Welcome to our Digital Heritage collection!
The Melrose Pubic Library's Digital Heritage collection presents historical photographs relating to the history of our community, along with a collection of Melrose High School yearbooks.
Melrose is a small suburban community located approximately seven miles north of Boston with a geographic area of 4.76 square miles and a population of 28,150 people. Settled in the 18th century, the area was known as Pond Feilde after its central body of water, now called Ell Pond. Initially part of colonial Charlestown and then Malden,
Melrose was incorporated as a town in 1850 and adopted a city charter in 1900. Melrose has a city government of a mayor and board of aldermen.
With the advent of the railroad in the early 19th century, Melrose became an attractive place to live for those who worked in Boston, and it retains that residential character to this day. Many of the city’s residences and Main Street buildings date from the Victorian era of the late 19th century.
The Melrose Public Library was born officially at a Town Meeting on March 27, 1871. The library inhabited several temporary homes over the next several years. Aware of the need for a permanent library facility, Melrosians petitioned Andrew Carnegie to make a substantial contribution for the construction of a library building. A building was erected on the West Emerson Street site of the old High School, which had been destroyed by fire in 1897. The new building opened on April 15, 1904. The library was enlarged with an addition in 1963, and remains on this site today.
Views in Melrose and Clifton, Mass., Dec. 25, 1884
This collection of family photographs from 1858 to 1899 (most are dated 1872) are taken of Victorian homes located on Vinton Street between Cedar and East Foster Street, and Park and High Street. According to "Part of Melrose" map published by Geo. H. Walker & Co., Boston, Mass. ©1889, the main Melrose property featured in the album belonged to Charles H. Isburgh. The Isburgh family lived at 24 Vinton Street, Melrose until 1902. The photographs document changes to their home and neighborhood spanning over 40 years.
The leather-bound photo album includes photographs from Melrose and Clifton (Marblehead) Mass. It contains 68 - 6" x 8" (15.24 x 20.32 cm) and features 31 photographs from Melrose of exterior views of Victorian homes along Vinton Street, people and surrounding areas, and 37 photographs (not digitized) from the Clifton section of Marblehead of exterior views of ocean-side Victorian homes, people and surrounding area along the coastline. The family vacationed in Clifton, Marblehead during the summer where they owned property at 22 Clifton Heights Lane.
Please note - only the views from Melrose are included in the digital collection.