New Manuscript Acquisitions at the Phillips Library


Photograph from a trip to India, 1906

The Phillips Library collects a wide variety of interesting materials such as rare and contemporary books, maps, broadsides, manuscripts, logbooks, business records, and photographs. Here is a sampling of manuscript items that we have acquired in the last few months. Read more

Archival Advocacy at SAA Conference 2015


I had the privilege of attending the Society of American Archivists’ Annual Meeting and Conference on August 19-22 in Cleveland, Ohio. Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists (SAA) is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association. With over 6,000 members, SAA serves the education and information needs of its members and provides leadership to help ensure the identification, preservation, and use of the nation’s historical record. Read more

A Day in the Life of a Manuscript Processor at the Phillips Library

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