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Since the turn of the century, tourism has been an important part of Salem's life and economy. Most of this industry revolves around the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692, but as early as the 1880s people were visiting Salem its literary significance and beautiful architecture.
This is a sampling of some of our archival holdings related to tours and tourism. It includes handwritten tours of the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, postcards featuring Salem through the years, and guestbooks from the museum.
A Moment In Time Interactive Exhibit Clip, 1994
Gables Tour Guides, c.1990
House of the Seven Gables and Witch House Souvenir Dishes, c.1923
Souvenir Witch Plate, c.1920
Salem Streets & People 1860-1930 Postcards, 1974
Derby Street Construction, 1974
House of the Seven Gables Newspaper Clipping, 1910
Letter from E.B. Hinman, 1907
Letter from William A. Roebuck to Willis H. Ropes, 1938
“Account for Guides” Fragment, 1914
Sampling from Museum Guestbook, 1911-1912
Sampling from the Upton Guestbook, 1900-1908
These images may only be used for educational or personal purposes, unless receiving prior written permission from the House of the Seven Gables. The images are not high-resolution and represent only a fraction of the collection. If you need permission or a higher-resolution image please email the Marketing Department. If you would like to arrange access to more of the collection, please email the Collections Manager.