History Room

Local history and genealogy can be explored at length in the Sagadahoc History & Genealogy Room, on the handicap-accessible second floor of the library’s north wing. The archive collects and preserves material that focuses on Sagadahoc County and its residents, as well as supporting materials from across the State and New England.  Research requests can also be made for those unable to visit the room and its many resources.

Construction of the Patten Free Library

Patten Free Library, under construction, ca. 1890. J.C. Higgins & Son StudioFrom the Abbie Sewall Photography Collection, Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room, Patten Free Library.

The largely two-dimensional materials of the History Rom include: municipal, business and institutional records and documents; private letters and journals; published local histories and family histories; photographs and postcards; and local newspapers. Of particular note are the notebooks of Dr. Alfred Holt on Bath families of the 19th century, the Morse High School yearbooks, and the architectural surveys of Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc.

The History Room receives funding from Bath Historical Society, and is further assisted by Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc., and West Bath Historical Society. The collections of the Sagadahoc History & Genealogy Room are aided greatly by donations and bequests from local patrons, collectors, and descendants of regional residents.