Our curator and able volunteers are eager to assist you in your Exeter research. Our library is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 – 4:30pm and on Saturdays from 9:30am to noon.

Research Library & Archives

The Historical Society has an extensive library and archives documenting Exeter’s past, including:

  • Transcript of the First Records of the Town of Exeter, 1638 - 1730
  • Maps of Exeter, earliest reliable map is dated 1802
  • Vital Records and Town Reports of Town of Exeter, 1880s - present
  • Directories for the Town of Exeter, 1872 - 1970
  • Exeter News-Letter, bound volumes, most years 1831 - present
  • History of Exeter, New Hampshire, by Charles Bell, published 1888, includes genealogical information (click here to read it in Google Books)
  • Exeter, New Hampshire 1888 - 1988, by Nancy Merrill, published 1988
  • We have genealogical materials on many Exeter families, please call or e-mail for specific queries
  • Cemetery Records
  • Birth, Marriage, and Death records can be obtained through the Exeter Town Clerk's office (call 603-778-0591 for more information)


Though the Historical Society is not a genealogical society, we strive to assist you in your genealogical research through our Exeter directories, maps, histories, genealogies, newspapers, cemetery records, school documentation and family files.