Located in Bar Harbor at Park Headquarters, the center is dedicated to William Otis Sawtelle, founder of the Islesford Historical Museum on Little Cranberry Island. The center houses historic artifacts, archival documents, and natural history specimens. The collection represents the natural and cultural history of Acadia National Park, Saint Croix Island International Historic Site, the Carroll Homestead of Southwest Harbor, George B. Dorr, one of the founding fathers of Acadia, the Town of Cranberry Isles, "New France," and the administrative history of Acadia and Saint Croix.
The center is open to researchers by appointment only.
Access to the collection for scientific research, genealogical study, or development of a publication is permitted. Prospective researchers should contact the Curator for an appointment. To arrange an appointment to conduct research or to ask a research question fill out a Research Request Form .