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NOTE: You may email archives questions or make an appointment to do research to Debra Charpentier at

See the Rules of the Archives

This section of the collection includes books and clippings files of local interest, including the entire run of the Fairhaven Star newspaper (1879 to 1967) which has been painstakingly indexed over the past fifteen years.The Star is on microfilm and the index is currently in a card catalog. It is being integrated into a computer database by volunteers. Materials in this section of the library are unavailable for circulation–they are in many cases too fragile to even photocopy. You must call ahead and speak to the archivist to find out when you may come in to use the archives. See the Rules of the Archives.

Ms. Charpentier will be happy to take requests for information and research them for patrons not able to come in during the regular hours of operation, as time and staffing allows. The Genealogy collection is here as well as the old postcard and picture file which concentrates on Fairhaven.

The archives department has received scrapbooks and records of organizations, including an 1852 FHS alumni register. We also received photos of the Rogers estate, special editions of old newspapers, and local history books and photos. These gifts, mostly one-of-a-kind items, are the backbone of the history collection.

Historic House Plaque form (MS Word doc.)

How to Inventory your House — Fairhaven Historical Commission

The Archivists of the Millicent Library are always grateful for donations of old photos, scrapbooks, and memorabilia relating to Fairhaven. It is amazing what we find while wading through bags full of old newspapers and scrapbooks. We can sometimes track down who is in an old photo like our favorite one of James Church and his lady friends.

Mr. Church was a pharmacist in Fairhaven and died in 1913 at the age of 79.