The Scarborough Historical Society collects, preserves, and makes available to the public many of its collections. Our holdings include books, pamphlets, diaries, letters, photographs, maps, town records, scrapbooks, audio/video recordings, microfilms, and ephemera. Our research collections are particularly strong focusing on Scarborough, Cumberland and York counties, and Maine.

Main Room

Bookcase 1

Includes books that are in our large bookcase.

Bookcase 1 – Back

Annual Reports for the Town of Scarborough. 

Lateral File Cabinet #1

Binders, notebooks, and yearbooks of genealogical and historical interest. Includes table.

Lateral File Cabinet #2

Drawer 2 – Address Files

Cemetery Information

Maps and other information regarding Cemeteries


Maps of interest regarding Scarborough, Maine.


Thanks to a 2019 gift from the Family History Library we have updated our microfilm viewer, so the dozens of microfilm reels that we have available are much more readable.

This Museum Microfilm Finding Aid indicates the films which we have at the museum available for viewing. Besides a film title or description and the years covered, there is identification regarding alternative viewing locations. 

Subsequent to our acquiring many of the films (in 1993), many of the films are now available online. Some are available at Family Search to the public from anywhere that has access to the internet.  (See Additionally, some of these records have indexes available for searching.

Some are available at a Family History Affiliate Library. During the Summer of 2019, the Scarborough Public Library has become an affiliate library. As such, when you access Family Search there are many records not available from the Internet in general but are available at the Scarborough Public Library. The Scarborough images available there include early church records and Proprietors Records and some books of interest. 

Finally, the Scarborough Historical Society has several dozen film rolls available that do not appear to be available anywhere online.  Many of these are Birth, Marriage, and Death records as well as town records and mortgage records — Museum Microfilm Finding Aid.

Microfilm at the Museum that has been digitized and uploaded to Archive.Org.

Scarborough Record of the Poor 1858-1897

Surname Files

Research files based upon the surnames of individuals. Many of the files also include pointers to associated names and documents.

Annual Reports

Annual Reports for the Town of Scarborough. 


Scarborough Historical Society and Museum videos available on YouTube.

Middle Room

The “Middle Room” includes many display objects as well as Tax Valuation Books/Ledgers for many years 1848 to 1923. Our Obituary Collection is also located in the Middle Room.

Rear Room

Education Photos

Ephemera Finding Aid

Display Room

Slide Images

Index to the slides available at the Scarborough Historical Museum

Events (Historical)

Includes Weather