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The Daily Genealogist: Provincetown History Preservation Project

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Provincetown History Preservation Project, Massachusetts

Provincetown is located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, at the very tip of Cape Cod. The Provincetown History Project was "conceived by Town Hall staff and concerned citizens . . .  to preserve important historical documents in the Town's care through the process of digitization, thereby assuring greater access to the information." The project initially focused its preservation efforts on documents and images that were part of the Provincetown Heritage Museum, which closed its doors in 1999.

View the project's extensive collections by browsing or performing a search. Click the Browse link to view the alphabetical list of collections, including Annual Town Reports, Moving Picture & Oral History, Municipal Collection, School Collection, and Stand Alone Documents.

Annual Town Reports: This collection covers the period from 1870 through 1979. These reports include vital records information, in addition to information related to the town's schools, politics and government, and Board of Selectmen.

Moving Picture & Oral History Collection: In collaboration with Provincetown Community Television (PTV), home movies and oral histories have been made available through this project. The items vary in length and may take a long time to load.

Municipal Collection: This digital collection is a sampling of the historical materials in the Municipal Collection in the Town Clerk's Office. Many of the items were found in the basement storage area in Provincetown Town Hall in 2007. This digital collection includes a number of photography collections, Records of Drowning at Sea, 1906 Schooner Records, Burial Location of War Veterans, Provincetown-Truro Boundary Letter (1714), Vessels/Companies and their tonnage 1884, Merchant Sailing and Motor Vessels 1918 & 1920, Winthrop Street Cemetery epitaphs, and the Provincetown High School Yearbook of 1907.

School Collection: This collection comprises materials related to the Provincetown School system. It includes digitized high school yearbooks and commencement programs from 1924 through 2013, when Provincetown High School was closed.

Stand Alone Documents: Items in this collection include Provincetown directories, a whaling log, cemetery records, list of Civil War Soldiers and Sailors (1861-1865), list of fishermen lost at sea between 1879 and 1984, photographs, postcards, maps, and memoirs.

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