The Phillips Library Collections

One of the oldest research libraries in the country, the Phillips Library collects, preserves, and illuminates the history of Salem, surrounding communities, and the world.


The Phillips Library includes more than 400,000 printed volumes, a linear mile of manuscript collections, as well as thousands of logbooks, account books, diaries, printed ephemera, maps, photo albums, and photographs. Its collection include records relating to the 1692 Salem witch trials, letters and manuscripts from Nathaniel Hawthorne and his family and literary circle; in addition to ships' logs and the pioneering travels of Salem ships to Africa and East Asia.


Of particular interest are local family histories and town records, military records, original genealogical papers, newspapers and city directories, charts and maps, business and social records, papers of notable Americans, works of regional authors, broadsides and ephemera, publications from literary and historical societies, art and architecture books, history books, and materials related to its museum collections.

Use PhilCat to search the collections


History of the collections


PEM overview of Phillips Library


Visiting the Reading Room in Rowley



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