REBECCA CHASE HERRESHOFF LIBRARY
The Rebecca Chase Herreshoff Library is the primary research resource and repository of manuscripts of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company (1863-1945) and the Herreshoff family--a collection that includes five thousand texts, three thousand images (glass-plate negatives, photographs, etchings, prints), an estimated fifteen thousand archival quality media (rare books, publications, letters, drawings), plus video, film and audiotapes. The Library also includes media from important yachting and America's Cup collections, including those of the Herreshoff family, Briggs S. Cunningham, J. E. Roosevelt, Charles Moody, Edward I. du Moulin, and Stanley Livingston, Jr.
The Library's computerized card catalog currently consists of approximately 5,000 books and periodicals. Cataloging, housing and preserving of this collection is ongoing and has been funded in part by the generous support of the Champlin Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. We are also extremely grateful to individual donors and supporters.
In addition to the general collection, the Library is home to a unique America's Cup Archive, containing clippings, correspondence, photos, and other ephemera. Much of this material has been donated to the Library by members of the America's Cup Hall of Fame, making this collection a truly rare research resource.
Because of the rarity of our collection, we do not circulate our holdings. The Library and Archives are, however, available for research by appointment. Visitors should make an appointment with Librarian & Archivist Norene Rickson; please call 401-253-5000 or email n.rickson(at)herreshoff.org to schedule.
The Museum offers an online archive of The Chronicle newsletters, published from 1979 to 2001. Please click here to access the list of archived editions of The Chronicle. The Museum publishes a digital newsletter called The Current, (November 2010 - present). Please click here to access The Current archives.
Research service is also offered, subject to availability of Library or Curatorial staff. All research requests must be submitted in writing.
There is no charge for inquiries as to whether the library or archives have information on a particular boat, person or topic. For boat information requests, please provide as much information as possible, including boat name, year built, HMCo. number, vessel type.
A flat fee of $10.00, non-refundable and payable in advance, is charged to respond to all basic research requests. This service is provided at no cost to museum members. Requests involving substantial amounts of research time will be charged at an additional hourly rate of $30.00 per hour ($20.00 for museum members). This work will be quoted in advance before the work is undertaken. Payment must be received before research is undertaken. Additional fees are listed below:
Scanning (documents): $2.00/page
Transfer to CD: $5.00
Postage (US) and handling:
1 to 10 pages: $2.50
11 to 25 pages: $5.00
26+ pages: $10.00
The Herreshoff Marine Museum maintains photographic files of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, the Herreshoff family, boats manufactured by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and Herreshoff Marine Museum events. Scans of these photos are available for purchase for personal use. Commercial clients (see definition below) should contact Curatorial Associate Evelyn Ansel at e.ansel(at)herreshoff.org for licensing information and costs.
Scan (PDF, JPEG or TIF): $25.00 plus $5.00 for CD.
Commercial clients are those companies or persons who will be using images in printed pieces, on CD or DVD, on film or in documentaries, online or in any project where Museum images or objects will be used for anything other than personal use.
Payment can be made by credit card or check payable to the Herreshoff Marine Museum. Payment must be received before material is sent. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing of research requests. Proceeds are used to support the maintenance and operation of the Museum’s library and archives.
Note: The user of this material assumes all responsibility for issues of copyright and for securing copyright clearance.