Skip to main content
Smith Libraries Exhibits

Where was the Bookshop?

The Hampshire Bookshop's original location at the corner of Elm Street and Bedford Terrace (now Duckett House), 1916 (1 of 3 rooms)

Hampshire Bookshop's first location at the corner of Elm Street and Bedford Terrace in Northampton, MA, 1916

The Hampshire Bookshop's original location at the corner of Elm Street and Bedford Terrace (now Duckett House), 1916  (2 of 3 rooms)

Hampshire Bookshop's first location at the corner of Elm Street and Bedford Terrace in Northampton, MA, 1916

The Hampshire Bookshop's original location at the corner of Elm Street and Bedford Terrace (now Duckett House), 1916 (3 of 3 rooms)

Hampshire Bookshop's first location at the corner of Elm Street and Bedford Terrace in Northampton, MA, 1916 

The Hampshire Bookshop first occupied three connecting first-floor rooms in a house in Northampton on the corner of Elm Street and Bedford Terrace (now Eleanor Duckett House, a Smith College student residence).

Drawing by Hester Hoffman of The Hampshire Bookshop at 192 Main Street, Northampton, MA, 1922

Drawing by Hester Hoffman of The Hampshire Bookshop at 192 Main Street, Northampton, MA, 1922

In 1917, the very next year, the Bookshop needed more space and moved downtown to 192 Main Street. Hester Hoffman’s drawing of the storefront is shown here, on the back cover of a 1922 Bookshop Christmas sale catalogue.

Drawing by Hester Hoffman of The Hampshire Bookshop at 8 Crafts Avenue, Northampton, MA

Drawing by Hester Hoffman of The Hampshire Bookshop at 8 Crafts Avenue, Northampton, MA 

Robert Frost poem keepsake from The Hampshire Bookshop, 1924

Robert Frost poem keepsake from The Hampshire Bookshop, 1924

The ever-expanding and increasingly popular bookstore purchased a building at 8 Crafts Avenue (Hester Hoffman’s rendition was used in numerous HB publications). Aided by local architect Karl Putnam, the building was renovated to create the Bookshop’s elegant and gracious long-term home. Moving day (to the building only three doors away) was July 9, 1923. Robert Frost, who was teaching at Amherst College, was the special guest at a housewarming in February 1924; he spoke on “The Relationship of a Bookshop to the Teaching of English.” Frost said (then or later): “It is one of the few bookshops in the world where books are sold in something like the spirit they were written in.” A limited edition, signed poem by Frost was printed as a keepsake for the occasion.