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Salem Club (Salem, Mass.), (1895-1927)
The Salem Club Records
2 linear feet (4 boxes, 1 oversize envelope)
The Salem Club records document
the activities and organization of this Salem, Massachusetts, club.
SERIES I. Record Books SERIES II. Business Papers SERIES III. Correspondence SERIES IV. Miscellaneous
Scope and Content Note
The Salem Club records document the activities and organization of this Salem,
Massachusetts, club. The collection has been divided into four series.
Series I. Record Books includes bylaws, reports of
meetings, and lists of visitors to the club.
Series II. Business Papers consists of papers of
nominating committees and the Board of Directors, proposals for membership, lists of
resident and non-resident members, reports of the treasurer and secretary, and
financial statements and mortgages.
Series III. Correspondence includes letters of
acceptance of membership and resignations from membership in the club. Among the
correspondence is a letter from the White House dated May 13, 1909 written by the
secretary to William Howard Taft accepting honorary membership for the President in
the Salem Club, and a letter dated July 8, 1909 from Commander Albert L. Key of the
U.S.S. Salem accepting an offer of hospitality of
the Salem Club during the visit of that ship to the city of Salem. Also included in
the miscellaneous correspondence are letters transferring members to non-resident
Series IV. Miscellaneous includes announcements of
activities, programs, and a volume of photographs of the building.
The Salem Club was established in 1895 as a social club
located in a house on Washington Square, which was built by John Forrester in
1818-1819 and owned by George Peabody from 1834 to 1895. This private men's club
featured a dining room, a billiard room, and a full schedule of social, cultural,
and educational programs.
People who signed the agreement of membership at the time of adoption of the
bylaws became members of the club. Thereafter, admission to the club was by
election. No person under the age of 21 was admitted to the club. Membership was
limited to people who, for more than six months of the year, resided, or had a
regular place of business, within ten miles of City Hall in Salem. People outside
this area were eligible as non-resident members. Annual dues for members were $30
and for non-resident members, $10.
Arthur L. Harrington was the first president of the Salem Club. A cook and staff
of servants were employed so that meals could be served, and a number of rooms were
available for members who wished to reside at the club. The Salem Club went out of
existence in 1927 and the property was conveyed to the Bertram House for Aged
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.
Salem (Mass.)--Societies and clubs--Salem Club
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 Salem Club Records, MSS 284, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem,
The record books were donated by the Salem Club on November 16, 1927. The visitors'
books were donated by Chester F. Voorhees on May 27, 1964. The photograph album was
donated by J. Foster Smith on April 24, 1931. The remainder of the collection is
from an unknown source.
Collection processed by Marion Clark, March 1996. Updated by Tamara Gaydos, December
The record books were donated by the Salem Club on November 16, 1927. The visitors’ books were donated by Chester F. Voorhees on May 27, 1964. The photograph album was donated by J. Foster Smith on April 24, 1931. The remainder of the collection is from an unknown source.