Community Archive


Captain Avery Museum’s research library has been transformed into a Community Archive. This unique collection of resources includes printed materials, local articles, genealogies, oral histories, and photographs relating to Shady Side. We maintain a collection of books, maps, and oversize materials relating to our mission, including settlement of the peninsula, the West River, watermen, oysters, and recreational boating. Archival collections include research related to the Avery family and the home of Salem Avery, the “Our Place” era, and the history of the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society.

Named in honor of Flora Ethel Nowell Andrews, a longtime member of the Shady Side community, the Community Archive also accessions, inventories, and maintains the museum’s artifact collection. Contact us for an appointment to explore our collections or conduct research using our resources.


Oral History Collection

In the 1980s, the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society began collecting objects, photos, and recording the remembrances of members of the Shady Side community. Collecting oral histories was a true “labor of love,” undertaken by Mavis Daly and Ginger Corson. As a team, they built the basis of what would become a valuable treasure of local oral histories at the Captain Avery Museum. Today, the collection has grown to more than 150 oral histories in various media formats (DVD, CD, and VHS) that capture the lives of people that make up the Shady Side community.

Conversations with the Past is an oral history digitization project started in 2014 and supported by a mini-grant from the Four Rivers Heritage Area. To promote public access to our oral histories, we began transcribing, reformatting, and preserving interviews; creating word-searchable documents; and building a web site as an interface for public discovery.


Historical Photo Collection

Our photograph collection includes prints and digital images of Shady Side people, places, and Museum events. We also maintain a collection of historical postcards. Contact us for an appointment to explore our collection.