The Marblehead Historical Commission has initiated planning for a Town-wide shared Archival Facility. It is intended that this facility be a common repository for multiple town organizations with historical materials and artifacts. This facility is intended to address the need for :
- preservation of Marblehead’s historical records and archives by creating a secure, environmentally controlled facility
- a single site for researchers – who today must contact many organizations to find information about Marblehead’s history
More information about the Archival Facility can be found in the attached Marblehead Town-Wide Archive Study 2017-04-09.
We have engaged Michele Pacifico, a nationally recognized consultant on archival facilities, to conduct a planning project leading to a Master Plan for a Town-wide Archives. The Commission is able to do this thanks to a generous bequest of Ralph and Rita Terrien. The planning project is expected to take about 14 months and is composed of five phases:
- Determine the partners – organization selection
- Determine the organizational requirements for a shared archival facility
- Determine the programmatic requirements for a shared archival facility
- Evaluate potential sites for a future archival facility
- Prepare a Master Plan to create a town-wide archival facility
The project is being guided by a Selectmen appointed Archives Advisory Committee.
Project Phase I:
The first phase of the project has been essentially completed, with a Phase 1 Report Issued. Status of the planning project was reviewed with potential archives participants on Dec. 11, 2017.
The report and it’s appendices can be read and/or downloaded by clicking on these links:
Intermediate Phase II Status:
Archival Facility Requirements Document:
Status Presentation on the planning project presented to participating organizations on June 14, 2018