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Archives & Research

Archives are at the heart of the Manchester-by-the-Sea Museum.  As the only institution wholly dedicated to preserving and promoting Manchester-by-the-Sea’s past, the Museum, through its collections, serves as an essential resource for personal papers, photographs, records, etc., from across the town's history.  To provide public access to our repository, we make our archives available through research services.

Hours of Operation

Manchester-by-the-Sea Museum's Archivist is available to provide archives access, when the museum is open, during the following regular hours:
Tuesdays, 10 AM to 3 PM
Wednesdays, 10 AM to 3 PM
Thursdays, 10 AM to 3 PM

Advanced notice of visitation is welcome, but not required, during the listed hours.

For access outside the listed hours, please contact us for potential accommodation.

Archives access is subject to the fee schedule for research services.


The archives are located in the Museum's Abigail Hooper Trask House, and all physical mail pertinent to the archives should be addressed to:

Matthew Swindell

Manchester-by-the-Sea Museum

10 Union Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944

Requests can be made by the research request form on this page (preferred), email, phone, and in-person.


Phone: 978-526-7230

Requests will be answered Tuesday through Thursday when the archivist is present.

Submit a Research Request

Are You a Museum Member?
Are You a Student (with Valid Student ID)?

Thank you for your request.  We will contact you soon.

Research Services

The Museum welcomes public interest in its archives and collections, and its research services are designed to meet diverse researcher needs, accommodate students, and honor the support of our members.

Research in our archives may be conducted on the premises with the assistance of the archivist.  For remote access, the archivist may provide, through email, a research report and digitized materials using purchased time.

Fee Schedule

Per request, the Museum charges fees for archival access, through research services, at the following rates:


Members:  No charge for the first hour and $25/hour subsequently.

Non-Members:  $50 for the first hour and $25/hour subsequently.

Students:*  No charge for the first hour and $20/hour subsequently.

*Valid student ID required.

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