One of the least utilized collections at the Phillips Library is our vast collection of cartoons and caricatures. We have hundreds of cartoons, most typically lithographs, from the late eighteenth through the nineteenth century. Read more
Library collection development can be a complex process. As a rule, unless yours is a legal deposit repository, some manner of selection has to take place. Every institution has constraints of space and budget which require limits to be set. A library chooses particular areas in which to collect and holds to those, in order to keep the collection germane to its mission. For the Phillips, a library with a long and tangled history, that mission has not remained constant, and so our collecting interests have shifted.
Recently I completed processing the David Pingree (1795-1863) Papers. The collection is central to the study of many important subjects in early American history, notably major developments in American commerce. The Pingree family businesses began early and coincided with the Golden Age of shipping in Salem.