The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Essex Institute. Local History Class (1894-1906)
Essex Institute Local History Class
2.5 linear feet (5 boxes)
The Essex Institute Local
History Class Records consists of record books, lectures, lists of members,
photographs, and other records of the class.
SERIES I. Record Books SERIES II. Lectures SERIES III. Miscellaneous Papers
Scope and Content Note
The Essex Institute Local History Class Records consists of record books, lectures,
lists of members, photographs, and other records of the class. The collection has
been divided into three series.
Series I. Record Books includes two volumes of
meeting reports and a listing of the members of the Dorchester Local History
Series II. Lectures consists of 94 individual
lectures. Lecture Nos. 49, 62, 69, and 82 are missing from the collection.
Series III. Miscellaneous Papers consists of lists of
members, a list of lectures, lists of books, reports of outings, bills,
correspondence, miscellaneous reference notes, newspaper clippings, photographs, and
The Local History Class was formed at a suggestion made at
the annual meeting of the Essex Institute on May 21, 1894 for the purpose of
studying the local history of Salem. The first meeting was not successful because of
bad weather. At the next meeting on June 6, 1894, attended by nineteen members,
Henry M. Brooks was elected the chairman and Miss H. D. Lander, secretary. The first
subject for consideration was the life of Roger Conant, followed by study of the
life of John Endecott and the lives of early planters. Members researched various
subjects of local history and presented papers at meetings that were held in Plummer
Ninety-four lectures of record were presented spanning the years 1984 to 1897.
Meetings were suspended during summer months, but excursions were made during these
months to places of interest in surrounding towns.
On October 2, 1897, a meeting was held regarding the feasibility of continuing
the class. Meetings were changed to every two weeks instead of every week. By
January 11, 1898 attendance had dropped off. On January 25, 1898, it was decided to
resume weekly meetings.
There is no record of meetings between December 29, 1900 and November 16, 1901,
nor between February 7, 1903 and May 4, 1906. The last record of a meeting was May
4, 1906 with fifteen members in attendance.
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.
Dorchester (Boston, Mass.). Local History Class
Lectures and lecturing--Massachusetts--Salem
Essex County (Mass.)--History
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
Essex Institute Local History Class Records, MSS 294, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex
Museum, Salem, Mass.
This material was created by the Essex Institute, a precursor to the Peabody Essex
Collection processed by Marion Clark, April 1997. Updated by Tamara Gaydos, April
The Essex Institute Local History Class Records consists of record books, lectures, lists of members, photographs, and other records of the class.
Dorchester (Boston, Mass.). Local History Class; Essex Institute; Essex County (Mass.)--History; Massachusetts--History; Salem (Mass.)--History; Biography; Education--Massachusetts--Salem; Lectures and lecturing--Massachusetts--Salem
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 Museum.