The Museum will close at 2:00 p.m. on December 5 and will be closed all day on December 6, December 24 and December 31.

Printed Material

The history of a community, as seen through its printed material, is more than its tax and vital records. It is also experienced through the entertainments it enjoyed and the businesses it supported: the postcards sent home, the theatrical performances attended, the stores patronized, the foreign places visited and the newspapers read.

This collection includes:

  • The published Vital Records of Gloucester and Rockport to 1850
  • Family Histories, Genealogies and Bibles
  • Histories of Cape Ann, Gloucester and Rockport
  • Maps and charts ranging from a 1750 nautical chart of the Caribbean Islands to a 2007 aerial view of Dogtown showing the trails and old house cellars
  • Postcards
  • Trade cards
  • Programs
  • Brochures
  • Guide books
  • Newspapers and magazines