Arranged by both subject matter and family name this collection provides insight into the daily lives of the people of Cape Ann, and elsewhere, through the pieces of paper they left behind such as letters, bills, business papers, cargo manifests, military enrollments, or their signature in a hotel register.

The manuscript collection includes:

  • Letters, memoirs and diaries
  • Financial papers and account books
  • Logbooks and vessel manifests
  • Military rolls, orders and awards
  • Hotel registers
  • Church records
  • Deeds
  • Association and club memberships and minutes