Jim McAllister, an amateur historian, writer and photographer has forged an eclectic career in Salem. His photographs have appeared on billboards, local publicity materials and dozens of publications.
He is co-author two books about Salem; Salem: Cornerstones of a Historic City and Salem: From Naumkeag to Witch City.
McAllister is also a regular columnist on history topics for the Salem Evening News, under the heading Essex County Chronicles.
He leads tours around Salem regularly as head of Derby Square Tours. He also taught a local history course Salem 101 for hundreds of students in his home
on Federal St.
McAllister was honored in 2008 when Essex National Heritage Commission named his Salem's first "Heritage Hero."
He wrote a history of Historic Salem, Inc. in 1994 called A Brief History of Historic Salem Inc., Salem Massachusetts.
Vertical File in Salem Collection - McAllister, Jim
Salem: From Naumkeag to Witch City J. McAllister
Salem: Cornerstones of a Historic City ed. J. Flibbert
Derby Square Tours official website
"Historian Jim McAllister: Salem's first 'heritage hero' Salem News, May 27, 2008, p. 1
"North Weekly: People & Places: Living, breathing Salem history" Boston Sunday Globe, Mar. 5, 1995, p. N13
"North Weekly: People & Places; Keeping the history of Salem alive" Boston Sunday Globe, Jan. 17, 1993, p. N9
"Local icons, past and present (Monopoly, Gorton's and Marshmallow Fluff)" Essex County Chronicles Salem News, July 1, 2013, p. 9
"The North Shore has long been the summer destination for monied elite" Essex County Chronicles Salem News, Jun 3, 2013, p. 13
"Salem's longtime economic hub" (history of local energy companies) Essex County Chronicles Salem News, May 20, 2013, p. 4
"From the high seas to the Oval Office; North Shore vessels and their place in American history" Essex County Chronicles Salem News, July 16, 2013, p. 6