Collecting the globe : the Salem East India Marine Society Museum / George H. Schwartz.
- Other Title:
- Salem East India Marine Society Museum
- Amherst and Boston : University of Massachusetts Press, 
- Public history in historical perspective
Public history in historical perspective
xi, 226 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
- Salem East India Marine Society Museum.
East-India Marine Society of Salem.
Maritime museums -- Massachusetts -- Salem.
Shipping -- Massachusetts -- Salem -- History.
Salem (Mass.) -- History, Naval.
Massachusetts -- Salem.
- The East India Marine Society Museum was one of the most influential collecting institutions in nineteenth-century America. From 1799 to 1867, when Salem, Massachusetts, was a premier American port and launching pad for international trade, the museum's collection developed at a nexus of global exchange, with donations of artwork, crafts, and flora and fauna pouring in from distant ports of call. At a time when the country was filled with Barnum-esque exhibitions, visitors to this museum could circumnavigate the globe and gain an understanding of the world and their place within it. "Collecting the Globe' presents the first in-depth exploration of the East India Marine Society Museum, the precursor to the internationally acclaimed Peabody Essex Museum. Offering fresh perspectives on museums in the United States before the Civil War and how they helped shape an American identity, George H. Schwartz explores the practices of collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting a diversity of international objects and art in the early United States.
- "A cabinet, that every mariner may possess the history of the world"
"May resources from the ambition of its members continue to accomplish its design"
"Gathered, with cost and pains, from every clime"
Exhibition and display
"That thus their exploits, on the ocean wave, from age to age might still be handed down".
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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