A Gift from the Past: Inscription from John Quincy Adams to the Essex Historical Society


Oration on the Life and Character of Gilbert Motier de Lafayette

Phillips Library copy of Oration on the Life and Character of Gilbert Motier de Lafayette bound in red leather with decorative gold tooling.

Two printed copies of the John Quincy Adams speech Oration on the Life and Character of Gilbert Motier de Lafayette reside here at the Phillips Library. I thought one copy in particular, printed in Washington by Gales and Seaton in 1835, was absolutely worth sharing in honor of Adams on the 167th anniversary of his passing. Adams spoke to Congress as a member of the House of Representatives from Massachusetts, and our copy at the library includes a presentation inscription from Adams to the Essex Historical Society. If you know your PEM history, then you know that the Essex Historical Society joined with the Essex County Natural History Society to form the Essex Institute, which the merged with the Peabody Museum of Salem to become the Peabody Essex Museum as we know it today.

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Building a Boat from the Ground Up: a Look at the Papers of Naval Architect Sam Crocker

Crocker design #128, taken in 1934, box 32, folder 5

Have you ever wondered what it takes to build a boat from the ground up?  Or wondered who manages all of the intricate details, sketches, and decisions that have to be made?  A look through the Samuel S. Crocker papers, MH 13, provides some insight into the endless planning, negotiating, and hard work that goes into the designing and building of luxury yachts and fishing boats.

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Land Disputes in the White Mountains

Part I:  The Jackson Iron Manufacturing Company

A plan of various townships in the White Mountains, undated

Amongst the papers donated to the Phillips Library by the Pingree Family are those of two corporations owned by David Pingree (1795-1863):  The Jackson Iron Manufacturing Company and the Mount Washington Summit Road Company.  Though the papers include standard business records such as stock certificates, meeting minutes, financial documents, and correspondence, for these corporations the records mainly revolve around the land ownership litigation that both were involved in during the latter half of the 19th century.

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