ORNE 002 – Social Sciences at the Boston Public Library

ORNE 002 – The Social Sciences department at the Boston Public Library
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The Boston Public LibraryIn this episode, host Marian Pierre-Louis visits the social sciences department of the Boston Public Library in Boston, Massachusetts to interview reference librarian Patrica Feeley, curator Gail Fithian and reference librarian Linda McIver about their genealogy and local history collection.

The social sciences department has a very strong collection of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts research materials though their collection encompasses much of New England and beyond.


(left to right) Patricia Feeley, Gail Fithian and Linda McIver

In this interview the staff provide an overview of all the resources in the department with tips for a successful visit. Did you know that many of the genealogy books held by Boston Public Library have been digitized and made available online? They have if they are in the public domain. The librarians will tell you how to access them.

Topics include:

  • The main reference collection
  • Local history resources
  • Armorial books and Royal Crests
  • The Boston Neighborhood and Street files
  • and much more!

This 30 minute show will prepare your for a successful research visit to the social

The entrance to the social sciences alcove in Bates Hall.

The entrance to the social sciences alcove in Bates Hall.

sciences department.