Overview of the Collections

The cultural Collections and Library of the Tides Institute & Museum of Art are extensive and wide ranging – from historical to contemporary. The Collections have a particular focus on art, broadly conceived, but also have strong interests with architecture and history. The focuses of the collections are on the U.S./Canada northeast coast with connections to the broader world and with particular interests in the immediate coastal border region. The collections include paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture; Passamaquoddy and Micmac basketry; architectural drawings, documentation and artifacts; ship models; maps; decorative arts (furniture, clocks, silver, glass); musical instruments; books; and graphic arts. To browse and search a portion of the collections, click here: Collections.


“End of Day” by Sandor Bernath.

The Library totals about 4,500 volumes with particular concentrations on art (including architecture, photography and printmaking) and with additional concentrations on gardening and historic preservation, New England, the Atlantic Provinces, and the greater Passamaquoddy region and the eastern coast of Maine (history, literature, guidebooks and so forth). The library also includes an extensive vertical file reference collection of articles, pamphlets and ephemera particularly relating to the greater Passamaquoddy region and the eastern coast of Maine (including a number of rare materials relating to this region). While restoration of the TIMA facility continues, access to the library collection is limited. The online database to the TIMA library collection is currently being upgraded and is not available at this time. See examples of ephemera held by library by clicking this link: Collections. An initial bibliography of materials relating to the greater Passamaquoddy region can be found though this link: Passamaquoddy Region Bibliography.

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