Peabody Essex Museum
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Telephone: 978-745-9500 ext. 3053, or 866-745-1876
Hours and holidays: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 am-4:30 pm
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Worldwide collection, but with a base in Essex County. The collection includes a rich maritime collection with plates of ships dating from ~1720, transatlantic ship logs, ship registers, ship images, customs records, and records of local mariners. The collection also includes county and local histories, published vital records to 1850, city directories, censuses, tax lists, maps, newspapers, manuscript letters, financial papers, diaries, sermons, church records, militias, hospitals, schools, and municipal governments. Essex County books, manuscripts, and government records such as probate records. 250,000 records have been digitized and are searchable through the library's website.
If you cannot visit or find a source at the Peabody Essex Museum, a similar source may be available at one of the following.