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William Otis Sawtelle Collections and Research Center

 
Acadia National Park staff and advisors standing in front of the original park administrative building
Acadia National Park staff and advisors standing in front of the original park administrative building, 1938.

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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 related to the Town of Cranberry Isles, as well as the natural, cultural and administrative history of Acadia National Park and Saint Croix Island International Historic Site.

Due to Covid-19, the center is currently closed to the public.
Prospective researchers can contact the Curator with questions here.
Please note research inquiries and requests may take up to one month.


You can visit Acadia's NP Gallery online digital museum portal showcasing a selection of our historic objects and archives.

 

About Our Collections

 

Our natural history collections include, but are not limited to: William H. Procter Invertebrate Collection, Ralph Long Ornithological Slide Collection, Harold White Odonata Collection, Daniel T. Jennings Arachnid Collection, Acadia National Park Bioblitz Collections.

Our cultural history collections include, but are not limited to: Cranberry Isles Collection, William Otis Sawtelle Collection, U.S. Lifesaving Station Collection, Carroll Homestead Collection, Saint Croix Island International Historic Site Records Collection, Islesford Wharf Islesford Collection Inc., Winter Harbor Naval Security Group Activity Collection.

Our archival collections include, but are not limited to: Acadia National Park Resource Management Records, George B. Dorr Personal Papers Collection, Leo Grossman Papers, Arthur Stupka Papers, Orinthological Papers of Barbara Patterson.

 
 
 
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William Otis Sawtelle Collection

Selected objects from the collection.

image of George B. Dorr and park advisors at jordan pond

Herbert W. Gleason Collection

Historic glass plate and nitrate negatives.

audio files

Historic Audio Files and Interviews

Songs, stories, interviews and oral histories from Acadia's past.

Last updated: January 27, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone:

(207) 288-3338

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