About the Lawrence History Center

Since 1978, Lawrence History Center, formerly Immigrant City Archives, has collected and preserved documents and artifacts pertaining to the history of Lawrence, Massachusetts and its people. The collection contains the bulk of the business and planning records of the Essex Company that created Lawrence, non current municipal records, thousands of historic photographs and glass plate negatives, organizational records from local businesses and agencies, 700 oral histories with eye witness accounts as far back as 1910, and an array of family and individual records that document the diverse and intellectually challenging nature of Lawrence. LHC employs those materials through exhibits, educational programs and research services to foster understanding of the interaction of the built community and the lives of ordinary people. The Lawrence History Center: Immigrant City Archives is located in the Essex Company complex, included on the National Register of Historic Places.

The community of LHC includes those with an interest in the history Lawrence has to offer in terms of 19th century engineering and 19th – 21st century industrialization, labor, ethnicity and immigration, health and social change and economic patterns.

The Lawrence History Center is open 4 days a week:
• Tuesday – Friday: 9:00 – 4:00
• Saturday: by appointment only

Note: Please call or email for appointment. We request that researchers be members.

In the event of a snow storm, if the Lawrence Public Schools are closed, the History Center will also be closed.

Lawrence History Center
6 Essex Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
978 686 9230

Executive Director: Susan Grabski - director@lawrencehistory.org
Collections Manager & Research Coordinator: Amita Kiley - amita@lawrencehistory.org
Bookkeeper: Nancy Leonardi

Membership Information:
Tel: 978 686-9230
Email: membership@lawrencehistory.org

Research Information:
Tel: 978 686-9230
Email: research@lawrencehistory.org