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Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons

Archives and Special Collections

Using Digital Collections

Our collections are accessible online in numerous ways; many are listed under Digital Collections but new materials are regularly being added. To search all of our digitized materials visit the websites below.

  • ArchivesSpace
    ArchivesSpace is our guide to archival collections. You can search by keyword, subject, or person by using the search box. You can also browse the collections by clicking on Resources. When you find a collection of interest, you can print out a guide by clicking on 'Print' in the upper right hand corner of the page. We will be adding collection guides on a regular basis.

  • Digital Commons
    We have digitized many booklets, pamphlets, maps, and images. We will be adding more resources on a regular basis.

  • Flickr
    Flickr is our home for photographs, stereoviews, postcards, and ephemera.

  • Internet Archives
    You can find yearbooks fom the Salem Normal School, Salem Teachers College, and Salem State College on Internet Archives.

  • Library Catalog
    Search the library catalog for Special Collection books and journals available in the Reading Room.

  • YouTube
    Salem State College Arts Festival: A Symposium Tribute to Jack Kerouac, 1973. This was one of the first symposiums that recognized Kerouac's work. It featured poetry readings by Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso and a panel discussion on Kerouac featuring Ginsberg, Corso, John Clellon Holmes, Peter Orlovsky, Stanley Twardowicz, Aaron Latham, and Charles Jarvis. Here is a blog post about the collection.

Viewing Digital Collections

  • Books & Pamphlets
    An assortment of books and ephemera related ot the history of Salem, Massachusetts.

  • College Catalogs
    The College Catalog collection consists of catalogs from the Salem Normal School and Salem Teachers College, 1856-1960.

  • Essex County Lithographs
    19th-century scenes of Essex County by George H. Walker and Company of Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Great Salem Fire of 1914
    Items related to the June 25, 1914 conflagration which destroyed more than 1,000 buildings and displaced thousands of residents.

  • Historic Maps
    World, North American, and local historic maps.

  • Kerouac Symposium
    Salem State College Arts Festival: A Symposium Tribute to Jack Kerouc, 1973.

  • Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society
    A local section of the American Chemical Society.

  • Menus
    19th and 20th century menus and ephemera from Salem restaurants. 

  • Objects
    19th and 20th century objects and ephemera related to Salem residents and businesses.

  • Photographs
    19th and 20th century photographs, postcards, and stereoviews available on Flickr.

  • Salem Normal School
    Catalogs, examination and graduation programs, publications, photographs, and yearbooks, 1854-1932.

  • Stereoviews
    Stereoscopic souvenir images of Salem and the surrounding area, popular in the late 19th and early 20th century.

  • Special Collections Video
    Salem State College Lady Vikings 1986 basketball season. The team won the Division III basketball championship.

  • Walter George Whitman
    Walter George Whitman was Head of the Science Department at the Salem Normal School
    These are images from his year in Nanjing, China (1925-1926).

  • Yearbooks
    Yearbooks from the Salem Normal School, Salem Teachers College, and Salem State College.