The Cape Ann Museum is thrilled to announce that its Library & Archives' Digital Collections site is now live! At this link, you can now use this Digital Archive and Catalog, Quartex, to see some of the great items within the Museum's Library & Archives collection from outside the Museum's walls.


Consisting of an ever-growing number of manuscripts, photographs, maps, publications, sail plans, ships logbooks, and additional resources, this new digital collections management platform places the collections of the Library & Archives online, providing worldwide access to these holdings for the very first time. 


Digital open access is important to the Museum. In fact, the public launch today is over two years in the making and thanks to the engagement of numerous volunteers as well as anonymous generous support that has allowed the Museum to hire new colleagues, and also facilitate the purchase of new equipment to assist with bringing these collections online. Concurrent to these efforts, a similar project is underway within the Museum's fine and decorative arts holdings, the initial results of which are expected to be made available in spring 2024. 


While regularly shared through online exhibits and in the online periodical CAM Connects, most Library & Archives collections have remained relatively hidden to date, primarily accessible in person. The new digital collections system intends to change this and share these important holdings to a new group of researchers while also providing a convenient investigative tool for regular Library & Archives users. 


The collections included in this initial launch cover a broad mix of themes and material types, including over 12,000 photographs from the Gloucester Daily Times Photograph Collection, which will be highlighted in the upcoming exhibition, Above the Fold: The Photographers of the "Gloucester Daily Times," 1973-2005 opening December 2, 2023. Other featured collections already online include selections from the Folly Cove Designers Collection; Ships Logbook Collection; E.L. Rowe Sail Plans; Herman W. Spooner Photographs; Moorland Hotel and Motor Inn Collection; and the catalog for the Vincent Ferrini Library Collection. Browse these, and all collections, here.


To learn more, CAM's Digital Library Assistant Catherine Miller recently presented the work that has gone into bringing the Library & Archives online through Quartex, seen here. 


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Two of the Museum's scanners that have aided in the digitization of its collections for this new site. (Left) Opus Bookeye 4 V2 Color 600 dpi Scanner for bound or larger format documents and (right) the EPSON 12000XL Photo Scanner.