Special Collections

Local History Collection

Microfilm Collection

Maps and Atlas Collection 

Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library Archives 

Gloucester Vertical Files

Newspaper Collection

Gloucester History research Guides

Compiled by the Gloucester Archive Committee and Archive Volunteers the Research Guides are intended to facilitate the study of various subjects relating to Gloucester History.  The Gloucester History Research Guides can be found on the Gloucester City Archives website.

Finding Aids

Finding Aids are documents containing detailed information and narrative description of the contents of a specific collection of papers or records within an archive.  Finding aids for collections relating to Gloucester and Cape Ann history are available at the Gloucester City Archives and the Cape Ann Museum. 

Archival Collections at the Gloucester City Archives 

Archival Collections at the Cape Ann Museum 

NOBLE Digital Heritage

NOBLE Digital Heritage, a project of the North of Boston Library Exchange, Inc. (NOBLE) and its member libraries, is a collection of resources documenting the rich social and cultural history of local communities. Digital Heritage allows patrons to search across the digital special collections of sixteen member libraries. The Sawyer Free Library has contributed the following collections to the digital initiative: 

List of Vessels Belonging to the District of Gloucester, 1869-1908

Gloucester City Directories 1860-1993  

Gloucester High School Yearbooks, 1923-2013

Gloucester Oral History Collection

Gloucester Postcard Collection

Gloucester Map Collection


Books Related to Cape Ann and Gloucester History

General History and Guide Books




Gloucester Fishermen and Fishing Industry


Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library


Poetry and Poets



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