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Welcome to the Digital Archive!

The Southwest Harbor Public Library Digital Archive contains historic photographs, documents, maps, and research material given to and shared with the library since about 1900. The Archive illustrates the way people, places, businesses, vessels, structures, organizations, and events relate to one another and tells the story of how islanders and “people from away” lived on and visited Mount Desert Island, Maine, in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.

NEW! Thanks to a grant from the Hinckley Company, we have added 1,400 new Hinckley related images to the Digital Archive.  The images are of sail and motor yachts, working boats, and vessels Hinckley built for the military during WWII (in 1942, the company received the Army-Navy “E” Award for excellence in production of war equipment). Many of the photos show boats under construction and under sail off the waters of Mount Desert Island.

FUN! See more detail in nearly 200 zoomable maps and zoomable images.

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