The Gale Huntington Research Library
The Gale Huntington Library functions as both a research library and archive for the Martha's Vineyard Museum. Located at the MVM's campus in Edgartown, 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 open Tuesdays and Thursdays year round, 1-4pm or by appointment.
For research inquiries or to schedule an appointment, please contact Research Librarian Bow Van Riper at 508-627-4441 x115.
*** Please note, beginning in 2018 the library will be open by appointment only as staff begins the process of packing the collection for the move to the new museum. Please contact Research Librarian Bow Van Riper at 508-627-4441 x115 for more information or to schedule an appointment. We appreciate your understanding.
On-Site Research and Reference
Museum members and Island school children can research for free in the library. Non-member researchers are charged $7 per day in the summer; $6 in fall, winter, and spring. The library charges non-members $25 per hour for assistance with research. Museum members receive the first hour free and then are charged the $25 per hour rate for the second hour on. These prices do not include photocopying costs. Commercial publishers and large media organizations will be charged $50 per hour for research with a $100 non-refundable minimum paid in advance. Fees apply whether relevant information or images are found. Clients will be given an estimate of the amount of time necessary for the research ahead of time.
Off-Site Research and Reference
Our staff is also equipped to conduct research for and answer reference queries from long-distance patrons. The library charges $35 per hour for research for off-site patrons. Please direct all research and reference queries to our Research Librarian Bow Van Riper, 508-627-4441 x115. If e-mailing, please include your full name, phone number, and mailing address.
As of January 2012, the Martha's Vineyard Museum has taken over maintaining and adding to the growing collection of historical records related to Martha's Vineyard on history.vineyard.net. We appreciate your patience as we take the time to review, update, and add to the wealth of information here.