GHS Gloucester Project Pathfinder

Pathfinders are designed to help you connect to the library materials you need to succeed! We have curated a list of physical and electronic books and databases that will help you find primary and secondary sources regardless of your topic.

Sources at the Library

Gloucester Shelf

The Gloucester Shelf is located on the second floor of the library. It houses one of the most complete collections of books; fiction and nonfiction; about Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and other places on Cape Ann. In addition to traditional bound books this area also has items compiled by the Gloucester Archives Committee made to be used as indexes and guides to other sources. Also located here is a collection of rare DVDs and VHS tapes relating to the area and the library itself. The Gloucester Shelf is our recommended place to start your exploration of Gloucester history and Culture

Click here for a list of books that are recommended by the Library for various topics.

Active Storage

“Active Storage” is our archival collection. Rare, valuable, or old books, magazines, maps, phonebooks, city and school records and other printed materials that don’t circulate, but can be used in the library. Many of the items here are also located on the Gloucester Shelf.

Cape Ann Vertical File

The Cape Ann Vertical File aka the “Vertical file” or the CAVF is a curated collection of mostly newspaper articles (but other items are included as appropriate) relating to various Gloucester topics (A list of which can be found here)

Towards an Oral History of Cape Ann

A collection of over 100 Oral Histories compiled from 1978 till 1989 covering the cultural and economic past of Gloucester as told through the experiences of those that lived through it. This collection is available in CD form, but also as digital MP3 files on the NOBLE Digital Heritage site!

Microfilm Collections

Cape Ann Newspapers

The Library has an extensive collection of Cape Ann Newspapers that can be viewed using our Microfilm machines. Unfortunately these newspapers are not indexed, but can be a good supplementary source of information on your topic if you know when an event occurred and you want to see how it was viewed in the context of its time.
A list of newspapers and dates they cover can be found here