Released June 16, 2014
The Phillips Library is pleased to announce a new digital collection created to honor the centennial of the Great Salem Fire, June 25, 1914. One hundred and fifty images have been placed online to display the impact of the fire on Salem, Massachusetts and its residents. Images depict the burned district before the fire; the conflagration and how it spread; fire-fighting efforts, including images of the Salem Fire Department and its equipment along with images of neighboring fire departments that came to assist; the ruins and destruction caused by the fire; the plight of the homeless and relief efforts to assist them; and the reconstruction and redevelopment of the city. Current technology provided the option to extract details from some of the images; this collection includes some of those detail images.
When the collection is opened, the viewer has the option to display the images as a collection of thumbnails or in a grid format, which provides metadata for each image. Once an image is opened, metadata is also displayed for reference. When possible, the photographer and the date of the image have been identified.
Each of these images may be downloaded for your personal use. You may also print the image for your files. All of the images include negative numbers. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection must be submitted in writing to the Reference Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.
To view the collection, select the Images of Great Salem Fire, 1914 on the home page for the Phillips Library.