Prescott (Mass.) Collection, 1822-1952
2 boxes (0.75 linear ft.)
Rural and sparsely populated, Prescott, Massachusetts, was founded in 1822 along the ridge separating the West and Middle branches of the Swift River. Its three villages (North Prescott, Atkinson Hollow, and Prescott Hill) never amounted to more than a few houses each, and the town's total population never exceeded 500. Prescott became the first of four towns to vacate after the Swift River Valley was ordered cleared and dammed to create the Quabbin Reservoir, ceding its administration to the state in 1928 before formally disincorporating in 1938.
The records of Prescott, Mass., document the history of the smallest of the four towns inundated to create the Quabbin Reservoir. Held by the Swift River Valley Historical Society, the materials in this collection consist of records of town meetings and of the activities of the town Selectmen, 1822-1938, as well as sparser records of the School Committee, the Treasurer, and Overseers of the Poor.
- Prescott (Mass. : Town)
- Prescott (Mass.). Overseers of the Poor
- Prescott (Mass.)--Appropriations and expenditures
- Prescott (Mass.)--History
- Prescott (Mass.)--History--19th century
- Prescott (Mass.)--Politics and government--19th century
- Prescott (Mass.)--Social conditions--19th century
- Quabbin Reservoir Region (Mass.)--History
- Quabbin Reservoir Region (Mass.)--Social life and customs
- Public schools--Massachusetts--Prescott--History
Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
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- The collection is open for research.