Skip to main content



Essex Institute Local History Class Records

Essex Institute Local History Class Records

1 of 2
Open Finding Aid

ESSEX INSTITUTE LOCAL HISTORY CLASS RECORDS, 1894-1906





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Essex Institute. Local History Class (1894-1906)
Title:Essex Institute Local History Class Records
Dates:1894/1906
Quantity:2.5 linear feet (5 boxes)
Abstract:The Essex Institute Local History Class Records consists of record books, lectures, lists of members, photographs, and other records of the class.
Collection Number:MSS 294

Series List


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 Class.


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 other papers.


Historical Sketch

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 Hall.


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.


Index Terms

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
Essex Institute
Biography
Education--Massachusetts--Salem
Lectures and lecturing--Massachusetts--Salem
Essex County (Mass.)--History
Massachusetts--History
Salem (Mass.)--History

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

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.

Preferred Citation

Essex Institute Local History Class Records, MSS 294, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was created by the Essex Institute, a precursor to the Peabody Essex Museum.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Marion Clark, April 1997. Updated by Tamara Gaydos, April 2015.


Related Material


you wish to report:


...
Select the collections to add or remove from your search
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
 
OK