The Hingham Public Library is home to thousands of the town’s archival materials documenting the rich history of Hingham. On this page you will find guides describing a limited number of collections held by the library.

We are currently working on creating guides for all of our historical documents. Please contact us if you do not see materials related to your research.

Current Guides
Jefferson Debating Society Records

The Jefferson Debating Society Records Collection (PDF) were created by members of the Jefferson Debating Society in Hingham between 1823 and 1829.

Gardner Family Papers
The Gardner Family Papers (PDF) were created by various members of the Gardner, Leach, and Amadon families while living in Hingham and the surrounding area.

Sprague Family Papers
The Sprague Family Papers (PDF) were created by various members of the Sprague Family while living in Hingham, Boston, and other parts of New England.

Whiton Family Papers
The Whiton Family Papers (PDF) in this collection were originally created by various members of the Whiton family in the 18th and 19th centuries while they were living in Hingham.

Leavitt Family Papers
The Leavitt Family Papers (PDF) include such items as genealogies, letters, poems, business records, and military records that were created the Leavitt family, including Howard Leavitt Horton, between the 17th and 20th centuries.

Hingham Agricultural & Horticultural Society Collection
The Hingham Agricultural and Horticultural Society Collection (PDF) contains a variety of materials dating between 1818 and 1964, including administrative information and financial records, committee reports on annual exhibitions, and such ephemera as programs for the annual fair and ribbons for committee members and prize winners.

Cushing Family Papers
The Cushing Family Papers Collection (PDF) contains records, created between approximately 1659 and 1950, relating to the Cushing family of Hingham, Massachusetts.

William L. Phinney Genealogical Papers

The William L. Phinney Genealogical Papers Collection (PDF) consists of genealogical research completed by William Lester Phinney between approximately 1971 and 1996.

Colonel John C. Whiton Scrapbook

The Colonel John C. Whiton Scrapbook Collection (PDF) is composed of one scrapbook created by Colonel John Chadwick Whiton and his daughter Marion Chadwick Whiton between approximately 1882 and 1909. It contains newspaper clippings, poems, newsletters, and book pages that focus on such subjects as the civil war, veteran affairs after the war, the prison system in Massachusetts, religion, poetry, and the lives of John's family and friends.

Old Hingham Photograph Album
The Old Hingham Photograph Album Collection (PDF) consists of one album containing photographs and postcards of Hingham between approximately 1885 and 1926. The images depict scenic views of important structures and locations, boats and ships near/on the harbor, as well as individuals/groups working and enjoying recreational activities.

Hingham Players Club Bicentennial Collection

The Hingham Players Club Bicentennial Collection (PDF) contains meeting minutes, administrative records, and performance ephemera created by the Hingham Players Club between approximately 1915 and 1951.

Men's Community Club of South Hingham Collection
The Men's Community Club of South Hingham Collection (PDF) contains meeting minutes and administrative records created by the Men's Community Club of South Hingham between 1924 and 1935.