One of the Marblehead Historical Commission’s roles is to catalog and maintain an archive of Marblehead-related items, primarily items donated to the Town. These items are cataloged and stored in Abbot Hall. The Historical Commission archives presently contain in excess of 15,000 catalog entries.
The Commission’s Catalog uses PastPerfect software and categorizes archival items as one of the following: Objects, Photographs, Archives (paper items, except books), or Library. Many of the Catalog entries include images of the item, which are water-marked and low-resolution.
- “Archives” include unpublished materials, albums, booklets, cards, catalogs, currency, deeds, drawings, file folders, handbills, legal papers, magazines, manuscripts, maps, music, newsletters, newspapers, notebooks, oral and written histories, pamphlets, plaques, poems, post cards, posters, prints, proclamations, programs, receipts, scrapbooks, videos, personal papers.
- “Objects” include: art, archaeology, natural history, geology and historical objects
- “Library items” include: books, booklets and yearbooks
- “Photos” include: prints, slides, negatives, and glass plates
The Historical Commission maintains on on-line catalog of almost all of the items in our archives, which can be easily accessed and searched on the internet.
Click here to search the Historical Commission Catalog, or use the Search Catalog button on any page. Note that advanced search functionality can be limited on smart phones. Use a browser on a computer or tablet to access advanced search functionality.