All posts by Catherine Robertson

Catherine Robertson

Catherine Robertson

Prior to joining the Peabody Essex Museum, Catherine Robertson received her M.L.I.S and a master’s degree in history from Simmons College, where her studies focused on race and social history in 19th-century America. She has worked at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, and interned at Emerson College. As a reference librarian, she is excited to help others develop and expand their passions for history through the collections at PEM.

Logbook of the Elizabeth Leavitt, traveling to Havana from Boston, 1858. - See more at:


When my fellow librarians and I became aware of this month’s theme for PEM/PM, we knew right away that the Phillips Library collections needed to be a part of it.  …


Miniature books

Ask any librarian and they will tell you that every book has something that makes it “special.”  Here at the Phillips Library our shelves are filled with books that are …