The Athenaeum inaugurated a strategic program in 2012 to conserve books in the historical collections.  Each year approximately 20 volumes are selected and presented at Conservation Night where members and friends pledge their support to fund the required work.  The work is completed by professional conservators and the renewed volumes are revealed to the sponsors and the public at the following year’s Conservation Night.

To sponsor volumes, or for more information, contact:

Jean Marie Procious

337 Essex Street
Salem, Massachusetts 01970


Our January 13, 2019 Adopt-a-Book event included a lecture by Dr. Sue Weaver Schopf about the influential psychology work of David Hartley.

Interested sponsors may contribute the full price of restoration or a share. Contributions in any amount are gratefully accepted and go toward the books most in need. All donations are tax deductible.

Volumes still seeking sponsors:

Principles of Polity. By Thomas Pownall, Esq. London : Edward Owen, 1752.


An account of the Pelew Islands. By George Keate, Esq. F. R. S. and S. A.  Fourth edition.  London : Captain Wilson, 1789.



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