Archives & Special Collections

2 Vestal Street,
Nantucket, MA 02554
(508) 228-9219

Housed in the former schoolhouse of William Mitchell, the Maria Mitchell Association preserves artifacts relating to Maria Mitchell and the history of Nantucket in its Archives and Special Collections. You’ll find Maria Mitchell’s manuscripts, 19th century scientific books with handsome illustrations, contemporary scientific journals, the personal and professional papers of members of the Mitchell Family, and the records of the Maria Mitchell Association.

Currently, the library is open by appointment only to researchers needing access to certain books and documents. To schedule an appointment, email Jascin Finger Curator at jfinger@mariamitchell.org.

Maria Mitchell Association Collections

  1. Maria Mitchell Papers (PDF)
  2. Mitchell Family Papers (PDF)
  3. Mitchell Memorabilia Microfilm (PDF)
  4. Maria Mitchell’s Personal Library (PDF)

For more information on access to these collections, email Jascin Finger, Curator at jfinger@mariamitchell.org

Maria Mitchell’s Personal Library

Maria Mitchell Library

Maria Mitchell Library

This collection is held by the Maria Mitchell Association in the Archives and Special Collections. Most of the books owned by Maria Mitchell were left by her to her younger brother Henry Mitchell who then bequeathed them to the Maria Mitchell Association (MMA). This collection has been processed by volunteer and rare book cataloger Maris Humphries, under the direction of the Mitchell House, Archives, and Special Collections Curator, Jascin N. Leonardo Finger. The ability to process the catalog and place it on our website has been generously donated by the M. S. Worthington Foundation through a grant. The MMA is eternally grateful for this assistance.

The catalog of the books is extensive. We have only provided the author, title, and date here in order to provide a brief overview of the books in the collection. The listing is arranged alphabetically by author. In the near future, we hope to provide more details on the website, as well as a searchable catalog but currently we are limited. Should you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact the curator who can provide you with more information concerning the book(s) in the collection, including the Special Collection books which are not listed on this PDF and include books on Nantucket, astronomy, and the natural sciences which date from the seventeenth century through the early twentieth century.

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