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Online Collections

The Phillips Library Online Collections provide full access to a growing number of digitized items created from the Phillips Library Collection. These materials date from the 17th to the 20th century and include manuscripts, maritime journals, museum publications, ephemera, and photographs. As new collections are digitized they will be added to this site.

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Philcat

Philcat, the Phillips Library’s online catalog, allows users to search our physical and online collections. Request library materials, schedule visits, order/pay for reproductions, and more.

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Digital Books & Journals

The Phillips Library is making its book and journal collections openly accessible by digitizing bound materials with digitization partner, the Internet Archive, a non-profit committed to making all of the world’s knowledge open and accessible.

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Finding Aids for Manuscript Collections

Search across over 700 online finding aids that help users to navigate the contents of many of PEM’s manuscript collections such as the Derby Family Papers and the E.S. Morse Papers.

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Witch Trial Documents

Two collections of Salem Witch Trial documents are housed at the Phillips Library, the Essex Institute Collection and the Essex County Archives Collection, on deposit from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Both collections can be viewed online.

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Digital Archives

The Phillips Library is digitizing special format materials such as archives, maps, and glass plate negatives with a state-funded digitization partner, the Digital Commonwealth. In 2018, PEM joined 180 other member organizations to collaborate in making the cultural heritage of Massachusetts freely available to all.