1 Wendell Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01202
The Local History and Genealogy Department holds the Cooke Collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century church and cemetery records as well as abstracts of newspaper notices of marriages and deaths, the personal records of ministers, and vital records that supplement the Systematic Series (see Vital Records). Other collections include files of research notes collected by local researchers, and a three-by-five card file of vital records and notes throughout the state and the northeast. This includes Connecticut, Vermont, and Hudson Valley, New York, as well, since the area was a major conduit for movement north and west. The Berkshire Family History Association, P.O. Box 1437, Pittsfield, MA 01201 has a close relationship with the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Athenaeum, and provides a research service in the collections for its members.