History & Research
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- Precious Blood (South Hadley)
Tombstone images & names affiliated with the former Precious Blood Catholic Church in Holyoke.
- Rock Valley, Holyoke
Tombstone images & names, located in West Holyoke.
- Smith’s Ferry, Holyoke
Tombstone images & names, on Route 5.
Holyoke School Yearbooks
- Holyoke High School, 1924
- Holyoke High School, 1945
- Joseph Metcalf Junior High, 1951
- John J. Lynch Junior High, 1953
- John J. Lynch Junior High, 1954
- John J. Lynch Junior High, 1956
C. Robert Wilhelm
An amateur photographer, Wilhelm captured many images of Holyoke using glass plate negatives, popularly used from the 1880s through the 1920s.
|Vintage Holyoke Postcard Collection
See Holyoke over a range of years through picture postcards.
History of the Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts. Louis H. Everts, 1879. Section on Holyoke excerpted here offering brief history, bios, manufacturing.
The City of Holyoke—Its Water Power and Its Industries
Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1876. Image heavy, these excerpts from a folio sized edition depict the the industrial pride of the city.
The City of Holyoke, 1898 by Edwin L. Kirtland. Article adapted from New England Magazine outlining the early history of Holyoke.
Picturesque Hampden, by Clifton Johnson, 1892. This lengthy section focusing upon Holyoke has been adapted from the larger publication. Subjective travelogue, image heavy, with lots of stories and information on manufacturing businesses.
Adapted excerpts from the Holyoke Daily Transcript 30th Anniversary Issue, 1998 - 1912. People, Places, Organizations.
Precious Blood Church Fire
A compilation of various sources relating to the Precious Blood Church Fire of 1875 — an event that made national headlines and contributed to changes in building code. Names of the deceased, vintage articles and more. The fast reactions of John J. Lynch during this event propelled him to hero status.
Fraternal organizations were a large part of early life in Holyoke—the Masonic organizations were huge during this era and Mount Tom Lodge was one of three Masonic organizations that shared the same building on Chestnut Street. Lots of membership names and other useful information here.
Beautiful 1912 edition of Views On and About Mt. Tom and Mt. Tom Railroad, Georgeous guidebook promoting the virtues of Mt. Tom, a popular recreation destination.
Cookbook: 625 Choice Recipes from The Ladies of the Second Congregational Church of Holyoke, Mass., 1886. Contributer name index included!
The Rules and Regulations of the School Committee, 1927. When corporal punishment was still permitted.
Business & industry
How Paper is Made: A 1923 publication of the Whiting Paper Company describing the papermaking process.
An eclectic collection of Holyoke-related topics, each presented on a single page -- formerly organized under the heading of "Quick Clicks."