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Digitized Brunswick History

links to Brunswick history projects published online by Curtis Memorial Library

Snow Index – This is an index to microfilm of the Brunswick weekly newspapers for 1853 through December 1960.

Photos from the Brunswick newspapers from 1902 to 1960. These images, re-photographed by Richard Snow, may be be referenced from the Snow Index.

MaineTimesIndex 1968-1994 a searchable pdf of The Maine Times

William A. Wheeler Works Brunswick Yesterdays transcribed from the Brunswick Record and annotated by Richard Snow

1790 Census for Brunswick, Maine transcribed by library volunteer Judy Husman

Index of where to find local town directories from 1867 to 1983

Town Directories from 1867 to 1985 include Brunswick, Harpswell, Topsham, Richmond, Bowdoin and Bowdoinham.  Also included in many are Bowdoin College faculty and students.

Brunswick Town Reports from 1834 to 1973. Searchable pdf.

Brunswick Town Reports of 1867 and 1882-97 held in the University of Maine’s  Fogler Library.

Brunswick Maritime History: a collection of newspaper articles and other documentary materials compiled by Mary Gilman in the 1920’s.

Index of tax books since 1822  Brunswick_Town_Hall_Records_Inventory compiled by Carol P. McCoy at

A History of the Public Library in Brunswick, Maine, by Louise R. Helmreich (online version of the 84-page book published in 1976)

Churches and Religious Organizations: A Short Historical Glimpse by Richard Snow

Facts About Brunswick, Maine by John Furbish 1862 – 1879 (electronic rendering of the facsimile edition published in 1976)

Facts and Legends Concerning the Underground Railroad in Topsham and Brunswick (pdf) by Mark Cheetham

Cemeteries of Brunswick is an extensive database mapped by Barbara Desmarais since 2001 supplemented by her Cemeteries of Brunswick, Maine blog.

Brunswick and Topsham Cemetery transcriptions and maps (below) prepared by father and son team, Don and Mark Cheetham.

Adams, Ancient Burial Ground, Chase, First Parish, Goddard, Hartwell-Little, Heuston Cemeteries searchable maps

Pine Grove Cemetery  searchable map

Riverside Cemetery searchable map

Maquoit Yard,Marsh,McMannus Family,St. Paul’s Memorial Garden,Simpson,Town Farm Cemeteries searchable maps

Growstown Cemetery searchable map

Jones – Lunt Cemeteries searchable maps

Varney Cemetery searchable map

Varney Cemetery Annotated Map

Harding-New Meadows-Pennell Cemeteries searchable maps

St. John the Baptist Cemetery searchable map

Brunswick Cemetery Indices: A searchable pdf of the area cemeteries that may be used in conjunction with the Cheetham mappings in the reference area

Pine Grove Cemetery of Brunswick blog: a project of the Pejepscot Historical Society, features information about the Pine Grove Cemetery in Brunswick, Maine: biographies of individuals buried there, Brunswick & regional history, funerary practices and mourning art & culture.

Letters of Henry Putnam, a gentleman from South Carolina to a friend describing Brunswick in 1820.

Merrymeeting Park, Brunswick, Maine, by Chris Gutscher (online version of the 1985 booklet)

Search the Library Catalog for printed material on Brunswick History

Wheeler & Wheeler’s History of Brunswick, Topsham, and Harpswell (online version of the 959-page book first published in 1878)

Historical maps

Brunswick & Topsham in 1887 (map in pdf)

Downtown Brunswick in 1887 (map in gif )

Maine Street in 1923 (Maine Street maps courtesy of Mark Cheetham)

Maine Street in 1940

Maine Street in 1960

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