15 Sylvan Street
Located in the basement of the Peabody Institute Library on Sylvan Street in Danvers, MA is the Danvers Archival Center, run by historian and Town Archivist Richard Trask.
We are open and to keep you and our staff safe, we require strict compliance with our mask and physically distance policy. Because we are functioning at 25% capacity, you may need to wait on our front plaza for up to 15 minutes before entering the museum for your visit. Please plan accordingly. Tickets are sold ONLINE ONLY and we suggest you purchase your tickets before you arrive in Salem. We look forward to welcoming you to the Salem Witch Museum.
More About Danvers Archival Center
In the Danvers Archival Center, visitors can research witchcraft trials and other Salem Village and Danvers-related history from the 17th century to the present. The archives include books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, newspapers, and more.
Richard Trask is a leading authority on the Salem witch-hunt of 1692 and the author of “The Devil hath been raised”: A Documentary History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Outbreak of March, 1692. He spearheaded the effort to uncover the foundation of the Salem Village Parsonage in 1970, was a consultant during the filming of Three Sovereigns for Sarah in 1984, overseeing the re-creation of the Salem Village meeting house at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead, and served as chairman of the Salem Village Witchcraft Tercentennial Committee of Danvers. In 2019, he was interviewed for the first episode of the Smithsonian Channel Series, America’s Hidden Stories: Salem’s Secrets.
The Peabody Institute Library was established in 1856 by Danvers native, banker, and philanthropist George Peabody. The original building burned in 1890. The present Georgian Revival building was dedicated in 1892. Remodeling and new construction in 1963 and 1980 created the areas for the Children’s Room and the Archival Center.
For additional information, please visit: https://www.danverslibrary.org/archive/