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Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum
This collection, created to honor the centennial of the Great Salem (Mass.) Fire of June 25, 1914, displays 150 images that depict the burned district before the fire; the conflagration and how it spread; fire-fighting efforts and images of the Salem Fire Department and its equipment; the ruins and destruction caused by the fire; the plight of the homeless and relief efforts to assist them; and the reconstruction and redevelopment of the city. Improvements in technology provided opportunities to extract details from images that were not readily seen at the time the images were created; the collection includes several detail images. Captions identifying street names use the names current at the time of the fire. All images include a negative number. When possible, the name of the photographer has been identified.