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Looking back: CHS Yearbooks at the Chelmsford Library

   Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 - by: Jessica Fitzpatrick

1944 Fighter PlaneI recently spoke with a woman who was trying to help a ninety-year-old friend track down some pages from his yearbook from the 1940s. Our local history room actually contains a collection of Chelmsford High School yearbooks dating back to when the school opened at its current location in 1929. In the process of going through the books for the specific page, I was amazed at how universal the high school experience appears from the photos, with their little bios beside each – so many bright, ambitious, excited young people about to embark on adulthood.

Upon receiving the scanned pages we sent him from the yearbook, he called to express his thanks. He shared some of his memories from that period so many years ago, and the impact it had on his future. The gentleman in question had grown up on a farm in Chelmsford, and in those years during the war, his family had been intensely busy supporting the war effort.  Upon graduating, first from Chelmsford, and then from university, he was able to move away to begin a successful career in another area. He was delighted and overwhelmed to return briefly to the time and the person he had been so many years ago.

If you would like the opportunity to reminisce about your youth, visit our collection anytime we are open. You can browse the collection we have through our catalog (each year is listed in the call number), and check out a few of the interesting covers in our Flickr photo collection here. We have many of the years between 1929 and 2013, but our set is by no means complete. If you have any old yearbooks collecting dust around the house, consider donating them to the collection.

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Find the Value of Your Antiques!

   Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

If you're curious about the history or value of some of your antique furniture, vintage toys, or just old stuff, the library has quite a few resources that can help.

Every year we get updated copies of price guides for coins and money, stamps, sports cards, and other collectibles. There are encyclopedias and picture guides for almost every subject too - toys to cigars to watches to clothing. Most of these are in the non-fiction shelves downstairs, and the Reference staff is happy to help you locate the right book.

Chelmsford residents also have access to an online antique pricing resource called P4A Antiques Reference (P4A stands for "Price For Antiques") - it's a quick way to check how much an antique might be worth, based on what similar pieces have sold at recent auctions.

P4A Price for Antiques database

The focus is on collectibles and historic Americana, including furniture, china, glassware, folkart, brass, silver, iron, artwork, and major antique collectibles, with complete information on when, where, and for what price the antique was sold. The database will also provide a little background information on each item, including date, maker, etc, based on the information that was provided at the auction.

Because antiques are described differently by different people, don't give up after your first search. Try describing your piece in various ways, and also try the country of origin, material used, and maker, if possible.

If you have any questions about the P4A Antiques Reference database, please contact the Reference Desk.

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City Directories on Microfilm

   Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Microfilm boxes of city directoriesAttention researchers and genealogists! The Chelmsford Library just received some "new" older city directories on microfilm. The new additions to the collection are:

LOWELL SUBURBAN 1905-1917/18
LOWELL SUBURBAN 1917/18-1932/33
LOWELL SUBURBAN 1937/38-1949
LOWELL SUBURBAN 1951-1955
LOWELL SUBURBAN 1957-1959
MIDDLESEX COUNTY 1882/83-1890

These are available in the microfilm cabinets downstairs in the Reference area. The library also has microfilm holdings of Chelmsford newspapers, the Boston Globe, early Chelmsford Town records, and early Massachusetts records.

If you have any questions or need assistance with using microfilm, please contact the Reference Desk.

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Find the Value of Your Antiques

   Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

If you're curious about the history or value of some of your antique furniture, vintage toys, or just old stuff, the library has quite a few resources that can help.

Every year we get updated copies of price guides for coins and money, stamps, sports cards, and other collectibles. There are encyclopedias and picture guides for almost every subject too - toys to cigars to watches to clothing. Most of these are in the non-fiction shelves downstairs, and the Reference staff is happy to help you locate the right book.

Chelmsford residents also have access to an online antique pricing resource called P4A Antiques Reference (P4A stands for "Price For Antiques") - it's a quick way to check how much an antique might be worth, based on what similar pieces have sold at recent auctions.

P4A Price for Antiques database

The focus is on collectibles and historic Americana, including furniture, china, glassware, folkart, brass, silver, iron, artwork, and major antique collectibles, with complete information on when, where, and for what price the antique was sold. The database will also provide a little background information on each item, including date, maker, etc, based on the information that was provided at the auction.

Because antiques are described differently by different people, don't give up after your first search. Try describing your piece in various ways, and also try the country of origin, material used, and maker, if possible.

If you have any questions about the P4A Antiques Reference database, please contact the Reference Desk.

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Use Consumer Reports At The Library

   Thursday, November 8th, 2012 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Use Consumer Reports at the Library!Did you know the library subscribes to Consumer Reports? In fact, we subscribe to both the print magazine and the online database - and it's free for any Chelmsford resident to use!

We have two copies of the magazine - one upstairs with the regular magazines that you can check out to use at home (except for the most recent issue), and another complete set downstairs in Reference. The most current year is kept at the Reference Desk, and we also keep the last few years too.

In addition to the magazine, the library also has the Consumer Reports Buying Guide, and new and used car buying guides.

The online version of Consumer Reports is listed on the Reference databases section of our website - you'll need your Chelmsford Library card number to log in from home.

For similar resources, check out our Consumer Information webpage - it lists other subscription services provided by the library, as well as free websites.

Another great resource is the Boston Consumer Checkbook - instead of reviewing products (like Consumer Reports), it reviews local services, like plumbers, roofers, etc. Print magazines for the last few years are available by the Reference Desk, and online access is available too, but you must be in the library.

For help with these or any Library resources, please contact the Reference Desk.

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