Due to COVID-19 containment efforts, the Oak Bluffs Public Library's closure has been extended to May 4, 2020. Please visit our online resources and Facebook page for at-home service ideas

Digital Oak Bluffs Archives

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MACRIS (Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System)

A free database offered by the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Please read instructions carefully for searching guidelines.


National Museum of African American History and Culture

An introduction to the historical significance of African Americans in Oak Bluffs. Curator Kevin Strait of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture shares a special behind-the-scenes view into The Power of Place exhibit: Oak Bluffs and the Shearer Theater. Covered in the video are the histories of the African American community and architecture, the vacation destination, as well as the Shearer Summer Theater.

African American Heritage Trail Resources and Projects

African American histories of Martha’s Vineyard

Explore this resource from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Library that links to articles, primary sources, student projects, and contemporary tours of African American Heritage on Martha’s Vineyard.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with the Reference Librarian for help with any of these resources, or research additonal information please contact:

Nina Ferry
508-693-9433 xt. 406