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Salem Academy of Music Records, 1846-1884

Identifier: MSS 267

Scope and Content Note

The Salem Academy of Music Records contain letters, reports, and financial records of this Salem, Massachusetts, organization. The material is divided into two series.

Series I. Administrative Records consist of records books, including the constitution and bylaws; reports of meetings (Volumes 1, 2, and 3); letters and memos; and two programs dated April 6, 1854 and January 28, 1855. There is a gap in Volume 1 of the record books between October 12, 1849 and January 5, 1854.

Series II. Financial Records consists of an account book and bills and receipts. There is a gap in the account book between 1850 and 1854.


  • Creation: 1846-1884


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Historical Sketch

The Salem Academy of Music was founded in 1846 to cultivate musical taste and science in the city of Salem, Massachusetts. Instruction was to be provided by Professors Manuel Emilio and Manuel Fenollosa. The salary of the professors was two dollars each per evening, and the number of evenings was not to exceed sixty. The admission fee for new members was five dollars.

The organization existed in Salem for just a short time, 1846-1857, according to the records in the collection, with many resignations of officers, withdrawal of resignations, disagreements about whether an orchestra should be included in the society, and whether there should be one or two conductors for the vocal and instrumental groups. A final record in the collection is the resignation of the secretary on February 8, 1857, and a record in the account book dated January 1, 1857 of "an amount of $22.00 divided among members."

In this collection there are only two printed programs of concerts performed by the Academy, one held on April 6, 1854, and the other given January 28, 1855. There is mention of a concert given for the July 4th ceremonies in 1854 for the city authorities at Mechanic Hall.


0.5 linear feet (1 box)

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The Salem Academy of Music Records contain letters, reports, and financial records of this Salem, Massachusetts, organization.

Series List

SERIES I. Administrative Records

SERIES II. Financial Records

Physical Location

Phillips Library Stacks


A note in Volume 1 (B1 F2) of the collection indicated that it was presented to the Essex Institute by D. P. Carpenter on January 24, 1881. It is possible that the rest of the collection was donated at the same time, but no definite provenance is known for the whole collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Marion Clark, March 1994. Updated by Nicholas Long, May 2015.

Processed by: Marion Clark; Updated by: Nicholas Long; machine-readable finding aid created by: Rajkumar Natarajan.
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Repository Details

Part of the Phillips Library Repository

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