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.
The Phillips Library is pleased to announce that digital finding aids for recently processed manuscript collections have been uploaded into ContentDM, providing online access for our patrons. These collections were recently processed with funds received from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), an agency which promotes the preservation and access of America’s documents.
Collections processed include maritime manuscripts, which contain papers of ship owners, ship captains, and those who participated in maritime trade throughout the world; the papers of prominent 18th- and 19th century Essex County residents; and military documents, which had not been processed before this grant. The military records include papers for all the major wars, foreign and domestic, fought by the militia and servicemen of this country. We also processed over 9.400 Civil War patriotic envelopes and more than 1,200 ship advertising cards, which include clipper ship cards and steamship cards.
The finding aids have been encoded using Encoded Archival Description (EAD) providing for broad search options within each and across all the collections represented. Additional finding aids will be added to this database as they are encoded in EAD.
Patrons can access these finding aids in one of two ways: use the link on the main page of the library web site, Digital Finding Aids; or bookmark the following URL on your computer, http://cdm15928.contentdm.oclc.org/ .
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.