Photography Collections


Atlantic Fisherman ~ More than 1,000 prints and negatives from Atlantic Fisherman monthly, from 1919 to the 1950s, documenting the fishing industry of the Northeast coast.

Carroll Thayer Berry ~ More than 9,000 negatives and slides and more than 4,000 prints, most of which illustrate waterfronts and boats of Maine’s Midcoast region in the 1950s and 1960s.

Everett “Red” Boutilier ~ The archives of a free-lance photographer and journalist from Bremen, Maine, whose tireless work ethic produced more than 20,000 negatives and prints with a strong focus on boats and their builders of Midcoast Maine.

Joanna Colcord ~ More than 700 glass and cellulose negatives depicting scenes around the world, taken at the turn of the twentieth century by Colcord, the daughter of a famous Searsport sea captain and author/collector of an important book of sailors’ songs. Also in the collection is a 300-page scrapbook detailing her travels.

Charles Coombs ~ Six albums and over 700 glass plate negatives shot by a local undertaker, depicting Coombs family life as well as Belfast and nearby towns.

Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. ~ Nearly 50,000 glass plate negatives made by photographers for a publisher of “real photo” postcards in Belfast, Maine, depicting towns, cities and countryside in Maine and elsewhere in New England and Upstate New York.

David Lindsay ~ 235 glass plate and film negatives taken by a professional photographer during the first half of the 20th century, primarily of Lincoln County, Maine, and also including buildings and street views of Boston, Massachusetts, and Burlington, Vermont.

Maine Sardine Council ~ More than 2,500 photographs compiled by an independent state agency between 1951 and 1998. Includes images of sardine fishing, production and canning activities and promotional images, some by the well-known photographer Kosti Ruhomaa.

Elmer Montgomery ~ More than 700 negatives by a talented amateur photographer and model-maker from Rockland, Maine, depicting waterfronts, ships, and boat- and shipbuilding in the Midcoast region during the 1930s and 1940s.

Ruth Montgomery ~ Almost 500 glass plate negatives documenting the life and travels of a sea captain’s daughter from Boothbay, Maine.

William Parse ~ 120 glass plate negatives, most of Searsport and nearby towns around the turn of the 20th century, believed to have been taken by Captain William Parse. The images include portraits, family outings, parades, street and water views.

James Perkins ~ 530 images, mostly on glass plate negatives, taken by a Kennebec River steamboat captain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. River scenes, boats, portraits, people and social scenes around Popham Beach, Maine.

Searsport Sea Captains ~ 284 photographs of sea captains who lived in Searsport, Maine, compiled by Colonel Frederick Frazier Black (1876-1953). Includes biographical information.

Frederick Ross Sweetser ~ Nearly 400 glass plate negatives of family life and local scenes by a Searsport music teacher, uncle to Joanna Colcord and former resident of one of the museum’s historic buildings.

Preston Williams ~ 184 glass plate and film negatives and prints of Bangor around the turn of the 20th century, most of which are believed to have been taken by Preston Williams, a locally-well-known amateur photographer. The collection also contains work of a few other photographers, including Leyland Whipple.