59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

A Finding Aid to the Nantucket Tourism Collection, 1873-1964, undated

Descriptive Summary

RepositoryMartha's Vineyard Museum, Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
Call NumberRU 429
TitleNantucket tourism collection
Date1873-1964, undated
Extent1 box + 1/2 box (0.756 cubic feet)
LanguageThe materials are in English.
AbstractThe collection consists of printed ephemera dating from the late 1800s to the 1960s, including, pamphlets, brochures, leaflets, serials, maps and small publications related to the tourist industry on the island of Nantucket.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use and Reproduction Restrictions

Requests to reproduce material from this collection should be directed to the library's staff. Reproduction fees may apply.

Preferred Citation

Martha's Vineyard Museum, RU 429, Nantucket Tourism Collection.

Acquisition Information

The materials in this collection were acquired from various sources, including: viewbook, Souvenir of Nantucket, gift of Doris Walker in 1987, (Accession no. 1987.071); viewbook, 106 Views of Nantucket; Town, Island and County…, gift of Thomas Thatcher in 1988, (Accession no. 1988.071); two leaflets, "The Whaling Museum," gift of Dorothy Jernegan in 1993, (Accession no. 1993.027); brochure, Nantucket, gift of Mrs. Upton Thomas in 1984 (Accession no. 1984.075).

Publication Information

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Insley Julier in December 2012. Machine-encoded by Nathaniel Janick April 2014.

 Creation of this finding aid was sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Index Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • Nantucket Agricultural Society
  • Nantucket Historical Association
  • New Bedford, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamboat Line
  • New England Steamship Company
  • New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad Company
  • Whaling Museum (Nantucket, Mass.)


  • Brochures
  • Guidebooks
  • Leaflets
  • Maps
  • Pamphlets
  • Periodicals
  • Publications
  • Viewbooks

Geographic Name(s)

  • Nantucket Island (Mass.)
  • Nantucket (Mass.)--Description and travel
  • Nantucket (Mass.)--Guidebooks
  • Nantucket (Mass.)--History
  • Nantucket (Mass.)--Maps
  • Nantucket (Mass.)--Pictorial works
  • Nantucket (Mass.)--Poetry

Biography/Historical Note

The island of Nantucket, located off the south-east coast of Massachusetts has been a tourist destination since the mid-19th century. As the whaling industry declined, the tourist industry expanded, with visitors intrigued by Herman Melville's description of the island in Moby Dick. Nantucket's maritime history has been preserved by the Nantucket Historical Association and other local museums, while the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1934, remains active in promoting island businesses associated with the tourist economy. Temperate weather, pristine beaches, old architecture and rich history continue to attract visitors to the island to this day.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of printed pamphlets, brochures, leaflets, serials, maps and small publications related to the island of Nantucket dating from the late 1800s to the 1960s. Many of the items in the collection were issued by the Nantucket Historical Association, the town Information Bureau or the ferry and railroad lines which served the island. Most of the materials are illustrated with prints; some by well-known illustrators and publishers, such as John Held, 1947- (illustrator) and L. Prang & Co. (publisher), and others with stock photographs reproduced using photomechanical processes. Although these materials were acquired from a variety of sources, they were gathered together by a previous staff member to form an artificial collection on Nantucket.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Collection Contents


Transactions of the Nantucket Agricultural Society (periodical), 1873, 1875 


Souvenir of Nantucket (viewbook), 1881 or after 


"Nantucket at Sea" (leaflet), circa 1885 


Nantucket in a Nutshell (pamphlet), 1889 


Ye Ballade of Olde Nantucket, 1746 (book), 1892 


A Rhyme of Nantucket, by a Native (pamphlet), 1895 


"Nantucket as a Summer Home," The Morning Mercury (periodical), 1899 


Quaint Rhymes of Ancient Nantucket (book), early 1900s 


Nantucket Island, Massachusetts: "Where Summer is Five Septembers Long" (brochures), early 1900s 


Nantucket Island, Massachusetts: An Ideal Health and Vacation Resort (brochure), early 1900s 


Nantucket, An Island in the Ocean (brochure), 1906 


Quaint Old Nantucket, Sea Cliff Inn (brochure), 1906 or after 


Images from the Inquirer and Mirror, 1908 or after 


106 Views of Nantucket; Town, Island and Country… (viewbook), 1911 


A Captain of the Vanished Fleet (book), 1915 


Nantucket (brochure), 1917 or after 


Guide to Nantucket (book), 1918 


"Argument Settlers"; What Has Happened on and Around Nantucket (book), 1920 


"Nantucket Island," Fall River Line Journal (periodical), 1924 


"Down to the Sea in Ships," The Outlook: An Illustrated Weekly of Current Life (periodical), 1924 


The Nantucket Informer (brochure), 1928 


Nantucket, by Walter Prichard Eaton (brochure), circa 1928 


This Week in Nantucket (periodicals), 1929 


Nantucket Island; A Delightful Health and Vacation Resort, Thirty Miles at Sea (brochures), between 1930s and 1940s, undated 


Trip to Nantucket DVD film, 1934 


"Centre Street Methodist Church" (leaflet), 1949 or after 


Nantucket Island Map: Setting Forth the History and Many Points of Interest (map), 1950s 


"Main Street, Nantucket Massachusetts: From the Head of the Square to the Monument" (leaflet), 1954 


"The Town of Nantucket" (leaflet), 1954 


The Nantucket Historical Association (brochures), 1954, 1956 


The Folk Art of the American Whaleman (periodical), 1955 


Whaling Museum (Nantucket, Mass.), 1955-1964, undated 


Rambles through the Historic Nantucket District (pamphlets), 1959, undated 


Nantucket (brochure), undated