The city of Peabody is located in Essex County, in northeastern Massachusetts. Peabody was a center for New England’s leather industry, and was home to many manufactories and tanneries. Its nickname is Tanner City.
The PeabodyMassArchives website is a collaboration between the city of Peabody, the Peabody Institute Library, the Peabody Historical Society, and the George Peabody House.
Click on the Public Records link to open a page from which you can access the site’s collection of Peabody birth, marriage, and death records for 1855 to 1880. Click on a record type to open a new page. On the left side of the page you will find an alphabetical list linked to pages in the vital records index. Click on the appropriate link to view the index page. Once you find a record of interest, note the page number. Return to that record’s main page and, on the right, click on the appropriate link to view the record.
Click on the Manuscripts link to view the South Danvers Ladies’ Soldiers Aid Society letters collection. Peabody resident Eunice Cook formed the society in 1861, and the members raised funds and supplies for use by the United States Sanitary Commission. Cook received letters from many individuals who aided the wounded. Fourteen letters have been uploaded to the website. Click on the image title (date and correspondent’s name) to download a PDF of a letter. To download a transcription, click on transcription link.
The Peabody Paragraphs page can be accessed by clicking on the Periodicals link in the menu bar at the top of the homepage. The Peabody Paragraphs articles were featured in the Salem Evening News, and provided readers with information about everyday life in Peabody. The column included political and social news and even gossip. The Peabody Institute Library has scrapbooks containing the articles from 1915 to 1939. Currently, articles from September through December 1915 are available on the website. To view an article, click on the date link. A new page will open with a digitized image of the article.
There are a number of photo galleries on the website. Click on the “Photo Galleries” link in the menu bar at the top of the homepage for access. Click on the thumbnail images to enlarge them. The collections include Peabody in Pictures (photographs of Peabody from a century ago); Leather Work (photographs of Peabody’s leatherwork factories and leather workers); Century Chest (photographs and messages from a time capsule that the people of Peabody assembled in 1902); and two galleries with photographs and other images of George Peabody, the nineteenth-century entrepreneur and philanthropist for whom the city was named.