Library and Archives

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What does a writer read? With James Boyd we have at least part of the answer.

The James Boyd Library consists primarily of Boyd’s remaining personal book collection, augmented with works relevant to his life and writings. His collection originally filled both the downstairs Library as well as the second floor Study.

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Frances Mayes book signing in the Boyd Library.

The collection reflects Boyd’s interests in history, literature and the book arts, music, journalism, and antiquarian books. Boyd’s own novels were extremely well-researched, and a few of his resource works still remain, some with his notes penciled in the margins. Boyd had been known to say “I’d rather ride than write!” and some of the most notable books are about horses and foxhunting.

A descriptive catalog of the approximately 1300 volumes is available in the Weymouth Library in print format, as well as online with the link below. Books are divided by genre or subject, and listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name.

Books in the collection may be viewed onsite by appointment with the Weymouth Librarian.