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Salem Witchcraft Trials Records

Salem Witchcraft Trials Records

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SALEM WITCHCRAFT TRIALS RECORDS, 1691-1693





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Title:Salem Witchcraft Trials Records
Dates:1691/1693
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:This collection contains various legal documents from the witchcraft trials held in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692/1693. Formerly titled, "Salem Witchcraft Papers of the Essex Institute Archives: Essex County Court of Oyer and Terminer, Salem Witchcraft Trials", the name has been changed to reflect the provenance of the documents within this collection, all documents having been given to the Phillips Libary by various families.
Collection Number:MSS 401

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Scope and Content Note

Formerly titled, "Salem Witchcraft Papers of the Essex Institute Archives: Essex County Court of Oyer and Terminer, Salem Witchcraft Trials", the name has been changed to reflect the provenance of the documents within this collection, all documents having been given to the Phillips Library by various families.


Note that several hearings may appear within a single document. For example, Folder 3 contains one manuscript document with both the complaint and indictment against George Burroughs upon it.


The documents located in Folders 1 through 26 were digitized and can be found on a website hosted by the University of Virginia (http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/archives/eia.xml/). Folder descriptions were changed to match the descriptions used by the University of Virginia on its website. Documents located in Folders 27 through 31 have not been digitized.


Transcriptions of these documents, as well as additional witchcraft documents held in other archives, were published in Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum's, The Salem Witchcraft Papers: Verbatim Transcriptions of the Court Records. Bernard Rosenthal's, Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt is another transcription that lists the events of the Witchcraft Trials chronologically.


Historical Sketch

The Salem Witchcraft Trials were a series of hearings before county court trials to prosecute people accused of witchcraft in the counties of Essex, Suffolk, and Middlesex in colonial Massachusetts, between February 1692 and May 1693. Despite being generally known as the Salem Witchcraft Trials, the preliminary hearings in 1692 were conducted in various towns across the province: Salem Village (now Danvers), Ipswich, Andover, and Salem Town. The best-known trials were conducted by the Court of Oyer and Terminer in 1692 in Salem Town.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Burroughs, George
Corey, Martha
Dounlon, William
Eames, Rebecca
Good, Sarah
Hobbs, Abigail
Ingersoll, Nathaniel
Jackson, Elizabeth, 1637-1692
Lee, John
Nurse, Rebecca, 1621-1692
Parker, Mary
Parris, Samuel
Proctor, Elizabeth
Proctor, John, ca. 1595-1672
Putnam, Thomas
Rayment, William, Jr.
Wilds, Sarah
Trials (Witchcraft)--Massachusetts--Salem
Witchcraft--Massachusetts--Salem--History--17th century
Danvers (Mass.)--History
Salem (Mass.)--History

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Salem Witchcraft Trials Records, MSS 401, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This collection, formerly named "The Essex Institute Collection" was created from documents in the Harriet Putnam Fowler Papers (Fam. Mss. 337), and from donors W.D. Pickman (1865), Daniel White (1850), and Alfred Putnam Goodell (1934). It includes one color photocopy of a manuscript document held at Karpeles Manuscript Archive in Santa Barbara, California.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Andrew French and Tamara Gaydos, March 2011.


Related Material

Bibliography


Boyer, Paul and Nissenbaum, Stephen, eds. Salem Witchcraft Papers: Verbatim Transcripts. New York: De Capo Press, 1971. 3 vols.


Burr, George Lincoln, ed. Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases, 1648-1706. Mineola: Dover Publications, 2002.


Dow, George Francis, ed. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County Massachusetts. Salem: 1911.


Rosenthal, Bernard, ed. Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.


Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project. Ray, Benjamin and University of Virginia, 2002. http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/archives/eia.xml/ or http://etext.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/home.html


Trask, Richard B., ed. The Devil Hath Been Raised: A Documentary History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Outbreak of March 1692. Danvers: Yeoman Press, 1992.


Related Collections


Essex County Court Archives, Salem Witchcraft Papers


WPA Transcripts


Microfilm #181 Witchcraft Transcriptions


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