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The Marblehead Museum Archives are housed with the Museum Offices at 170 Washington Street. Available to scholars and researchers, the well-catalogued Archives are a treasure house of personal papers, books, journals, genealogical materials and over 20,000 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.

Appointments recommended.

Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Research fee $15, Free to members.
Call 781-631-1768 or email:
(Due to limited staffing, please allow up to 6 weeks for a response to research inquiries.)


Through the efforts of Volunteer and Board Member,  Standley Goodwin, selected  Archival Documents about Marblehead History are now available online. Additional documents are available in our Online Collection by clicking on the black and white photo to the right.