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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.

In addition, Archives and Special Collections staff work with other library staff on the library's institutional repository, Digital Commons at Salem State University.

The Archives gladly accepts donations of historic materials that relate to our collecting interests.

Please contact the Archivist to discuss any potential donations.


8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday

The Archives is closed on state holidays and other days throughout the year due to staff schedules. Please call in advance to ensure the success of your visit. In addition, the Archives staff is also happy to help patrons through phone or email.

Contact Information:

Susan Edwards (, Archivist
Dayle Persons (, Archives Assistant

Phone numbers

Salem State University Library, Ground Floor

Mailing Address
Salem State University Archives
Berry Library
Salem State University
352 Lafayette St.
Salem, MA 01970

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