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Catalog Number 2014.67.2
Object Name Report, Administrative
Scope & Content Series 1 - Peabody Papers -- This series covers the early years of Peabody to near present day.

South Danvers and Peabody Papers encompass all records relating to the history of South Danvers and Peabody from its earliest days until the present. Included with these papers are town reports from 1752 to1916; documents recording the division of the town in 1855 and of the decision to change the name of South Danvers to Peabody in 1868; reports on town and city government; the original city charter and any later revisions; manuals of city government; Selectman's Records; Treasurer's Accounts; Surveyor's Records; Electric Department Papers; Census Records; Assessor's and Tax Records; Health Department and J. B. Thomas Hospital Papers; notices of applications for naturalization; Almshouse records; information regarding those who served in the Civil War, Spanish-American War and WWI; brochures and other papers related to various Peabody organizations; and Miscellaneous Papers.

Town Reports start in 1752, when Danvers voted to separate from Salem. These minutes record all transactions and decisions of the town during critical years of our nation's history. From 1752 until 1775, tensions leading up to the American Revolution are apparent, as well as the controversies of those times. After the Revolution, the struggle to form a new government was discussed, as well as problems with the economy. After 1820, the minutes detail the increasing animosity between the North Parish (Danvers) and the South Parish (South Danvers) until 1854, when Danvers voted to separate into two towns, Danvers and South Danvers. Yearly reports continue until 1868, when the citizens voted to change the name of the town to Peabody, in honor of their most famous son, George Peabody. Accounts for the Town of Peabody were made until 1916 when the citizens voted to become a city.

Selectman's Reports are a chronological account of the money spent for the maintenance of the town. Treasurer's Accounts are records of those transactions. Surveyor's Papers include information on the boundaries between South Danvers and Peabody and neighboring towns; Divisional Fence reports record disputes over property lines; and Highway Surveyor's papers record the laying of new roads or changes in old roads. Assessor's Papers include copies of the Collector's Warrants, permitting them to collect taxes, instructions to the Collectors, total amounts assessed, notification of taxes the town owed the county and state, as well as records of the Assessor's meetings to decide on valuation of property. Tax records before 1855 are included in the Town of Danvers Reports. After 1855, they were recorded and bound yearly. The tax records name property owners, describe the land and buildings owned, the location of said property and the value at time of valuation.

Stock Returns from 1859 to 1862 are an alphabetical listing of investors in local banks, railroads and the Salem and Danvers Aqueduct Corporation. They include the institution in which investments were made, number of shares held and the value of shares.

Census and Assessor's accounts from 1878 to 1896 are included here, as well as lists of Poll Taxes from 1877 to 1962 and Voter Registration from 1877 to 1973. Census records are semi-alphabetical and divided by area of town. Generally, male head of households, only, were listed, as well as the number of houses and amount of livestock owned. Names of streets where residences were located were named, as well as any comments that were needed. Poll Tax Records were also semi-alphabetical and until 1920, included only male voters. Voter Registration lists include the name, age, place of birth, residence at time of registration, occupation and place of occupation for the voter.

Included with the South Danvers and Peabody papers is the original broadside informing the citizens of South Danvers of the petition to change the name of the town to Peabody. The broadside also denounced the accusation that George Peabody was a Confederate sympathizer. Also filed here is the original petition sent to the State legislature, signed by twenty-six residents.

In 1897 and again in 1920, investigations into the management of the government were conducted. These reports can be found here. Also included with these records are the 1915 report by the committee nominated to explore the possibility of Peabody becoming a city; a copy of the Special Act for the Incorporation of the City of Peabody in 1916; further surveys of the city government; policies for growth and improvement; Planning Board studies; records of zoning changes; monographs describing Peabody and documents related to events held in City Hall, as well as its history. The broadside for the Dedication of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in 1881 has been removed to Oversize Box 6. All loose papers found in the Fence Viewer's and Perambulation of Boundary volumes were separated and filed in Box 1.

Included with these papers are registration books naming the men from South Danvers and Peabody who served in the Civil War, Spanish-American War and World War I, as well as those who served on the Peabody Board of Exemption from 1917 to 1919. Loose papers found in the Civil War Registry have been removed to Box 2. Also filed here is a booklet of an address given in Peabody in 1883 regarding the service of the 45th Massachusetts Volunteers and the 8th Massachusetts Regiment and the broadside published for the Dedication of the Soldiers and Sailors' Monument on November 10th, 1881. Filed here as well is the 1888 Peabody Prohibition Ticket announcing the nominations for President, etc. Police correspondence include letters between Mayor McGrath and the Chief of Police regarding the use of police cruisers, a notice regarding the proper use of dispatch messages, news clippings and memorandums regarding a local pharmacist charged with violating narcotic laws and a copy of a picture of the Peabody Police in the year 1900.

Included with the J. B. Thomas and Health Department records is a 1792 Danvers Hospital Inoculation record. It names those who received the vaccine and though it's not sure where this was done, in 1777 the vaccinations were conducted at the Derby Farm, located off Andover Street, near the present day Buttonwood Lane. The October 15, 1792 Town minutes report that "persons shall be inoculated for the Small Pox shall bare his or her own expence in every particular."

J. B. Thomas Hospital Papers include a copy of J. B. Thomas's 1899 will; 1910 program for a play performed to raise funds for the Aid Association; 1930 and 1949 Hospital Annual Reports; 1939 speech by William F. Regan outlining his reasons for his vote for Hospital Trustees; 1939 correspondence regarding John E. Sullivan's suspension as Hospital Superintendent and the abolishment of the position of surgical director; letters to the City of Peabody from Hospital Trustees; 1944 correspondence regarding legal matters between the hospital and city; 1946 list of staff; a 1946 article Surgeons Who Toy With Death by Paul Giguere discussing the unnecessary deaths caused by hospitals, J. B. Thomas being mentioned; 1957 City Auditor's Report on the Hospital; and notes taken at a meeting of the Hospital Board.

Health Department reports for 1931, 1935 and 1938 record the illnesses treated by city nurses, including scarlet fever, diphtheria, tuberculosis and anthrax. Statistics for the years given are included, as well as those for the previous ten years.

Records for the South Danvers and later, Peabody Almshouse include the Register from 1868-1905 and Accounts kept with the Town from 1906-1910. Also included here is the record book kept for various drives held in Peabody for the victims of the San Francisco earthquake in 1906; the Chelsea fire of 1908; the earthquake in Italy in 1909 and the Salem fire of 1914.

Electric Department Papers include: rates scheduled for 1941 and 1948; restrictions on use of power during WWII; promotional bulletin regarding electricity with an anti-communist sentiments, as well as others in later years; announcements of upcoming projects in 1950; Municipal Light Plant reports to City and Mayor; papers for the establishment of a Municipal Lighting Commission in 1951; speech by chairman of commission; contracts for services by engineers to Electric Department; and copies of letters to the editor regarding electric rates.

Included with the remaining papers are the Delano Kennard correspondence between 1945 to 1951. Kennard was the Peabody reporter for the Salem Evening News during those years and the correspondence includes information regarding the sewage problems of the city, the trustees of the J. B. Thomas Hospital, as well as other city matters. The remainder of papers contain notices of applications for naturalization from 1885-1899; codes for the City of Peabody; brochures for local Peabody organizations and for community events, as well as community and City Hall information.

Also included in this collection are two photograph albums recording the City of Peabody's Bicentennial Years, 1975 to 1976. They are located on the Photograph Shelves.
Access Conditions Restricted to use in Sutton Room or Research area.
Creator South Danvers & Peabody
Title Series 1 - Peabody Papers
Level of description Series
Copyrights All copyrights belong to the Peabody Institute Library, Peabody, MA
Collection Local History Resource Center
Subjects Peabody (Mass.)
Peabody (Mass.) - Boundaries
Peabody (Mass.)--Almshouse
Peabody (Mass.)--Brooksby Farm
Peabody (Mass.)--Buildings, Structures, Ect.
Peabody (Mass.)--Buildings, Structures, Monuments, etc.--Pictorial works.
Peabody (Mass.)--Centennial celebrations, etc.
Peabody (Mass.)--Description
Peabody (Mass.)--Fire Fighting, Firemen & Fire Station
Peabody (Mass.)--Government--Budget(s)
Peabody (Mass.)--Highways
Peabody (Mass.)--History
Peabody (Mass.)--History - World War I, 1914-1918 - Registers, lists, etc.
Peabody (Mass.)--History --Fire Fighting, Firemen, Fire Station
Peabody (Mass.)--History--Politics and government
Peabody (Mass.)--Maps
Peabody (Mass.)--Politics and Government
Peabody (Mass.)--Streets
Peabody (Mass.)--Transportation
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