The New Bedford Whaling Museum has added to its archives with early records from the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, and its predecessor organization, the New Bedford Board of Trade. The Whaling Museum's Arthur Motta tells WBSM News, most of the records are about what happened in New Bedford during the middle of the 20th century.

The Whaling Museum has also acquired the papers of the local law firm, Crapo, Clifford and Clifford, and the collections of George C. Perkins and the Merchants Bank. Along with the early Chamber records, Motta says they offer a glimpse of the city and its transition from a whaling port and textile center to a manufacturing, retail and arts center in the region.