Archives and Special Collections

The archives collects materials documenting the history of Salem and Essex County generally, as well as the following specific areas: the history of Salem State University and its predecessor institutions (Salem State College, Salem Normal School and Salem Teachers College), the history of education, historic geography, maps and cartography, the Beat Writers, and politics, public interest groups, and social/ economic issues in the North Shore region.

Included in the archives collection is the Nelson Dionne Collection. Salem native Nelson Dionne donated his massive collection of materials reflecting the chronicle of Salem in 2013. The collection explores Salem from the 19th century to the present, spotlighting ethnic groups, business and labor, travel and tourism, transportation, religious and social organizations, and the evolution of the city's built and natural environment. Included in the collection are books, photographs and postcards, stereographs, records of organizations, trade publications, and a wide variety of memorabilia.

The archives special collections also includes:
college catalogs, Essex County lithographs, historic maps, and Salem fire documents.

See also: Digital Commons at Salem State University

The Salem State University Archives is open from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.
The archives is closed on state holidays and may be closed on other days throughout the year due to staff schedules.

Patrons are encouraged to call in advance to ensure the success of their visit.
The archives staff is also happy to help patrons through phone or email reference service.

Susan Edwards, Archivist
Dayle Persons, Archives Assistant

The archives gladly accepts donations of historic materials that relate to our collecting interests.
Please contact the archivist to discuss any potential donations.

Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons (ground floor)
Salem State Univeristy, North Campus
Salem, MA 01970

Mailing Address
352 Lafayette St
Salem, MA 01970