Links and Copyright Information
The collections listed below have made my research possible. The photos that I use on this website and on social media are generally from one of the sources below and are credited as such. Most photos have copyright information and permissions listed, though the MDWSC (Metropolitan District Water Supply Commission) photos from Digital Commonwealth are public domain. The photos of me and the Quabbin were taken by Hillary Lynn Photography. All other content on this site, including modern photos and text, is Ⓒ Elena Palladino, All Rights Reserved.
Quabbin Visitor’s Center: The vital records of the Swift River Valley towns are located at the Visitor’s Center at the Winsor Dam in Belchertown, Mass, which is run by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). These records include births and deaths, cemetery, land and engineering records.
Digital Commonwealth: Digital Commonwealth has the Metropolitan District Water Commission’s photos of Swift River Valley structures, which are in the public domain.
Young Men’s Library Association in Ware, Mass: The Young Men’s Library has a wonderful local history and genealogy collection that contains more than a few Quabbin treasures.
University of Massachusetts Special Collections: UMass has an extensive collection that includes photos, artifacts, newspaper articles, town reports, and other miscellaneous items.
Forbes Library in Northampton, Mass: Forbes also has an excellent local history and genealogy collection, including Quabbin Reservoir albums compiled by Joseph Harrison.
Friends of Quabbin: The Friends of Quabbin has a collection that includes photos, oral histories, and other items. Some of it is available online, and they are in the process of digitizing other items.
Swift River Valley Historical Society: The SRVHS was founded in 1936 and is dedicated to preserving the history of Swift River Valley towns. The collection includes the records of many churches and organizations, plus personal photos and other interesting artifacts that have been donated over the years. The SRVHS property in New Salem features two historical buildings: the Whitaker-Clary House and the Prescott Church (moved from the Prescott Peninsula in the 1930’s), both of which are museums today.