William Otis Sawtelle Collections and Research Center
Located in Bar Harbor at Park Headquarters, the center is dedicated to William Otis Sawtelle, founder of the Islesford Historical Museum on Little Cranberry Island. The center houses historic artifacts, archival documents, and natural history specimens. The collection represents the natural and cultural history of Acadia National Park, Saint Croix Island International Historic Site, the Carroll Homestead of Southwest Harbor, George B. Dorr, one of the founding fathers of Acadia, the Town of Cranberry Isles, "New France," and the administrative history of Acadia and Saint Croix.
The center is open to researchers by appointment only.
Access to the collection for scientific research, genealogical study, or development of a publication is permitted. Prospective researchers should contact the Curator for an appointment.
To arrange an appointment to conduct research fill out a research request form.
Over a four-year period, National Park Service staff and volunteers completed a project to catalog more than 120,000 historic items. The project was funded through the Federal Lands Recreational Enhancement Act. The following collections were processed during this ambitions project: