New Bedford Whaling Museum

Folger's Whale from Monticello logbook 1853
William A. Folger, illustration from a journal kept onboard the ship Monticello of Nantucket, 1851-1853 (New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library Collection)

The New Bedford Whaling Museum’s campus is well-positioned to host this week-long workshop. Sessions will occur in the Museum’s newly built Wattles Jacobs Education Center, which will include a spacious, climate-controlled meeting space, expansive harbor views, and modern technology, including Wi-Fi and interactive digital screens.

Grimshaw-Gudewicz Reading Room and Archives
The library holdings consist of 18,000 published titles in ten languages documenting American and international whaling history, voyages and travels, exploration, natural history, the local history of the Old Dartmouth regions including New Bedford, Fairhaven, Acushnet, Dartmouth and Westport, Massachusetts and New England regional history.

The archival collections consist of 1700 linear feet of manuscript materials documenting a range of New Bedford and regional industries including textile manufacturing, cordage manufacturing, tool manufacturing, banking (1825-1936), business papers, whaling and merchant shipping, modern mechanized whaling, biographical collections (1668-1977), whaling agents’ papers, whaling history, local history (1787-1970), and firefighting. It also includes 2300 individual maritime logbooks and journals, many of which have supporting agents’ business papers. The bulk of the logbook and journal collection documents American whaling (1754-1925) although British, Australian, Norwegian and Azorean voyages are also included. This is the largest and finest collection of whaling logbooks and journals in the world and the largest collection of banking records of any American archive.

Library Hours
Tuesday through Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
First Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Librarian Mark Procknik: (508) 997-0046 ext. 134, or mprocknik@whalingmuseum.org.