Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library

2 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA. Photograph by Steve Rosenthal


The mission of the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library is to inspire lifelong learning, foster intellectual curiosity, and strengthen the community. The Library aspires to be a hub of learning, a place where arts and culture thrive, where its history is preserved and cherished, and where all are welcome.

The Library houses the Local History Collection, which focuses on the history of Gloucester Cape Ann, Massachusetts, and its people. The collection contains town histories, genealogy materials, City Annual Reports (1874–2001), city directories (1860-1993), high school yearbooks (1923–2017), local industry resources, a research vertical file, and a local authors’ collection. The Library provides access to the Gloucester Daily Times (1888–present) and other local newspapers.

The Local History Collection also contains the Charles Olson Collection of poetry by that American poet and the T. S. Eliot Collection, which contains photographs, newspapers clippings, and correspondence relating to Eliot.

The Sawyer Free Library serves as a portal to Gloucester and Cape Ann history through its website, online access to searchable databases and collaboration with NOBLE Digital Heritage and Digital Commonwealth. Through these collaborations the Library has digitized maps of Gloucester and Cape Ann, the Gloucester Postcard Collection, the Gloucester Oral History Collection and Lists of Vessels Belonging to the District of Gloucester (1869–1908).

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