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The Town & the City: Lowell before and after The Civil War

Originally created to be a digital archive for Lowell documents from 1826 to 1861, this website has grown to cover many periods and events in Lowell's history.


Lowell Institution for Savings 1829-1992 was one of the earliest savings banks established in the United States.  When the LIFS was closed by federal authorities, hundreds of ledgers and files were donated to the University.

These documents are weekly statements concerning the examination of the earliest ledgers of the bank and signed by some of the most prominent men in early Lowell including Theodore Edson, Paul Moody, Elisha Glidden, Dr. John O. Green, Dr. Elisha Bartlett, and Oliver Whipple.

Owner of original document(s): University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Location of original document(s): Center for Lowell History