Keeley Library - Full-text Online Books & Articles

The Keeley Library has made the following books and articles available online for the research of Fall River local history. Some articles and books make reference to buildings, people, events, etc. for which images can also be found on the Keeley Library's Fall River Local History Slides site.

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Articles Books



B.M.C. Durfee High School Building, Fall River, Mass. -- Fall River, Mass. : Almy and Milne, 1889.
    67 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
    Contents: A Centennial History of Fall River, Mass. : Comprising a Record of Its Corporate Progress from 1656 to 1876, With Sketches of Its Manufacturing Industries, Local and General Characteristics, Valuable Statistical Tables, etc. / prepared under the direction of a committee of the city government, by Henry H. Earl. -- New York : Atlantic Publishing and Engraving Co., 1877.
    252 p. : ill., map ; 31 cm.
    All files are searchable
Fall River's Apparel Industry, 1920-1986 / by Jeannette J. Lambert.
    49 p. : ill. ; 28 cm. Pages mis-numbered.
    Reproduced with the permission of the author.
    Complete book. - exact facsimile, searchable. (10,056K)

Historical Sketches of Early Fall River Days as Presented on W.S.A.R. ca. 1940.
    36 [i.e. 34] p. ; 24 cm. Pages mis-numbered
History of Fall River / prepared under the direction of a committee of prominent citizens appointed by His Honor Mayor John T. Coughlin by Henry M. Fenner, A. B., assisted by Benjamin Buffinton. -- New York : F. T. Smiley Publishing Co., 1906.
     364 p. : ill., ports. ; 28 cm.
History of Fall River : With Notices of Freetown and Tiverton / as published in 1841, by Orin Fowler ; together with a sketch of the life of Rev. Orin Fowler, an epitome of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island boundary question, an account of the great fire of 1843, and ecclesiastical, manufacturing, and other statistics. -- Fall River, [Mass.] : Almy & Milne, 1862.
     100 p., [1] leaf of plates : geneal. table ; 23 cm.
History of Fall River, Massachusetts, comp. for the Cotton Centennial by Henry M. Fenner, under the direction of the Historical Committee of the Merchants Association ... -- [Fall River, Mass.] : Fall River Merchants Association, 1911.
    106 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Hurricane pictures of Greater Fall River, September, 1938. -- [Fall River, MA] : Fall River Herald News, {1938?]
    64 p. : chiefly ill. ; 23 cm.
    Complete book - exact facsimile. (9,077K)
    Another account of this hurricane is presented in the article 1938 Hurricane and Tidal Wave Ravaged Region

Illustrated Fall River. -- [Fall River, MA] : Hunter & Wells, [1903].
    [64] p. [several pages are missing from our copy] : chiefly ill. ; 15 x 21 cm.
    Complete book - exact facsimile. (4,565K)

Life on the Stream / by Alice Brayton. -- [s.l. : s.n., 1962?] (Wilkinson Press)
    2 v. : ill., facsims. ; 24 cm.
    All files are searchable
Notre Dame de Lourdes Memorial Book
    This pamphlet contains many pictures of the church both before and during the 1982 fire which destroyed the church and part of the Flint section of Fall River.
    Complete pamphlet. - exact facsimile, searchable. (8,644K)

The Phillips History of Fall River by Arthur Sherman Phillips. -- Fall River, Mass. : Privately printed ; Dover Press, 1944-1946.
    3 v. : ill., maps, plans, ports. ; 26 cm.
    All files are searchable
Pictures of the Worst Fire in Fall River's History
    This pamphlet contains many pictures of the 1928 fire.
    Complete pamphlet. - exact facsimile, searchable. (4,595K)
    A longer account of the fire is presented in the article 1928 Fire Destroyed Much of Downtown

Soldiers of the Great War / compiled by W.M. Haulsee, F.G. Howe, A.C. Doyle. -- Washington, D.C. : Soldiers Record Publishing Association, c1920.
    3 v. : ill., ports ; 28 cm.
    This file contains only the first 40 pages of volume 2, which deal with soldiers from Massachusetts who died in World War I, including several from Fall River. The list of names is searchable (although some names and towns are misspelled), but the portraits are not searchable since they are recognized as images, not text.
    Volume 2, p. 1-40 (6,927K)

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