Generous Gift Establishes the Frances E. Malamy Research Fellowship of the Peabody Essex Museum's Phillips Library
Released November 20, 2007
Salem, Mass. – The Peabody Essex Museum is pleased to announce a $100,000 gift awarded in memory of Frances E. Malamy, a longstanding member of the Museum family who dedicated tireless hours as staff archivist at PEM’s Phillips Library. The gift establishes “The Frances E. Malamy Research Fellowship of the Peabody Essex Museum’s Phillips Library” supporting independent scholarly research using the Library’s archives and manuscript collection. To sustain the contributions that Frances made to the Phillips Library, her husband, Michael Malamy, and her two children, Jocelyn and Adam, have funded this fellowship as a lasting tribute to her interest in the Library and the world of scholarship. Frances recognized the importance, excellence and richness of the Library’s archives. This Fellowship will ensure that other scholars have the opportunity to explore its contents.
“Frances was a unique and extraordinary person who believed firmly that the Phillips Library provides value to the academic community and the public,” said Sidney Berger, the Ann C. Pingree Director of the Phillips Library. “We are grateful to the Malamy family for their generous gift enabling the Library to continue its outreach to scholars and the rest of the intellectual world.”
The Phillips Library is known nationally as a major resource for maritime history and art, New England life and culture, American decorative art, Asian art and culture, Native American history and art, the art and culture of Oceania, natural history, and genealogy. The Peabody Essex Museum is accepting applications for fellows in 2008 and invites interested scholars to visit www.pem.org/museum/library.php for more information about the Frances E. Malamy Research Fellowship including how to apply.
The Phillips Library
The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum is one of New England’s oldest libraries. It possesses over 400,000 printed volumes, over a linear mile of manuscript material, and more than a million photographic images. The Library has a national reputation as a major resource for maritime history and art, New England life and culture, American decorative art, Asian art and culture, Native American history and art, the art and culture of Oceania, natural history and genealogy. Beside books, the Library holds notable collections of broadsides, maps, pamphlets, works of art on paper, trade cards, postcards and many other genres of printed items. Manuscript holdings include diaries, shipping logbooks, account books, family papers, business papers the early Essex County court records, and manuscript sermons and music. Also on deposit are the papers of the Salem witch trials. The Library is open to the public on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. It is open to research scholars Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Frances E. Malamy Bio
Frances E. Malamy was a lawyer and historian specializing in American legal history. A
long-term resident of Winchester, Mass., she enjoyed a successful law career in Boston before returning to university to obtain a Ph.D. in early American legal history. She is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and Tufts University, where she completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Until her death in 2007, she worked as an archivist at the Peabody Essex Museum’s Phillips Library.