Books & Pamphlets
An assortment of books and ephemera related ot the history of Salem, Massachusetts.
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.
World, North American, and local historic maps.
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.
19th and 20th century menus and ephemera from Salem restaurants.
19th and 20th century objects and ephemera related to Salem residents and businesses.
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.
Stereoscopic souvenir images of Salem and the surrounding area, popular in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Graduate theses, honors theses, and student zines.
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 from the Salem Normal School, Salem Teachers College, and Salem State College.
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 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 have digitized many booklets, pamphlets, maps, graduate theses, and images.
Flickr is our home for photographs, stereoviews, postcards, and ephemera.
Search the library catalog for Special Collection books and journals available in the Reading Room.
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.