Digital & Teacher Resources

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Maps of Lawrence Throughout the Years
This series of maps of Lawrence begins with the farmland of 1844 that was to become Lawrence, and proceeds through a 2008 Google satellite view. The maps have been scaled and oriented so that they overlay one-another to help you see the evolution of the streets of Lawrence.

Pemberton Mill Collapse of 1860

Great Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912 (Bread and Roses)

Oral History Projects (see also Oral History Collection)

Lawrence Riots in August, 1984

Economic Development

  • City of Possibilities: Lawrence on the Merrimack, by Robert Forrant (MassBenchmarks 2013, Volume Fifteen, Issue One)
    A case for the economic recovery of Lawrence notes its growing investment in healthcare and social services, manufacturing, education, and civic infrastructure. The city’s history lends itself to a narrative of urban vibrancy and growth, with recent substantial public and private sector development initiatives.

Housing Conditions and Public Health

Primary Source Sets

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills by exploring topics in history, literature, and culture through primary sources. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.

Student Research & Projects

Urban Redevelopment / Renewal


Tue–Fri: 9am-4pm
Sat: By appt
Sun-Mon: Closed

Address & Phone

6 Essex Street
Lawrence, MA 01840

Social Media


Founded in 1978 as the Immigrant City Archives, the mission of the Lawrence History Center is to collect, preserve, share, and animate the history and heritage of Lawrence and its people.