The Phillips Library Reading Room reopened to the public on Thursday, August 1, 2013 in our new, temporary location at
1 Second Street, Peabody, Massachusetts.
The Reading Room will be open on Wednesday and Thursday between 10 am and 4:30 p.m. Approved Visiting Researchers are welcome, by special appointment, on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday between 10 and 4:30 pm. We look forward to welcoming our patrons to the new Reading Room. Wi-Fi access is provided for our patrons.
The Phillips Library is pleased to announce the opening of a third digital collection – The American Neptune Collection. The quarterly journal of maritime history and arts, founded by a group of maritime enthusiasts, which included Samuel Eliot Morison and Walter Muir Whitehill, is available for your perusal and research.
From its inception in 1941 until publication ceased in 2002, The American Neptune has been considered America's premier maritime journal. Scholarly articles are of interest to readers who enjoy accounts of ships, the seas, and those who have sailed them, whether for mercantile gain, defending their nation's interest, or for the love of sea voyages and exploration. The articles cover a wide range of subjects, geographical areas other than America, and historical eras.
The journal was well illustrated with diagrams, photographic reproductions, scale drawings of vessels, and maps and/or tracks of historic ships' journeys, all of which are included in the collection. The collection is fully searchable within each issue and across all issues. Since browsers provide slightly different options for readers, a User Manual is available to help users navigate the collection.
Currently, eight issues comprising Volumes 1 and 2, 1941 and 1942, have been uploaded into The American Neptune Collection. As new issues are scanned, they will be added to the collection. An RSS feed option allows readers abreast of new issues.
To access the collection, select The American Neptune link on the library home page. Or, users may bookmark their browsers with the following URL, which will provide access to all current digital collections at the Phillips Library: http://phillipslibrarycollections.pem.org/ . This digitization project was sponsored by the Salem Marine Society.
The Phillips Library is pleased to announce a new digital collection created to honor the centennial of the Great Salem Fire, June 25, 1914. One hundred and fifty images have been placed online to display the impact of the fire on Salem, Massachusetts and its residents. Images depict the burned district before the fire; the conflagration and how it spread; fire-fighting efforts, including images of the Salem Fire Department and its equipment along with images of neighboring fire departments that came to assist; the ruins and destruction caused by the fire; the plight of the homeless and relief efforts to assist them; and the reconstruction and redevelopment of the city. Current technology provided the option to extract details from some of the images; this collection includes some of those detail images.
When the collection is opened, the viewer has the option to display the images as a collection of thumbnails or in a grid format, which provides metadata for each image. Once an image is opened, metadata is also displayed for reference. When possible, the photographer and the date of the image have been identified.
Each of these images may be downloaded for your personal use. You may also print the image for your files. All of the images include negative numbers. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection must be submitted in writing to the Reference Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.
To view the collection, select the Images of Great Salem Fire, 1914 on the home page for the Phillips Library.
Essex County Probate records, stored on microfilm, have been transferred from the Phillips Library to the Southern Essex County Registry of Deeds located at 45 Congress Street, Salem, MA. Access to these documents will be available for library patrons during the time the library is closed for renovations.
Please contact Kathie Gauthier or Kostas Psiakis at 978-741-0201 if you have questions regarding access to these materials.