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Salem Academy of Music (Salem, Mass.), (1846-1857)
Salem Academy of Music
0.5 linear feet (1 box)
The Salem Academy of Music
Records contain letters, reports, and financial records of this Salem,
SERIES I. Administrative Records SERIES II. Financial Records
Scope and Content Note
The Salem Academy of Music Records contain letters,
reports, and financial records of this Salem, Massachusetts, organization. The
material is divided into two series.
Series I. Administrative Records consist of records
books, including the constitution and bylaws; reports of meetings (Volumes 1, 2, and
3); letters and memos; and two programs dated April 6, 1854 and January 28, 1855.
There is a gap in Volume 1 of the record books between October 12, 1849 and January
Series II. Financial Records consists of an account
book and bills and receipts. There is a gap in the account book between 1850 and
The Salem Academy of Music was founded in 1846 to
cultivate musical taste and science in the city of Salem, Massachusetts. Instruction
was to be provided by Professors Manuel Emilio and Manuel Fenollosa. The salary of
the professors was two dollars each per evening, and the number of evenings was not
to exceed sixty. The admission fee for new members was five dollars.
The organization existed in Salem for just a short time, 1846-1857, according to
the records in the collection, with many resignations of officers, withdrawal of
resignations, disagreements about whether an orchestra should be included in the
society, and whether there should be one or two conductors for the vocal and
instrumental groups. A final record in the collection is the resignation of the
secretary on February 8, 1857, and a record in the account book dated January 1,
1857 of "an amount of $22.00 divided among members."
In this collection there are only two printed programs of concerts performed by
the Academy, one held on April 6, 1854, and the other given January 28, 1855. There
is mention of a concert given for the July 4th ceremonies in 1854 for the city
authorities at Mechanic Hall.
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.
Emilio, Manuel, 1812-1871
Fenollosa, Manuel, 1822-1878
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
Salem Academy of Music Records, MSS 267, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum,
A note in Volume 1 (B1 F2) of the collection indicated that it was presented to the
Essex Institute by D. P. Carpenter on January 24, 1881. It is possible that the rest
of the collection was donated at the same time, but no definite provenance is known
for the whole collection.
Collection processed by Marion Clark, March 1994. Updated by Nicholas Long, May
A note in Volume 1 (B1 F2) of the collection indicated that it was presented to the Essex Institute by D. P. Carpenter on January 24, 1881. It is possible that the rest of the collection was donated at the same time, but no definite provenance is known for the whole collection.