The Research Library
The Martha's Vineyard Museum Library functions as both a research library and archive for the Museum. The library collects rare books, pamphlets, manuscripts, and photographs that relate to Martha's Vineyard.
The research library holds approximately 5,000 books. It also possesses the largest collection of genealogical resources and records on the Island. The archive holds 550 linear feet of manuscripts, whaling logbooks, rare postcards, census records, Island newspapers, town and state records, and maritime business records and account books. The archive contains several special collections such as Revolutionary War documents, Native American collections, and approximately 500 maps and 400 nautical charts. The archive also houses the recordings and transcripts of the MVM's oral history collection. Finally, the Library's photo archive contains approximately 50,000 images, 600 stereographs, and 400 daguerreotypes.
Once the Museum opens, the library will be open Tuesday-Friday from 10am to 4pm. It is always helpful if you call/e-mail ahead, so our Research Librarian can have materials pulled for you. If you have a question or inquiry for our Research Librarian, please e-mail Bow Van Riper or call 508-627-4441 x115.