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Nahant Historical Society

41 Valley Road, Nahant Massachusetts 01908 (781) 581-2727

Research Policy

The Nahant Historical Society maintains its collections, a research library and archives to preserve and share the history of the town of Nahant. The Hodges Room library has over one thousand volumes. These consist of Nahant’s history with some of Lynn, Boston and New England. In addition there are sections on maritime history, decorative arts and biographies of people associated with Nahant and American history. Material does not circulate but photocopying is available at the discretion of the Society’s staff. All photocopies, digital reproductions, and prints are provided at the discretion of the Society. We reserve the right to refuse any request. Reproductions are for research and study purposes only, unless written permission to publish is granted by the Society.
download the research policy guidelines & request form (pdf)
One time publication rights:
Please note that purchasing a reproduction does not grant the right to publish in any form whatsoever. All requests to publish images, text, or multimedia must be submitted in writing, and will incur additional fees.
The Library is open each Wednesday and Thursday and the first Sunday of each month from 1 to 4 p.m. except holidays.
Admission to the library is free. You may do your own research without fee after signing in. Staff will assist you with access to library volumes, archive files and object collections.
Photocopy Rates:
Members and students .10 cents per page; non-members .20 cents per page
Photographic/Digital Image and Audio reproduction:
Reproduction of any artefacts are handled on the basis of the status of each image and variable fees will apply because of the specifics of the reproduction method, previous access and level of fragility. Digital image and audio recording requests must be made in writing.
Research by Mail:
General inquiries about our holdings and ready reference questions will be answered free of charge. Regarding more in-depth questions, there is no hourly fee charged for members. Fee charged to non-members is $5 per hour initially with any further charges depending on the research requested.
Research by Telephone or email:
We are happy to answer inquiries about the collections and general questions, such as when was Nahant first settled or incorporated. For more in-depth questions, please do so in writing.
Postage/Handling Fees:
$10 will be charged for each ten pages in addition to photocopying fees.