The Gale Huntington Research Library
The Gale Huntington Library functions as both a research library and archive for the Martha's Vineyard 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 Huntington's Library's photo archive contains approximately 50,000 images, 600 stereographs, and 400 daguerreotypes.
The library is currently closed as staff moves all collections and operations to our new campus in Vineyard Haven. If you have a question for our Research Librarian, please e-mail Bow Van Riper or call 508-627-4441 x115. We will do our best to reply to your inquiry, but cannot guarantee a quick response due to the inability to access some necessary materials. We appreciate your understanding, and look forward to serving you in Vineyard Haven soon!