Welcome to the Simon Fairfield Pubic Library Reference Bookshelf. The Bookshelf consists of non-circulating reference books relating to the History of the Town Of Douglas, the Blackstone Valley, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or New England.

Many of these works have been digitized various organizations and are free to view. Those items have been hyper-linked for your convenience. It is the request of the Local History Archive that digital items are used instead of the original copy in order to preserve the original works, many of which are quite old and deteriorating.

Douglas, Massachusetts Resources

The Blackstone Valley and Worcester County Resources

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Resources

New England Resources

The Mill Industry Resources

The following items don't really fit into any of the above categories. They are listed in alphabetical order by author.

Bell, N.S. Pathways of the Puritans. Framingham, MA: Old America Company, 1930.

Child, L. Maria. The progress of religious ideas, through successive ages. Vol. 3. 3 vols. New York, NY: C.S. Francis & Co., 1855.

Emerson, William A. Practical instruction in the art of wood engraving, for persons wishing to learn the art without an instructor. Containing a description of tools and apparatus used, and explaining the manner of engraving various classes of work. Also a history of the art, from its origin to the present time. East Douglas, MA: Charles J. Batcheller, 1876.

Frank, Thomas B. Roaming the states. New York, NY: Richard A. Smith, 1943.

Klinger, Robert L., and Richard A. Wilder. Sketch book 76: the American soldier 1775-1781. Union City, Tenn: Pioneer Press, 1974.

My country, 'tis of thee : readings in Americana. Coschocton, OH: Shaw-Barton, 1975.

Škultéty, Jozef. Sketches from Slovak history. Middletown, PA: First Catholic Slovak Union, 1930.

Sughrue, Jack. The link. Whitinsville, MA; The Eagle Printing Co., 1979.

United States. The laws of the United States of America : In three volumes. Vol. 1. Philadelphia, PA: Richard Folwell, 1796.
          Volume 1         Volume 2         Volume 3

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Pictorial history of the Second World War; a photographic record of all theaters of action chronologically arranged. [New York]: [W.H. Wise], 1948.
          Volume 1         Volume 2         Volume 5

Yurchak, Peter P. The Slovaks; their history and traditions. Whiting, Ind: Obrana Press, 1946.