Research at The Atwood Museum

Quick Links

Policies and Fees regarding use of our materials, click here.

Permission Form for reproducing any of our materials, click here (PDF).

Contact our Archivist via Online Request: Please let us know of your interest in advance of your visit to do some research. Click here to submit your request.

Online Catalog: to search an online catalog of our collections, click here.

Online Resources: for a list of other research resources available on our website, click here.

Finding Aids for a few Chatham people of interest: click here.

The Library: see information on this page, below.

Genealogy: see information on this page, below.

Research Facilities

The Society has an extensive library of books and pamphlets about Cape Cod in general and Chatham in particular. We have other records, such as real estate tax records from early in the 19th century to the present, Chatham newspapers from the middle 19th century through the first half of the 20th century, old letters, photographs, ships logs, ledgers, and similar archives.

With the completion of the recent expansion and renovation in 2005, the museum now has a separate Research Room that provides ample space and equipment for those who wish to make use of our archival material. One key feature is computer access in this room to all of our archival files.

The society also has several collections of papers belonging to members of the Chatham Community. These collections have been arranged and entered into our computer. Visitors are invited to come to the museum to use the collections in our research center.

All of the facilities and archives of the Museum are available to interested persons by appointment. If you wish to use the Research Facilities, please see the online Research Request Form page, or call send an email to

Use of the Library

The Library is a Reference Library Collection, that is, books are not loaned out. Because the library room is occasionally used as a conference room, we request that you please call (508) 945-2493, if you wish to visit the Museum to use the Library resources.


The best source of genealogy of Chatham families is in The Eldredge Public Library, but the Society has the complete genealogy of the Nickerson, Eldredge, and Atwood families and additional information on many other families. These resources are available to interested persons by appointment, using the Research Request Form.

Additionally, much of our genealogical information can be searched using the American Ancestors website, by clicking on the Search button in the upper left corner of the menu bar and searching in All Databases.