The beautiful Phillips Library Reading Room welcomes visitors and researchers.
Welcome to the Phillips Library, the research and documentation division of the Peabody Essex Museum. As one of New Englands older libraries, the library has an international reputation as a major resource for maritime history and art, New England life and culture, American decorative arts, Asian art and culture, Native American history and art, the art and culture of Oceania, natural history and genealogy.
The library provides researchers, curators, and the general public access to 400,000 printed volumes, over a mile in linear feet of manuscripts, and an extensive collection of ephemera, broadsides, pamphlets, and a substantial run of periodicals. Located in two architecturally noted structures, the John Tucker Daland House and Plummer Hall, the research facility provides wireless Internet access to all researchers.
LIBRARY ACCESS TO JSTOR
Onsite Library patrons now have access to JSTOR, an interdisciplinary digital archive of scholarly journals and selected monographs in humanities, social sciences, and science. Located on the library kiosks, patrons can utilize JSTOR to facilitate their research and print articles found or email PDF files to their personal email accounts.
Through the generosity of its donors, the Phillips Library continually updates its book collection with new titles of interest to our researchers. A partial listing of new titles can be found by selecting the link below. Additional information about these titles can be found in PHILCAT, the online library catalog.
Recently processed manuscript collections include the Samuel V. Chamberlain Papers, the Thomas Moore China Trade Letters, and the Second Corps Cadets Records. Additional manuscript titles with a description of each can be found by clicking the link below. Additional information about manuscript collections can be found in PHILCAT.
FRANK COUSINS SALEM STREETS COLLECTION
Frank Cousins, known for his architectural studies, was one of Salems most famous photographers. Active in the early 1880s to the early 1920s, Cousins is known for his views of buildings and street blocks. To view a listing of images photographed on Salem streets click on the link below.