The FRHS is a primary source of material relating to Fall River’s history, and provides visiting scholars, students, teachers, and public visitors with rare and important resources.
Gifts to the Library/Archive Fund provide the means to expand the holdings of the Charlton Library of Fall River History through the acquisition of out-of-print or current titles in a wide range of categories, and in various formats. In addition, monies from this fund are used for the rebinding, conservation, or digitizing of damaged or fragile materials.
Gifts (follow this link) may be designated as either honorary or memorial contributions, and, at the donor’s discretion, can be identified on a bookplate affixed within the volume(s).
Building and conserving the library’s holdings ensures that it will amass a comprehensive catalogue and continue to offer the best educational resources to its many patrons for years to come.
All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowable by law.
Janua 1948 Academy of the Sacred Hearts, published by the senior class, Sacred Hearts Academy, Fall River, Massachusetts. This high school year book was offered for sale by an on-line auction house and purchased for the Charlton Library of Fall River History at the FRHS with funds from the Library/Archive Acquisition Fund.
The FRHS maintains an extensive collection of various Fall River high school yearbooks from public and private schools, the earliest dating to 1912.
The Severed Mantle by William Lindsey, Jr. (1858-1922), published by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston and New York, 1909; a Fall River native, Lindsey was the author of several works of fiction. This volume was acquired from a book dealer for the Charlton Library of Fall River History at the FRHS with funds from the Library/Archive Fund.
The FRHS maintains a large collection of books by Fall River authors.
Fall River Illustrated, H. R. Page & Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1891; a deluxe edition donated to the FRHS in 1940, shown before conservation. The leather-bound volume exhibited overall dryness, scuffing, and small areas of powdery deterioration known as “red rot.”
The same volume after conservation, made possible by donors to the Library/Archive Fund.