Archives & Research

Archives Catalogue:

Welcome to our improved digital archive catalogue!  Enjoy all the images and information as you browse for fun or research. It’s a work in progress (powered by Omeka; designed by George Soules AvantLogic, hosted by DowneastIT; and funded by  the Maine Arts Commission and GCIHS), so we’d appreciate your feedback.    Email or call 207.244.7800 with questions and suggestions, or contact us through the catalogue itself. We’re working on forging the links and relationships between artifacts in this robust digital archive, so bear with us and enjoy seeing it grow.

There’s plenty to explore including thousands of images. An archives assessment conducted in May 2017 by HistoryIT and the History Trust collaborative tabulated our  holdings:

§ 150 historical and ethnographic items including furniture, tools, and textiles
§ 50 individual ceramic and glass objects
§ 40 art objects
§ 400 photographs, all processes
§ 50 scrapbooks, albums, and pamphlets
§ 100 audio and video items, mostly oral histories
§ 60 linear feet of unbound archival records
§ 20 maps and other oversized items
§ 25 linear feet of unprocessed materials
§ 12 linear feet of bound volumes, including town records
§ 2,000 un-cataloged digital photos

Note:  GCIHS images may be used for non-profit purposes; please cite GCIHS as the source. Use in commercial endeavors requires permission.  Citations should read: Courtesy Great Cranberry Island Historical Society, Cranberry Isles, Maine, – with the catalogue number of the item/photo when possible.


Visit our Research section to investigate hundreds of topics. Most recently we’ve added two cemetery preservation projects  and a link to Lynne Birlem’s outstanding genealogy of MDI area families.

The History Trust

GCIHS is a member of the History Trust movement committed to stewarding and sharing regional historical collections. Explore the possibilities this History Trust collaborative is developing at   View and share the preservation quality images of the 75 items GCIHS loaned to History IT last summer here.  

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