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Streeter, Gilbert L. (Gilbert Lewis), 1823-1901
Gilbert L. Streeter (1823-1901)
0.25 linear feet (1 box, 1 envelope)
The Gilbert L. Streeter papers
are a collection of Streeter's business and personal papers, including
correspondence dealing with the Salem Lyceum.
Scope and Content Note
The Gilbert L. Streeter papers are a collection of Streeter's business and
personal papers, including correspondence dealing with the Salem Lyceum. The
majority of the Salem Lyceum papers (Folder 1), 1845-1855, contain acceptances or
refusals from scholars to speak at the Lyceum lectures. Well-known correspondents
include A.B. Alcott, 6/9/1849; R.W. Emerson, 6/11/1849; E. Everett, 8/24/1850; Wm.
L. Garrison, 11/28/1850; H. Greely, 9/26/1850, 10/12/1852; O.W. Holmes, 8/20/1852,
11/18/1852; T. Mann, 8/18/1852; W. Phillips, 10/25/1852; S.E. Sewall, 8/14/1850; C.
Sumner, 6/5/1849; and G. Ticknor, 10/12/1849. The folders of sermons and lectures
(Folders 2 and 3) contain lectures written by Streeter and religious sermons which
may have been written by his father, Barzillai Streeter. Of interest are lecture
notes discussing the history of the newspaper in Salem and the benefits of
separating the sexes in institutions of higher education. Streeter's correspondence
(Folder 4), 1851-1897, includes letters from friends and business associates. Also
included in the folder are financial accounts and various autographs, one of which
is from Daniel Webster.
Rebecca Ives correspondence (Folder 5), 1851-1854, contains letters from Gilbert
L. Streeter and other friends and relatives. Miscellaneous papers (Folder 6),
1855-1869, contain poetry written by both Gilbert L. Streeter and Rebecca Streeter.
Also included are miscellaneous poems and notes taken on the book of poetry From Homes of the New World which contains poetry by John
Greenleaf Whittier, William Lloyd Garrison, James Russell Lowell, Ralph Waldo
Emerson, and George Cheevers. Their poems discuss such issues as abolitionism,
slavery, capital punishment, and nature. Of interest is a written compliment by L.N.
Fowler discussing Streeter's fine moral and intellectual faculties.
Gilbert L. Streeter was cashier of the First National Bank
and editor of the Salem Observer. Born on April 30,
1823 in Salem, Massachusetts, he was the son of Barzillai Streeter, minister of the
Universalist Church, and Sarah Lewis Streeter.
Streeter went to Salem English High School and upon leaving, learned the trade
of a watchmaker through Edmund Currier. He then turned to journalism and became
editor of the Essex County Freeman. Next, Streeter
formed a partnership with his father-in-law John Ives in a book and seed store. In
approximately 1859, Streeter became a teller at the First National Bank and by 1893
had worked his way up to cashier of the bank. Continuing his work in journalism, he
took the position of editor at the Salem Observer, and
upon leaving that post he continued to contribute to the local press.
An antiquarian student, Streeter wrote a great deal for the Essex Institute Historical Collections and was elected a
member on July 18, 1849. He was secretary of the Plummer Farm School, treasurer of
the Essex Agricultural Society, and a trustee and treasurer to the Salem Lyceum.
Streeter married Rebecca Ives and had four children, Gilbert S., Mrs. Charles H.
Parker, Mary E., and Rebecca I. He died in Salem on July 10, 1901.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons,
or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799-1888
Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882
Everett, Edward, 1794-1865
Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879
Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894
Mann, Thomas, 1746 or 1747-1822
Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884
Sewall, Samuel E. (Samuel Edmund), 1799-1888
Streeter, Rebecca Ives, b. 1835
Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874
Ticknor, George, 1791-1871
Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852
Winthrop, Robert C. (Robert Charles), 1809-1894
Salem Lyceum (Salem, Mass.)
Lectures and lecturing
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in
writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex
The Gilbert L. Streeter papers are a reorganization and integration of one box.
Lyceum correspondence was purchased in 1950; 17 letters to Streeter were donated in
1953 by Joan Boudreau of the Cotting-Smith Assembly House in Salem (acc #92036); the
remainder of the collection is from an unknown source.
Collection processed by Lisa Petrucci, January 1984. Updated by Catherine Robertson,
Streeter, Gilbert L. Account of the Clergymen Settled in
Salem at the time of the Revolutionary War. Salem, 1857.
Streeter, Gilbert L. An Account of the Newspapers and
Other Periodicals Published in Salem from 1768 to 1856. Salem: Salem W.
Ives and G.W. Pease Printers, 1856.
Streeter, Gilbert L. Historical Sketch of the Building of
the Frigate Essex at Salem and her Subsequent Fate. Salem, 1856.
Streeter, Gilbert L. How to Manage the Hen Coop.
Essex Agricultural Transactions. Vol. 8, 1868. pp.
Streeter, Gilbert L. Letter to Mr. Carroll of Peabody
Concerning the First Meetinghouse in Salem, Mass.. Salem: Newcomb and
Gauss Printers, 1900.
Streeter, Gilbert L. Salem Before the Revolution.
Salem: The Salem Press, 1896.
Streeter, Gilbert L. Some Historical Streets and Colonial
Houses of Salem. Salem, 1900.
Streeter, Gilbert L. Story of Winter Island and Salem
Neck. Salem, 1897.
The Salem Evening News, Salem, Mass.; Wednesday,
July 10, 1901.
Lyceum correspondence was purchased in 1950; 17 letters to Streeter were donated in 1953 by Joan Boudreau of the Cotting-Smith Assembly House in Salem (acc #92036); the remainder of the collection is from an unknown source.