“Collecting All Valuable Publications in Every Language”: The Salem East India Marine Society’s Library

George Schwartz

"Remarks on a Voyage to the Marianna Islands"

During the dedication of the “Marine Room” gallery at the Peabody Academy of Science in 1905, Director Edward Sylvester Morse remarked, “A student of history must be the one to properly bring together the records of the East India Marine Society, but on this occasion it is necessary to give an epitome of well-known data.” Over the past year, I spent my workdays in the cozy confines of the Phillips Library’s Reading Room taking up Morse’s challenge, poring through the museum’s substantial institutional archive and other material for my dissertation on the Peabody Essex Museum’s founding organization. The librarians have greeted me every day with great enthusiasm for my project, the first comprehensive work on the East India Marine Society since 1949, retrieving volumes and letters to aid in my endeavor. Read more

Samuel V. Chamberlain, Marblehead Artist and Photographer

A Lane at Vez, watercolor by Samuel Chamberlain, undated

One of my favorite manuscript collections in the Phillips Library is that of Samuel V. Chamberlain, noted artist and photographer. Early in his life, while living in Europe, he sketched all that he saw and later in life, he traveled all over New England, photographing homes and local landmarks.

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