ikes, Joseph

Cab. 9 (1): 17
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of Sessions: Sikes, Joseph-Stow, Eliakim

Cab. 9 (1): 18
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of Sessions: Stow, Eliakim-Ward, Isaac

Cab. 9 (1): 19
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of Sessions: Ward, Isaac-Williston, Joseph

Cab. 9 (1): 20
Inferior Court of Common Pleas: Court of Sessions (cont) Williston, Joseph-Z; Common Pleas index cards A-Z; A-Askins, John

Cab. 9 (1): 21
Inferior Court of Common Pleas: Askins, John-Bolles, Job Jabez

Cab. 9 (1): 22
Inferior Court of Common Pleas: Bolles, Job Jabez-Chaplink, Gordon

Cab. 9 (1): 23
Inferior Court of Common Pleas: Chaplin, Gordon-Curtis, Joshua

Cab. 9 (1): 24
Inferior Court of Common Pleas: Curtis, Joshua-Fellenberg Academy

Cab. 9 (1): 25
Inferior Court of Common Pleas: Fellenberg Academy-Hampshire Bank President

Cab. 9 (1): 26
Inferior Court of Common Pleas: Hampshire Bank President-Jones, Lyman

Cab. 9 (1): 27
Inferior Court of Common Pleas: Jones, Lyman-Maxwell, Sylvanus

Cab. 9 (1): 28
Inferior Court of Common Pleas: Maxwell, Sylvanua-Parsons, Curtis R.

Cab. 9 (1): 29
Inferior Court of Common Pleas: Parsons, Curtis R.-Root, Warham

Cab. 9 (1): 30
Inferior Court of Common Pleas: Root, Warham-Stebbins, Thomas

Cab. 9 (1): 31
Inferior Court of Common Pleas: Stebbins, Thomas-Warner, James

Cab. 9 (1): 32
Inferior Court of Common Pleas: Warner, James-Y (no X or Z)

Cab. 9 (1): 33
Hampshire County (Mass.). Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of Sessions Records
1677-1859
37 reels
Court Records: Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace, 1677-1728; Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace, 1728-1735
1677-1728
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 75
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1725-1741
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 76
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1746-1757
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 77
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records: Index and various years
1762
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 78
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1764-1768
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 79
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1766-1771
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 80
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1773-1780
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 81
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1776-1790
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 82
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1783-1784
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 83
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1785-1788
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 84
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1715-1790
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 85
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1794-1796
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 86
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1797-1798
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 87
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1824-1837
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 88
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1797-1798
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 89
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1800
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 90
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1802-1804
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 91
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1804
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 92
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1806
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 93
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1808-1809
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 94
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1810
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 95
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1810-1811
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 96
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1811-1813
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 97
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1815-1816
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 98
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1817-1818
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 99
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1820-1823
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 100
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1823
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 101
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1826-1829
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 102
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1830-1832
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 103
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1835-1838
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 104
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1844-1846
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 105
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1846-1848
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 106
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1849-1851
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 107
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1851-1853
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 108
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1854-1857
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 109
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1857-1859
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 110
Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the Peace Records
1852-1859
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 111
Hampshire County (Mass.). Registry of Deeds Records
1854-1860
4 reels
Hampshire County (Mass.) Registry of deeds
1859-1860
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 74a
Hampshire County (Mass.) Registry of deeds
1859-1860
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 74a
Hampshire County (Mass.) Registry of deeds
1859-1860
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 74c
Hampshire County (Mass.) Registry of deeds
1860
Cab. 9 (4): Forbes 74d
Hampshire County (Mass.). Registry of Probate Records
1660-1820
12 reels
Probate Records, vol. 1-4
1660-1780
Cab. 9 (8): 1
Probate Records, vol. 5-7
1729-1738
Cab. 9 (8): 2
Probate Records, vol. 9-10
1753-1758
Cab. 9 (8): 3
Probate Records, vol. 10-12
1761-1777
Cab. 9 (8): 4
Probate Records, vol. 13-14
1768-1786
Cab. 9 (8): 5
Probate Records, vol. 15-17
1785-1792
Cab. 9 (8): 6
Probate Records, vol. 18-20
1792-1799
Cab. 9 (8): 7
Probate Records, vol. 21-23
1799-1805
Cab. 9 (8): 8
Probate Records, vol. 24-25
1805-1808
Cab. 9 (8): 9
Probate Records, vol. 26-27
1809-1811
Cab. 9 (8): 10
Probate Records, vol. 28-29
1811-1814
Cab. 9 (8): 11
Probate Records, vol. 30-32
1815-1820
Cab. 9 (8): 12
Hampshire County (Mass.). Superior Court Records
1854-1908
10 reels
Civil Records
vol. 1 cont. (1856 Nov.-1857 June)
vol. 2 (1857 Oct.-1864 Oct.)
vol. 3 (1865 Feb.-1868 Nov.)
1856-1868
Cab. 9 (1): A21
Civil Records
vol. 4 (1869 Feb.-1870 Nov.)
vol. 5 (1871 Feb.-1872 June)
vol. 6 to p. 400 (1872 Oct.-1873 July)
1869-1873
Cab. 9 (1): A22
Civil Records
vol. 6 cont. (1873)
vol. 7 (1874)
vol. 8 (1875)
vol. 9 to p.340 (1876)
1873-1876
Cab. 9 (1): A23
Civil Records
vol. 9 cont. (1876)
vol. 10 (1877)
vol. 11 (1878)
1876-1878
Cab. 9 (1): A24
Civil Records
vol. 12 (1879 Feb.-1880 Feb.)
vol. 13 (1880 June-1881 June)
vol. 14 (1881 Oct.-1883 Apr.)
vol. 15 to p.230 (1883 June-1884 Mar.)
1879-1884
Cab. 9 (1): A25
Civil Records
vol. 15 cont. (1884)
vol. 16 (1885)
vol. 17 (1886 Feb.-1887 May)
vol. 18 to p.470 (1887 June-1888 Dec.)
1884-1888
Cab. 9 (1): A26
Civil Records
vol. 18 cont. (1886 Feb.-1887 May)
vol. 19 (1889 Feb.-1891 Feb.)
vol. 20 (1891 Feb.-1892 Ovt.)
vol. 21 (1892 Oct.-1894 Feb.)
1886-1894
Cab. 9 (1): A27
Civil Records
vol. 22 (1894 Feb.-1895 June)
vol. 23 (1895 Oct.-1896 Oct.)
vol. 24 (1897 Feb.-1898 June)
1894-1898
Cab. 9 (1): A28
Civil Records
vol. 25 (1898 Oct.-1899 Oct.)
vol. 26 (1899 Oct.-1891 Feb.)
vol. 27 (1901 Feb.-1903 May)
1898-1903
Cab. 9 (1): A29
Civil Records
vol. 28 (1903 June-1905 Feb.)
vol. 29 1905 Feb.-1906 Oct.)
vol. 30 (1906 Oct.-1908 Oct.)
1903-1908
Cab. 9 (1): A30
Massachusetts. Supreme Judicial Court Records
1797-1954
7 reels
Divorce Docket, 1888-1911, 1912-1918
1888-1918
Cab. 9 (1): A14
Records
vol. 1 (1797-1803)
vol. 2 (1805-1813)
vol. 3 (1814-1820)
1797-1820
Cab. 9 (1): A15
Records
vol. 4 (1821-1833)
vol. 5 (1834-1851)
vol. 6 (1851-1859) to pg 500
1821-1859
Cab. 9 (1): A16
Records
vol. 6 cont. (1865-1871)
vol. 7 (1865-1871)
vol. 8 Nisi Prius and Law (1872-1877)
vol. 9 Probate and Equity to p. 400 (1872-1877)
1865-1877
Cab. 9 (1): A17
Records
vol. 9 (1877)
vol. 10 Probate and equity (1878-1881)
vol. 11 Nisi prius and law (1878-1882)
vol. 12 Probate and Equity (1882-1886)
1877-1886
Cab. 9 (1): A18
Records
vol. 13 Nisi prius and law (1883-1886)
vol. 14 Probate and Equity (1886-1893)
1883-1893
Cab. 9 (1): A19
Records
vol. 15 Nisi Prius and Law (1887-1900)
vol. 16 Probate and Equity (1894-1910)
vol. 17 Nisi Prius and Law (1901-1954)
Superior Court Records Civil: vol. 1 to pg 470 (1854 Feb-1856 Nov.)
1854-1954
Cab. 9 (1): A20
Naturalization Records
1849-1934
13 reels
Naturalization Records of Aliens (lacking July-Sept. 1874?)
1849 Feb-1896 Feb.
Cab. 9 (1): A1
Naturalization Records of Aliens, Feb 1897-Sept. 1906; Index to final naturalization dockets (District Court), Sept. 1885-Sept. 1906; Final naturalization docket 1885-1906
1885-1906
Cab. 9 (1): A2
Naturalization Records of Aliens, vols. 4-7
1913-1924
Cab. 9 (1): A3
Naturalization Records of Aliens, vol. 7-10
1924-1934
Cab. 9 (1): A4
Petitions for Naturalization, vol. 1-3
1907-1913
Cab. 9 (1): A5
Petitions for Naturalization, vol. 4-6
1913-1917
Cab. 9 (1): A6
Petitions for Naturalization, vol. 7-8
1917-1920
Cab. 9 (1): A7
Petitions for Naturalization, vol. 9-10
1920-1923
Cab. 9 (1): A8
Petitions for Naturalization, vol. 10-13
1923-1925
Cab. 9 (1): A9
Petitions for Naturalization, vol. 13-15
1925-1927
Cab. 9 (1): A10
Petitions for Naturalization, vol. 16-19
1927-1929
Cab. 9 (1): A11
Petitions for Naturalization, vol. 19-21
1929-1931
Cab. 9 (1): A12
Petitions for Naturalization, vol. 22-23
1931-1934
Cab. 9 (1): A13
Administrative information
Provenance

When Hampshire County was dissolved in 1999, Massachusetts General Law 34B, S20(b), specified that all records of county roads were to be transferred to the Hampshire Council of Governments. In 2011, the Council permitted SCUA to provide care and access to the records.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, June 2012.

Digitized content

Selected material in the collection has been scanned and are available online through our digital repository, Credo.

Index to Highways

View the Index to highway records in the Hampshire Council collection.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Hampshire Council of Governments Records (MS 704). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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