Digital Collections - New Bedford Whaling Museum

Digital Collections

Existing and emerging digital technologies affect how we envision our library and deliver educational programs. Digital scholarship at the Museum develops and collaborates on projects that seek to engage a wide audience.

Digital Collection

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Existing and emerging digital technologies affect how we envision and deliver our collections. Digital Engagement at the Museum develops and collaborates on projects that seek to reach a wider audience.

  • Create and use tools that support digital access and scholarly activities.
  • Integrate digital tools and methods with traditional scholarly research.
  • Create shared spaces, both virtual and physical, where research and learning can take place.


Project Links

Old Weather: Whaling

A citizen science project aimed at gathering historic weather measurements and other data from ship logs focusing on observations of sea ice.

Whaling History

Connecting all things whaling. A New Bedford Whaling Museum and Mystic Seaport Museum collaboration.

Whaling Crewlist Database

The completed database includes 127,531 records and spans the years 1809 to 1927. It provides the names and descriptions of men leaving the port of New Bedford on whaling voyages.

The Voyage of the Ship Horatio, 1850-51

A story map based on Horatio Hathaway’s logbook from his first voyage as a merchant in the China Trade – Christina Sewall, Geographic Information System (GIS) consultant.

Introduction to Whaling Logbooks and Journals

A detailed explanation of the things that are found in typical whaling logbook or journal entries, written by Museum intern Rachel Adler.

A hypertext, annotated edition of Herman Melville’s work The Encantadas; or, Enchanted Isles (1856) that aims to create a simple, direct reading/teaching interface.

Explore more digital content on: Flickr, Digital Commonwealth, and Internet Archive

Online Collections

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New Bedford Whaling Museum Online Collections Database

The library holdings consist of 18,000 published titles in ten languages documenting American and international whaling history, voyages and travels, exploration, natural and  local history.

Digital Commonwealth

Logbooks, journals, nautical charts

Internet Archive