The Archives of Marblehead
Available to scholars and
researchers, the well-catalogued Archives are a treasure house
of personal papers, books, journals, genealogical materials
and over 10,000 photographs.
Among the highlights of the
extensive collection are the journals of Ashley Bowen, an
eighteenth-century Marblehead sailor, carpenter and jack-of-all-trades
who recorded his observations in word and picture. His watercolor
and ink drawings of vessels, buildings and daily life are
invaluable sources of information and delight.
The Archives are a resource
for histories of the buildings that comprise Marblehead’s
townscape, as well as information about Marblehead inhabitants,
from Revolutionary War General John Glover to 2004 Olympic
Gold Medal cyclist Tyler Hamilton.
(Due to limited staffing, please allow up to 6 weeks for a response to research inquiries.)
Through the efforts of Standley Goodwin, selected
are now available online.
A partial list includes:
“Marblehead in the Year 1700” by Sidney Perley
“A Short History of Marblehead” by Jonathan H. Orne
“The Orne Papers” a presentation by Standley Goodwin
“Disasters at Sea,- Sept 19, 1846” Sermon by Rev. Edward A. Lawrence
“Plan of Marblehead Mass.” 1850,
by Henry Mc Intyre
The Louis Russell Genealogy
These documents from the MMHS Archives are available as PDF downloads. All are under 10 megabytes.
(requires Adobe Reader )