Local History Collection
Our Local History Collection contains both materials about Gloucester and Cape Ann and written by and about Gloucester and Cape Ann authors. Subjects include local history, genealogy, biography, and some fiction. Materials are in the form of books, hand-printed items, maps, city documents and more. The collection is located in the Local History, and you are free to browse the materials and use them inside of the library. In some cases, duplicate materials are located on the Gloucester shelf and available for check out.
Of special note in the Local History Collection are the Charles Olson Collection, which contains materials by and about Charles Olson, a local poet, and the Sawyer Free Library Collection, which includes the library's historical records.
The Cape Ann Vertical Files
This collection, located in the Local History area, is a collection of file folders containing information about Gloucester and Cape Ann. It’s arranged by subject. The file is mostly made up of newspaper clippings from the Gloucester Daily Times, but there are also other sources of information. If you’re searching for Gloucester or Cape Ann subjects that don’t appear in books, the Cape Ann Vertical File is a good place to look. The files must be used in the library and articles may be photocopied.
Print a list of subjects available in the Vertical Files or ask the Local History Librarian.
Our state-of-the-art microfilm scanner is located in the Local History area, and rolls of microfilm are stored in cabinets. Request specific rolls from the Local History Librarian, who can help you set up the machine.
Judith Sargent Murray Papers
This is a microfilm collection of indexed correspondence, essays and poems relating to Judith Sargent Murray, an 18th century Gloucester writer and advocate for women’s rights.
Cape Ann Advertiser (weekly) (1857-1900)
Cape Ann Bulletin (weekly) (1/1833-12/1855, 9/1877-12/1882, 2/1886- 4/1887)
Cape Ann Evening Breeze (weekly) (8/29/1884-11/1901, missing May-August 1897)
Cape Ann Light & Gloucester Telegraph (weekly) (1/07/1843-12/31/1873, missing 1/5/1847-1/15/1856)
Cape Ann News (daily) (12/02/1901-12/31/1902)
Cape Ann Revolver (February & April 1867)
Christian Neighbor (11/07/1827)
Essex Register (1807-1820)
Gloucester Daily News (10/11/1848-11/1901)
Gloucester Daily Times (1888-present)
Gloucester Democrat (bi-weekly) (8/19/1834-2/17/1838)
The Gloucester News and Semi-Weekly Messenger (10/11/1848-8/30/1851)
Gloucester Telegraph (weekly) (12/29/1827-9/27/1876)
Impartial Register (1800-1801)
Ipswich Bulletin (10/12/1866-12/21/1866)
Jeffersonian Republic (10/15/1838-11/23/1838)
Salem Register (1802-1807)
Temperance Gleaner (6/1/1864)
City of Gloucester Research Guides and Finding Aids
Compiled by the Gloucester Archive Committee and Archive Volunteers the Research Guides are intended to facilitate the study of various subjects relating to Gloucester History. Finding Aids are documents containing detailed information and narrative description of the contents of a specific collection of papers or records within an archive.
Research Guides at the Gloucester City Archives
Finding Aids at the Gloucester City Archives
Archival Collections at the Cape Ann Museum
Cape Ann Museum Archives houses both a library and a document/photographic archive that provides resources for the study of the industrial, social, maritime and art history of Cape Ann. An historical photographic collection is also available for purchase or research.
Finding Aids at the Cape Ann Museum.
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