ABOUT THE MOVEMENT
The Friends of Salem's Phillips Library formed in December 2017 after the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) announced it was moving the entire Phillips Library, Salem's largest and oldest archival collection, from its permanent home at Plummer Hall in Salem, Massachusetts,
to a collections center 40 minutes away,
in Rowley, Massachusetts.
Statements of Support
“It makes perfect sense to store museum objects offsite and bring them onsite for exhibition. Archives are a different matter. As difficult as this move to the new PEM Collections Center in Rowley no doubt was, there remains a ‘mission truly impossible’ for the PEM: persuading the people of Salem, and the national and international community of authors, historians, genealogists, and individuals who simply want to research their own community or family history, that it was ever necessary, or even a smart business decision for the PEM to move Salem's history out of Salem.” — Josiah Fisk