HSOY welcomes the use of our Library and Archives by scholars,
researchers, and genealogists. Our
staff, however, is quite limited and we rely mostly on volunteers to
assist researchers. Whether
you intend to visit in person, or contact us by mail, please read the
following guidelines carefully to ensure success.
a Visit to the HSOY Library & Archives
The HSOY Library & Archives are now located at the Gorham Cobbler Shop
located behind the Post Office on 6A and are open to the public on
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 am – 3:00 pm. A phone call to 508.362.3021
is absolutely essential to plan your research visit. With advance
notification, we can be certain we have materials that you might be
looking for, and we can also ensure the presence of a volunteer to
assist you. In certain circumstances an appointment must be made if
extensive research is involved.
Bring as much relevant information with
you as possible. If you are researching
a house or family, then bring all of the names, dates, and addresses
that you have available.
Researchers must sign in and out of the
Cobbler Shop and be willing to provide
name, address, and identification.
Coats, bags, and other belongings are to be
left in a designated area.
Food, beverages, and smoking are prohibited
in the Cobbler Shop.
Staff will retrieve all materials.
Researchers are not allowed in the Archival
Researchers may have only one box of
materials at a time. Care must be
taken to ensure that materials within boxes and folders are kept in
White cotton gloves must be worn when
handling photographs and fragile
Pencils only are to be used for note taking.
Materials do not circulate. Items are not to
be removed from the Cobbler Shop.
Manuscripts that are reproduced, quoted, or cited, will be credited as
of the collection]”, Historical Society of Old Yarmouth.”
We are happy to accept your query by mail
and, in fact, with a small space and a small staff, this is sometimes
the preferred method.
Be specific about what information you
are trying to obtain.
Please provide us with as much information
as possible. For instance, if you are researching your genealogy and you
need information on William Crowell, then you need to tell us what you
know about William Crowell, his wife, children, occupation, and any
dates associated with him. As in most New England towns, names are used
repeatedly generation after generation and there may literally be dozens
of William Crowells.
Expect around 4 weeks for a response.
At this time, we do not charge for
researching a query. We will bill you for any
associated photocopying at 25 cents per page and will include the bill
in your response. Donations, however, are gratefully accepted and help
us to continue to expand our holdings.
You may contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by snail mail at HSOY, P.O. Box 11, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675.
you have done genealogy on a Yarmouth family or researched a business,
ship, or any subject relating to this town, then we would love to know
about it. We will be
happy -- and grateful -- to place a copy of your research in our Library
& Archives and add it to our expanding body of information about
Yarmouth. Please contact us!
Historical Society of Old Yarmouth provides photographic copies of images
and artifacts in its collection at the discretion of the staff.
Copies may be purchased for research purposes alone or for
publication. Photographs may
not be removed from the premises.
or Research Use
for personal or research use are $5.00 plus the cost of the
duplication. The following
options are offered:
laser print, $2.00
reproduction, $2.00 and
reproduction which, depending on size, runs from $7 to $12.
Photographic copies of items from the
Historical Society of Old Yarmouth collections may be reproduced only
with the written permission of the Administrator. All publications must
include a credit line reading (Historical Society of Old Yarmouth,
Yarmouth Port, MA) and a copy of the publication must be given to
or non-profit use of single image is $25.
use of a single image, such as in a book, calendar, motion picture,
advertisement or magazine is $50.
has some items in its research collection for which it does not own the
copyright. These items are not
to be reproduced. The customer
assumes responsibility for all copyright issues that may arise from the
creation of reproductions.
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The Historical Society of Old Yarmouth, PO Box 11, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675