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Center for Lowell History, UMass Lowell Archives and Special Collections

Planning a Research Appointment

Research visits to the Center for Lowell History are by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment, please contact staff at or 978-934-4997.

Generally, we ask that you contact us at least a week in advance of your visit; however, if you are coming from outside the area or have less flexibility with the date of your visit, please contact us as far in advance as possible so we are more likely to be able to accommodate your needs.

If a last-minute appointment is requested, we will do our best to accommodate you, but we cannot guarantee availability, so please plan accordingly. 

Research Assistance

When planning a research visit, staff will help you locate information relevant to your area of research.  This will ensure that the information which you desire is onsite and ready for use when you arrive.

The decision of whether to use a digital surrogate or other copy of fragile originals will be made by the archivist and library staff.  If you believe an exception should be made in your case, please let staff know, and we will work with you to accommodate your request when possible.  

The Center for Lowell History has Wi-Fi available for all visitors. 

Getting Here


40 French Street, Lowell, Massachusetts, 01852


We are located in the Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center, across the street from the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center. Once you enter the building, continue straight down the ramp and CLH will be at the bottom of the ramp, on your left.


For staff/faculty of UMass Lowell with a valid parking pass: There is faculty and staff parking located at Tsongas Center Lot B, 99-1 River Pl, Lowell, MA 

For all other researchers: The most convenient parking is at Joseph M. Downes, Sr. Municipal Parking Facility, 75 John St., Lowell, MA located within a few blocks of the Mogan Center.

  • Metered street parking in the area is limited, and violations are swiftly ticketed. 

There are two Disabled Parking spots to the left of the Mogan Center, directly across from Kirk Street.

How to access the Internet at CLH

Go to the UMass Lowell WiFi Setups Guide to register your device.