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Photo Collection

The photograph collection contains over 5000 photos of Woods Hole and Quissett going back to the 1850s, including family albums and photos, village scenes, boats, yachts, steamships, pictures of the early days of the scientific community starting in the 1880s with the U.S. Fish Commission and the Marine Biological Laboratory, as well as albums showing MBL activities in the 1920s and 1930s.

Dorothy I. Crossley Photograph Collection

Dottie Crossley, by Richard S. Taylor In January 2022, the museum received an extensive collection of photographs from longtime summer Woods Hole resident, Dorothy (Dottie) Crossley, who passed ...

The Baldwin Coolidge Collection

The Baldwin Coolidge Collection A prized part of the photo archive is the Baldwin Coolidge Collection. Mr. Coolidge was a Boston photographer who worked extensively in the Woods ...

The Eaton Collection and New Accessions

The Eaton Collection and New Accessions by Susan F. Witzell During the summer we were presented with a wonderful collection of photos taken by Elizabeth (Betty) Eaton. Mrs. ...

Winter Storms, 2015

Winter Storms of 2015 The long and brutal winter of 2015 resulted in many spectacular photographs and an exhibit at the museum. Here are some photos and two short ...

The MBL at 125

During the summer of 2013, the Museum hosted an exhibit honoring the Marine Biological Laboratory for 125 years in Woods Hole.

Archives Info

The Museum Archives are open for research year round on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9:00am to 1:00pm and by appointment. Appointments are encouraged.

To reach the archivist, Colleen Hurter, email

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