One of New England’s largest online resources for historic photography has just expanded with the addition of four new photo collections including that of well-known Maine photographer Everett “Red” Boutilier. With the addition of more than 20,000 additional photographs, the Penobscot Marine Museum Collections Database now contains more than 50,000 images. It is available free at

“Red” Boutilier was a photographer of the Maine waterfront from the 1950s until just before his death in 2003. Boutilier’s work was published in Downeast, National Fisherman, Sail, Yachting, Soundings and other magazines and newspapers. Boats, fishing and shipyard scenes from Maine’s Midcoast area dominate the more than 20,000 photos in the collection, whose acquisition by the museum was made possible by a gift from another frequent publisher of Boutilier’s work, the magazine Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors.

Three other collections also have been added. The Lawless Collection offers work by Jake Lawless, Sheriff of Belfast, who collected images of life in and around Belfast in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Prominent in the collection are group portraits of children’s gatherings and other social events. Also included are a number of glass lantern slides depicting Belfast, wilderness areas and cartoons.

The MacEwen Collection features the work of amateur photographer Preston Williams of Bangor. Included are early 20th-century scenes of daily work, waterfronts, architecture and important images of Bangor soon after a disastrous fire destroyed 267 buildings in 1911.

The Lindsay Collection offers work by professional photographer David J. Lindsay , who was active in Damariscotta during the first half of the 20th century. His work included school and church groups, wedding parties, social organization events, boats and shipyards, mostly in Lincoln County, Maine, but also in Massachusetts and Vermont.

Several other collections are also online in the Penobscot Marine Museum Collections Database. A search function permits photo searches by collection, location, subject matter and other parameters. There is a field in which users are encouraged to share information about any image.

Penobscot Marine Museum is home to outstanding collections of marine art and artifacts, small craft, ship models and historic photography. For more information, visit the website or call 548-2529. The museum exhibitions re-open Memorial Day weekend.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to