The roots of the Peabody Essex Museum date to the 1799 founding of the East India Marine Society, an organization of Salem captains and supercargoes who had sailed beyond either the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Horn. The society’s charter included a provision for the establishment of a “cabinet of natural and artificial curiosities,” which is what we today would call a museum. Society members brought to Salem a diverse collection of objects from the northwest coast of America, Asia, Africa, Oceania, India and elsewhere. By 1825, the society moved into its own building, East India Marine Hall, which today contains the original display cases and some of the very first objects collected.
The Peabody Essex has emerged as a new and different kind of museum — one that creates a richer experience for visitors by bringing art, architecture and culture together in new ways, and by presenting art in the world in which it was made. Astonishingly, given the superlative quality and scope of museum holdings, the majority of collection areas had never been adequately exhibited. Most had not been exhibited at all. The Peabody Essex is now able to interpret its singular collection in ways that invite visitors to discover the inextricable connections that link artistic and cultural traditions, connections that have always influenced art and culture and that now characterize our lives in a global community. By presenting contemporary and historical work, the museum can help link the past and the present.
The Peabody Essex is one of the nation's major museums for Asian art, including Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Indian art, along with the finest collection of Asian Export art extant and 19th-century Asian photography. It presents the earliest collections of Native American and Oceanic art in the nation — all collections of exceptional standing. The historic houses and gardens, and American decorative art and maritime art collections provide an unrivaled spectrum of New England's heritage over 300 years.
The Phillips Library is pleased to announce the availability of a Francis E. Malamy Fellowship.
About the Frances E. Malamy Fellowship
One recipient will be awarded the Frances E. Malamy Fellowship to perform independent scholarly research at the Phillips Library, located at 306 Newburyport Turnpike in Rowley, MA. Fellowships awarded in 2019 can be taken between March 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. Malamy Fellows are expected to be in residence for a minimum of eight weeks, though these do not have to be consecutive weeks. Research must include primary use of archival materials held at the Phillips Library, and/or archiving activities under the direction of the Phillips Library staff.
The recipient will receive a $5,500 award, payable in two equal installments, at the middle and conclusion of his/her residency. The recipient will be asked to write a blog for the library or to present his/her research at a brown bag lunch. This fellowship does not include housing.
The Malamy fellowship is available to U.S. citizens, green card holders, and holders of an F1 student visa or a J1 practicum/training visa.
Doctoral students, post-doctoral, academics, and independent scholars, as well as curators, and other library, archive and museum professionals, are welcome to apply.
All application materials, including references, must be received by 11:59 pm on January 15, 2019. Materials may be submitted electronically or via post to Library Fellowship Committee / 306 Newburyport Turnpike / Rowley, MA 01969. Please ensure your application includes specific references to Phillips Library collection material, as found through our online catalog. To apply, fill out either the online Fellowship Application Form or the Fellowship Application PDF. All applicants will be notified of the committee's decision after February 15, 2018.
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