Ship Thomas Perkins of Salem in Canton River, 1840, Sunqua
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.
Orders from Elias Hasket Derby for Stephen Phillips, Jr., master of the ship Eliza for Bilboa, July 9,1794
The Phillips Library provides access for scholars and researchers to a remarkable collection of unique and rare materials. Its patrons are curators and staff of the Peabody Essex Museum, scholars and researchers from around the world, local historians, and general readers. The library collects printed materials and manuscripts related to the major collection areas of the museum, and it builds on traditional strengths developed over more than two centuries of collecting.
Many people are curious about what a manuscript processor or archivist in an art museum library does. Let’s start with what a manuscript is. Read more
Though Halloween may be in the streets surrounding the museum in Salem, at the Phillips Library Reading Room in Peabody we have already skipped forward to Thanksgiving. For this fall’s display in the reading room, I am highlighting materials written about the earliest days of our nation’s founding. Read more