Peabody Essex Museum

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Peabody Essex Museum
Peabody Essex Museum
Plummer Hall of Phillips Library (Peabody Essex Museum) Salem, Massachusetts.JPG

Contact Information


Address (temporarily):</ref>

Peabody Essex Museum
Phillips Library
1 Second Street
Peabody, MA USA

Telephone:</ref>  978-745-9500 ext. 3053, or 866-745-1876
Fax: 978-531-1516

Hours and holidays:</ref>Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 am-4:30 pm

Directions, maps, and public transportation: Google Maps

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

Worldwide collection, but with a base in Essex County. The collection includes a rich maritime collection with plates of ships dating from ~1720, transatlantic ship logs, ship registers, ship images, customs records, and records of local mariners. The collection also includes county and local histories, published vital records to 1850, city directories, censuses, tax lists, maps, newspapers, manuscript letters, financial papers, diaries, sermons, church records, militias, hospitals, schools, and municipal governments. Essex County books, manuscripts, and government records such as probate records. 250,000 records have been digitized and are searchable through the library's website.[2]


  • Admissions fees apply to adults, seniors, and students who are not residents of Salem, Mass. See Visit Us.
  • A $25.00 research service is available to the public ($20.00 for members). This covers up to 20 photocopied pages. An order form is available online.
  • Onsite researchers are not allowed to make photocopies; however, they may request that staff make photocopies ($0.50 for printed pages; $1.00 for manuscript pages). There is a 48-hour turnaround time.

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Peabody Essex Museum, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Neighboring Collections


  1. "PEM | Hours and Information," PEM | Library,, accessed 4 March 2015.
  2. "Major Digitization Project Makes 250,000 Phillips Library Records Available Worldwide," PEM | Library, 27 August 2014,