Archival Collections

Sturgis Library’s archival collections are housed in a climate-controlled archival storage room. The collection includes extremely rare and one-of-a-kind documents including over 2,000 early deeds from Cape Cod towns beginning in the 1620s, ships logs, whaling journals, manuscripts, family histories, diaries, letters and correspondence, cemetery records, photographs, historical documents, maps and charts, as well as the collection of personal and research papers of author and historian Henry Crocker Kittredge.

Historical materials related to the founding and development of the Sturgis Library are also kept here, as are original catalogs of the Library. To see the findings aids for our archival collections, click on the links below. The collections are available for in-library use or by contacting us at Fragile materials may have photocopying restrictions. For further information, please contact the Library directly at (508) 362-6636 or email

You can search the archives by name and subject using the CLAMS online catalog, or click on the finding aids below to find all the hidden treasures in our special collections.

Sturgis Library Archives Finding Aids