The Local History Resource Center of the Peabody Institute Library

Sutton RoomWelcome to the Eben Dale Sutton Room

The Eben Dale Sutton Room was created with the October 1866 donation of Eliza Dustin Sutton in memory of her son Eben Dale Sutton who died in 1862 at the age of 14. With her $20,000 donation to the Peabody Institute Library, The Sutton Room was completed in 1869. As the first Reference Room of the Library, it was created to house books of "enduring value." The Eben Dale Sutton room now houses the Library's Archives.

Included in our collection are thousands of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, prints, artifacts and maps documenting life in South Danvers and Peabody from its earliest days. You can learn more about our collection in Holdings and Finding Aids.

For more information about The Local History Resource Center, please contact Erik Bauer, Archivist, at 978-531-0100 x28, or by email at

Policy for use of Archives:

To better assist you research appointments are recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Please email the archivist at for an appointment.

Collections Policy

The Local History Resource Centers seeks to collect manuscripts, photographs, images, books and any printed item relevant to the history of the South Parish of Danvers before 1855, of South Danvers until 1868 and of Peabody from 1868 to present day. We also collect any document or image focusing on the history of the Peabody Institute and George Peabody's donations to the town. In addition, we are interested in any manuscript, image or printed item focusing on Eliza Sutton, her life and many contributions to the library.