Collecting the Globe
The Salem East India Marine Society Museum
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
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.
"Well researched, full of compelling details and anecdotes, and nicely written, Collecting the Globe will appeal to anyone interested in museums, maritime history, and nineteenth-century patterns of trade and urban development."—Andrew McClellan, author of The Art Museum from Boullée to Bilbao