Peabody Academy of Science

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The Peabody Academy of Science (1868-1915) in Salem, Massachusetts, successor to the East India Marine Society, "was organized in 1868, having received funds ... from George Peabody of London ... for the 'promotion of science and useful knowledge in the county of Essex.'"[1] It was incorporated by "Asa Gray, of Cambridge, William C. Endicott, of Salem, George Peabody Russell, of Salem, Othniel C. Marsh, of New Haven, ... Henry Wheatland, of Salem, Abner C. Goodell, junior, of Salem, James R. Nichols, of Haverhill, ... Henry C. Perkins, of Newburyport, and S. Endicott Peabody.[2]

The academy maintained a museum that displayed animals, fossils, minerals, and plants, as well as ethnological artifacts such as weapons, costume, tools, statuary, and musical instruments.[3] In 1915 the Academy changed its name to the Peabody Museum of Salem.[4]


  1. ^ Charles Edward Trow (1905). Old Shipmasters of Salem. G.P. Putnam's Sons. 
  2. ^ An act to incorporate the Trustees of the Peabody Academy of Science, 1868 
  3. ^ Visitor's Catalogue of the Museum of the Peabody Academy of Science. Salem, Mass.: Peabody Academy of Science. 1879. 
  4. ^ "An Act to Change the Name of the Trustees of the Peabody Academy of Science to Peabody Museum of Salem", Acts and Resolves Passed by the General Court of Massachusetts, 1915 

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