Local History Research

Tips for Salem Research

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Salem Links and Lore – a collection of information about Salem, Massachusetts gathered by the staff of the Salem Public Library.

Topical Clippings

Librarians have maintained a gathering of newspaper and magazine articles, pamphlets, brochures, photographs, postcards, and other ephemera relating to people, places, and things in Salem and the surrounding communities. It is intended to provide patrons with historic and background information on each topic. It is a great place to start! Please note: these files are not all-inclusive for any given topic. It is likely that additional material for each topic is available within other Salem Public Library holdings as well as other collections in the North Shore area.  A complete list of files maintained by the library is listed below.

List of Vertical Files available@ your Library

Reference Dept Information

Address and Phone:
370 Essex St
Salem, MA 01970


Second Floor

Parking and Transportation:
Street parking along Essex St between Boston and Beckford Streets.

MBTA bus stop “Essex St opp. Monroe St” is in front of the library, served by bus 450

Available Services

  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Copiers
  • Scanners
  • FAX
  • Conference Rooms
  • Museum Passes
  • The Salem News from 1880 – Present
  • Boston Globe & New York Times on microfilm
  • Microfilm readers & printers
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • WiFi (100+ Mbps download)
  • The Salem Room (local history)