Welcome to our Digital Heritage collection!
The Salem Public Library's Digital Heritage collection presents images from the historic snowfall of the winter of 2014-2015. Collections of images relating the history of our community are in process and will be added to the site in the coming months..
The Salem Public Library was originally built as a home for Captain John Bertram and his family. In 1855, the Bertram family moved from their smaller house at 24 Winter Street and took up residence in their new High Style Italianate brick and brownstone mansion at 370 Essex Street. After Bertram’s death, his widow and daughters offered the mansion on Essex Street to the City of Salem for use as a Public Library. The offer was accepted and the Salem Public Library opened its doors on July 8, 1889.
Salem Public Library owns a number of books about Salem history which have been scanned and made available online through the efforts of the Internet Archive, a non-profit organization founded in 1996 to create an online digital library and preserve it for future historians as well as current users.
The books in this collection cover topics including: vital records, genealogies and family histories churches and cemeteries, military history, industry, geography among others. These titles are owned by Salem Public Library in hard copy, but by following the full text link, you can go directly to the online version and view the scanned copy, as well as search the text of the book by key words.