New Online Access to Digital Finding Aids

Hand-drawn Commission Merchant Card from MH 16, Benjamin Crowninshield Family Papers, announcing Ben Crowninshield as a Commission Merchant for New Orleans

The Phillips Library is pleased to announce that we have recently completed a project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a Federal agency which Congress established to promote the preservation and use of America’s documentary heritage. This project resulted in the processing of over 300 linear feet of archival materials of national significance.

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Batter Up!

Boston American League Base Ball Club, 1903

Published in Spaulding's Official Base Ball Guide, Edited by Henry Chadwick, 1903

Having grown up rushing home after school at the end of the baseball season to watch such greats as Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, and Yogi Berra, watching the World Series is as much of a tradition for me as viewing Wimbledon, the U. S. Open Tennis Championships, and the Kentucky Derby.  So, it’s with both history and interest in baseball, that I have avidly been watching the Boston Red Sox team as they work their way through each of the games of the current World Series.  Read more

Research Guides at the Phillips Library

Research Guides, Phillps Library Reading RoomIrene Axelrod, Head Research Librarian, and Catherine Robertson, Library Reading Room Assistant, wrote the following post about research guides available in the Reading Room.

According to our website, “The Phillips Library collections include approximately 400,000 books, pamphlets, and broadsides; over 2,000 collections of Essex County, Massachusetts, manuscripts, including family papers, institutional and business records, account books, and diaries; and extensive holdings of maps and ephemera.”  The sheer quantity of material in our holdings can be overwhelming for researchers of all levels of experience.  The Reference and Research staff at the Phillips Library have years of experience working with the astounding materials in our collections and facilitate use of the collections for all patrons.

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