17th Century New England, with special emphasis on the Salem Witchcraft Trials

A 17th Century Colonial New England Bibliography

This is a sometimes-annotated bibliography of the books in my personal reference library as I research 17th century colonial New England. There are a lot about the Salem witch-hunt, Puritan thought, and Anglo-Indian contact, but also a few odds and ends that make sense to me to have on hand. Please note: I do not lend books. To anyone. Most of these titles can be borrowed from any good public or university library. If you want to purchase a copy of any of these titles, I have included direct links to Amazon.com for all but a handful of out-of-print or hard-to-find local imprint titles. To print out the whole bibliography, please use the printer-friendly version to save paper.

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Abbot | Axtell | Begiebing | Boyer | Breitwieser | Briggs | Carlson | Cronon | Demos | Earhart
Francis | Gildrie | Greven | Hall | Hill | Jackson | Kramer | Lockridge | Mather | Miller
Nevins | Powell | Robinson | Rowlandson | Sewall | Starkey | Thompson | VanDerBeets | Weisman | Winslow


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  1. Mather, Cotton. Smolinski, Reiner, ed.. The Threefold Paradise of Cotton Mather: An edition of "Triparadisus". University of Georgia Press: Athens, GA. 1995. Order from Amazon.com

    The manuscript of Cotton Mather's "Triparadisus" was never published in his lifetime.
  2. McCormick, Ian, ed.. Secret Sexualities: A Sourcebook of 17th and 18th Century Writing. Routledge: New York. 1997. Order from Amazon.com

  3. McManis, Douglas R.. Colonial New England: A Historical Geography. Oxford University Press: New York. 1975. Order from Amazon.com

  4. McManus, Edgar J.. Law and Liberty in Early New England: Criminal Justice and Due Process, 1620-1692. University of Massachusetts: Amherst, MA. 1993. Order from Amazon.com

  5. McMillen, Persis W.. Currents of Malice: Mary Towne Esty and Her Family in Salem Witchcraft. Peter Randall: Portsmouth, NH. 1990. Order from Amazon.com

    This hefty tome should be of special interest to descendants of the Towne sisters, and although it is extensively researched, I have found some broad assertions, unsubstantiated conclusions, but worst of all, some outright mistakes, so I would forewarn the reader to double-check anything before citing this particular book as a reference. Still, it does bring together a lot of information and is typically the book I go to first when I need information about these people -- I have had to pencil in my corrections and citations in my copy, however.
  6. Melvoin, Richard I.. New England Outpost: War and Society in Colonial Deerfield. Norton: New York. 1989. Order from Amazon.com

  7. Merrill, Mary, Seamans, Anne, Shannon, Betty, and Harvey, Adele. 17th Century Knitting Patterns, as adapted for Plimoth Plantation. Monograph One, Second Edition. The Weavers Guild: Boston. 1990.


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This page was last updated Feb. 15, 2009 by Margo Burns, My email address.