The Phillips Library Reading Room reopened to the public on Thursday, August 1, 2013 in our new, temporary location at
1 Second Street, Peabody, Massachusetts.
The Reading Room will be open on Wednesday and Thursday between 10 am and 4:30 p.m. Approved Visiting Researchers are welcome, by special appointment, on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday between 10 and 4:30 pm. We look forward to welcoming our patrons to the new Reading Room. Wi-Fi access is provided for our patrons.
All three digital collections - Manuscript Finding Aids, Images of the Great Salem Fire, and the American Neptune - are now available via WorldCat. Each collection record provides information about the collection, access to the catalog record for each item in the collection, and the option to view a collection item online. The shortened URLs listed below provide access to the WorldCat record for named collection.
bit.ly/WLAAJA Manuscript Finding Aids at the Phillips Library
bit.ly/1o9e5Ud Images of the Great Salem Fire, June 25, 1914
bit.ly/1xuDI7z The American Neptune Collection
Library of Congress subject headings exist for each item in all collections providing additional options for research within WorldCat.
The Phillips Library is pleased to announce the opening of a third digital collection – The American Neptune Collection. The quarterly journal of maritime history and arts, founded by a group of maritime enthusiasts, which included Samuel Eliot Morison and Walter Muir Whitehill, is available for your perusal and research.
From its inception in 1941 until publication ceased in 2002, The American Neptune has been considered America's premier maritime journal. Scholarly articles are of interest to readers who enjoy accounts of ships, the seas, and those who have sailed them, whether for mercantile gain, defending their nation's interest, or for the love of sea voyages and exploration. The articles cover a wide range of subjects, geographical areas other than America, and historical eras.
The journal was well illustrated with diagrams, photographic reproductions, scale drawings of vessels, and maps and/or tracks of historic ships' journeys, all of which are included in the collection. The collection is fully searchable within each issue and across all issues. Since browsers provide slightly different options for readers, a User Manual is available to help users navigate the collection.
Currently, eight issues comprising Volumes 1 and 2, 1941 and 1942, have been uploaded into The American Neptune Collection. As new issues are scanned, they will be added to the collection. An RSS feed option allows readers abreast of new issues.
To access the collection, select The American Neptune link on the library home page. Or, users may bookmark their browsers with the following URL, which will provide access to all current digital collections at the Phillips Library: http://phillipslibrarycollections.pem.org/ . This digitization project was sponsored by the Salem Marine Society.
Essex County Probate records, stored on microfilm, have been transferred from the Phillips Library to the Southern Essex County Registry of Deeds located at 45 Congress Street, Salem, MA. Access to these documents will be available for library patrons during the time the library is closed for renovations.
Please contact Kathie Gauthier or Kostas Psiakis at 978-741-0201 if you have questions regarding access to these materials.