the nelson dionne salem history collection

Salem Common, ca. 1890

Salem Coast Guardsmen rescuing

a little girl off the coast of Nantucket.



About the

Nelson Dionne Salem History Fund
The Nelson Dionne Salem History Fund was created in 2014 to support Dionne's efforts to return Salem historical material to Salem, and to ensure that his archive is preserved and made available to all at Salem State. Contributions made payable to the Salem State University Foundation, which manages the Dionne Fund, are tax-deductible.


We invite you to support

this important work:

Online: salemstate.edu/donate

(Select Mr. Dionne's Fund in the drop-down menu next to "Direct my gift to.")

By mail:

Please make your check payable to the Salem State University Foundation and include "Dionne Fund" on the check.

Mail it to: Salem State University, Berry Library, Archives and Special Collections, 352 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970. THANK YOU!


By purchasing our books!
Part of the proceeds from all of
our books go to the (nonprofit)
Nelson Dionne Salem History Fund.


WE ARE AVAILABLE FOR TALKS

AND BOOK SIGNINGS!


Please contact

Bonnie Hurd Smith

About Salem’s Forgotten Stories


Salem’s Forgotten Stories is a series of books produced by Nelson Dionne and published by Hurd Smith Communications using information and photographs from the Nelson Dionne Salem History Collection at the Salem State University Archives and Special Collections. The first book in the series is U. S. Coast Guard Air Station Salem, Massachusetts.


Books in process for publication in 2015-2016:

Salem Serves: Sites and Stories from the Military

   and Patriotic Heritage of Salem, Massachusetts 

Salem Gives: Early Philanthropy in Salem, Massachusetts

Salem Eats: A Nostalgic Look at Favorite Salem Eateries of 
   Yesterday and Today

Salem Trolleys and Buses: Horse-drawn, Electric, and Gas-Powered


Future titles may include Salem’s Railroad and Train Depots, Salem Shops, Salem Celebrates, Salem Works, Salem Plays, Salem Goes Bump in the Night (mysteries, murders), Salem Welcomes Tourists, Salem Moves (transportation), Salem Invents, Salem Harbor, Salem Goes to Sea, Salem Gets Together (social and civic clubs), Salem in Business, Salem Has Guests (VIPs, hotels, B&Bs), Salem and The Law, With Love from Salem, and Postcards from Salem.



About the Nelson Dionne Salem History Collection


The Nelson Dionne Collection is a rich source of material on the history of Salem. The collection focuses on the 19th-century to the present, with an emphasis on ethnic groups, business, travel and tourism, transportation, religious and social organizations, and the built environment. Included in the collection are books, photographs and postcards, stereographs, organization and business records, trade publications, and a wide variety of ephemera.  The collection is open to the public and is currently being used for scholarly projects, student and faculty work, and digital exhibits. The Archives and Special Collections is planning to scan much of the material and make it available on the Internet for all to use.
—Susan Edwards, Archives and Special Collections, Salem State University



And you?


Please donate your own photographs, postcards, and other paper material about Salem to the Salem State Archives! Contact Susan Edwards, Archivist, at sedwards@salemstate.edu, or call her at 978-542-6781.