Online Historical Collections

In 2001, the Library secured a federal LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant to begin digitally scanning the Town's historical records. As a result of this project, some of the most historically significant records are now available to anyone with access to the Internet.

Included on this site are two sets of documents:

Early Town Records

The Town of Acton's official records from its founding in 1735 up to 1764. These earliest town meeting records and selectman's minutes are full of details of pre-Revolutionary life.

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Early Town Records

Civil War Records

The Acton Memorial Library was founded in 1890 as a memorial to Acton citizens who fought in the Civil War; as such, the Library has had since its founding a special responsibility to preserve the memory of this period of Acton's and our nation's history. In 2008 the library opened "Not Afraid To Go," a permanent exhibit of historical documents and artifacts relating to Acton's role in the founding and preservation of the nation. As part of this project, the online Civil War archives will soon be greatly expanded.

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Civil War Collections