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The NOBLE Digital Heritage, a project of the North of Boston Library Exchange, Inc. (NOBLE) and our member libraries, was created to serve as a repository of resources that document the rich social and cultural history of our member communities. As of August, 2010, the NOBLE Digital Heritage is comprised of materials from nine member libraries including:

  • Beebe Memorial Library, Wakefield, MA
  • Beverly Public Library, Beverly, MA
  • Lynn Public Library, Lynn, MA
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Library, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
  • Peabody Institute Library, Peabody, MA
  • Reading Public Library, Reading, MA
  • Saugus Public Library, Saugus, MA
  • Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester, MA
  • Swampscott Public Library, Swampscott, MA

These libraries have contributed over 5400 items, primarily digital images, to the NOBLE Digital Heritage site. The original images date from the mid-nineteenth century to 2010. Additionally, the site includes a collection of oral history recordings related to the history of Cape Ann and a series of documents listing vessels that sailed from the port of Gloucester during the 19th and early 20th centuries.


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Copyright and Permissions

NOBLE, Inc. is responsible solely for presenting the online cultural resources of its member libraries. Member libraries are responsible for the observance of copyrights of all materials in their collections. United States copyright law expressly prohibits the copying of any protected materials, unless covered by doctrine of the "fair use." For more information on on copyright and use of materials on this site, please read Rights and Permissions.


The NOBLE Digital Heritage was created using Omeka, an open-source software developed by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.


We have cataloged all items using simple Dublin Core metadata which is harvestable in accordance with the OAI-PMH.


This is an ongoing project and that will grow over time as new content is added. We hope that you will continue to visit the NOBLE Digital Heritage and look forward to your feedback. Please send questions or comments to the site administrator.


NOBLE is a cooperative effort of 28 area libraries founded to improve library service through automation. Seventeen public library members, ten academic libraries and one special library are members of NOBLE. NOBLE serves as an information gateway for our member libraries and provides an array of services including an integrated library system, consulting and training, Web site hosting and design, PC support and much more. Find out more about NOBLE