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The Houghton Historical Reference Collection

The Reuben Hoar Library in Littleton, MA, provides resources that chronicles and preserves Littleton's local history, and this guide aims to help those conduct such research

Digitized Materials

Town Reports Available from the State Library of Massachusetts

The State Library of Massachusetts has some digitized Town Reports, including 1843, 1847, 1854-1867, 2000-2018. Especially the earlier reports, these provide monetary snapshots of the town at the municipal level. 1867 in particular outlines the expenses relating to breaking ground on new roads. The descriptions in earlier reports may be minimal, but a narrative for the year may still be derived.

Town of Littleton Annual Reports

The Town of Littleton has downloadable reports from 2000-2018. As opposed to ones from the nineteenth century, more recent reports provide detailed descriptions of monetary use and planning. Many of them also contain dedications to past town nurses and police chiefs, providing invaluable information on individuals important to the town.

The Hannah Dodge Scrap-Book

Hannah Perkins Dodge (1821-1896) was an educator that lived in Littleton. She taught at such places as Littleton and the Lawrence Academy in Groton. She was also served four years as Littleton's school superintendent. The scrapbook dedicated to her was donated to the library in 1896 by her family. The original is located in the Houghton History Room.


Not all databases are available to use from home. Those that are may require a library card number or separate registration. Not all libraries subscribe to the same databases. Due to the fluid situation with Covid-19, Littleton is offering special library e-cards
The library may be contacted for more information.