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Research Fellowships

The Peabody Essex Museum of Salem, Massachusetts, accepts applications for fellowships (now up to six each year) to scholars to who wish to use library and related collections for research and publication on New England its history, cultures, and the interactions between New England and the world.

Fellowships are open to advanced scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, and library and museum professionals. Modest stipends may be awarded for up to two months. Free housing in a nearby studio apartment may also be available.

Derby Summer House, Peabody, 1793. Samuel McIntire. Peabody, Massachusetts. Ink on paper.
Derby Summer House, Peabody, 1793. Samuel McIntire. Peabody, Massachusetts. Ink on paper.

The Peabody Essex Museum 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 Peabody Essex Museum artifact collections are especially strong in pre-1860 furniture and decorative arts objects made or used in Essex County; ship models, figureheads, and maritime arts and tools; and carvings, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, tools, and weapons depicting cultures in India, Japan, China, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. Other large collections include Asian export art as reflected in porcelain, paintings, gold, silver, furniture, and textiles; costumes, needlework, and furnishing textiles; military uniforms and equipage; children's games, toys, and dolls; and natural history. The fine arts collections include paintings, works of sculpture, prints, and drawings in the areas of portraiture, marine art, views, and architecture.

Other special collections include the C. E. Fraser Clark Collection of the editions and papers of Nathaniel Hawthorne; the Ward Collection of Western-language materials on imperial China; nearly 3,000 shipping logbooks recording voyages in all parts of the world from 1756 to 1900; 7,000 worldwide nautical charts from the late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century, business advertising literature, with one of the country's finest collections of early English pattern books; and a collection of 6,000 English and American children's books from the seventeenth century to the early twentieth century.

The Peabody Essex Museum complex, including a library, museum galleries, offices, and period houses, occupies more than a city block in the heart of Salem's historic district. Commuter trains to Boston are a short walk from the museum.

Fill out the *Fellowship application [PDF format] and mail it to the following address:

Fellowship Committee
Phillips Library
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, MA 01970

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