Collaborative efforts between the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Digital Commonwealth, in partnership with the Boston Public Library (BPL), have resulted in the Research Library, home of the world's largest whaling logbook and journal collection, the ability to digitize its assets.

In an effort to expand access to the widest audience possible, digital surrogates of the Library's logbooks, journals and nautical charts appear not only on the Museum's website (EXPLORE > LIBRARY) but also through the Internet Archive and the Digital Commonwealth.

The dispersal of locations across the Internet promotes the Library's holdings and increase accessibility to the collection, while at the same time providing several locations for the preservation of the Museum’s digital assets. 

Sample logbook: Alfred Gibbs (Ship), KWM 13. We currently host 55 Logbooks & Journals on our site.

Last modified: January 14, 2014