A Guide to the On-Line Primary Sources of the Salem Witch Trials
About this Guide
This website is a free portal to make it easier to access the on-line primary sources -- both in transcription and facsimile images -- of the Salem Witch Trials located at other websites on the internet. Most of the links will take you to the Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive at the University of Virginia, others will take you to the Witchcraft Collection at the Cornell University Library website, and a few others will take you to other sites, such as the Library of Congress, Maryland State Archives and the NEHGS. Texts or images are generally not hosted at 17thc.us: these webpages are only an index to make locating what you want on-line easier.
Please let me know if there's something you can't find or that I've missed, or just to convey your appreciation: Email Margo

What's in this Guide?
Contents of Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt
This is a list of the entries included in Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt, Bernard Rosenthal, General Editor (Cambridge University Press, 2009), with links, as available, to facsimiles of the original manuscripts. The 71 new items not included in Salem Witchcraft Papers are hilited.

Cross-Reference: Salem Witchcraft Papers (1977) and Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt
This page will help you if you have a citation in SWP and need to find it in Records, the new reference.

Cross-Reference: Woodward's Records of Salem Witchcraft (1864) and Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt
This page will help you if you use Woodward and need to find something in the new Records.

Cross-Reference: Richard Godbeer's The Salem Witch Hunt (2011) and Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt
This page will help you if you are using the modernized transcriptions in Godbeer's book and want to refer to the unmodified transcriptions of 71 of them that are available in Records.
List of Accused People
This is a list of people who were accused of witchcraft, whose names appear in the legal records. Unlike the search feature, this list is based on names that are not only in the titles, but mentioned within the documents themselves, and will give you information about what kinds of evidence of the legal proceedings against this person exists in the primary sources.

If you are trying to understand what happened to a specific person, this handout is a helpful guide concerning what information you can find in which kinds of primary sources. NOTE: Permission is granted to teachers to reproduce this handout for class assignments, but not for commercial purposes.
Search
Search the descriptive titles of the texts in the Guide. NOTE: The search currently searches the titles as they appear in Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt. I am working on adding a Soundex option so that alternate spellings of names will be acceptable input (i.e., CLINTON and CLENTON, KOREY and CORY, PROCTOR and PROCTER, etc.), but until then, if you need to find a particular name, you may need to check how a name is spelled in Records, or use the above link to the list of Accused People.
Manuscript Archives
There are many facsimile images of the manuscripts available on-line, but this page will allow you to browse facsimiles according to archive that holds the original manuscript. Most of the documents are located at the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, but the Massachusetts Archives, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Boston Public Library have substanial collections of the original manuscripts.
Rare Books
There are many facsimiles and texts of rare books currently available in digital format on-line, and many different editions of the same books. Some are books known to have been read by the magistrates and ministers in Massachusetts, others were written in the years following the trials, others with public and private records of the period, and then later hard-to-find books about the episode (many from the 19th century). This will allow you to browse rare books by title and see what is available where. Many are located at Cornell and Virginia, but others are at the University of Michigan, Hanover College, Project Gutenberg, The Internet Archives and other hosts of eBook projects.
Misc.
Sampler (left) made by Mary (Hollingworth) English

Primary Sources
Helpful guides for using original items produced at the time of an event.
The Library of Congess
Teacher's Guide to Analyzing Primary Sources:
     http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/resources/Analyzing_Primary_Sources.pdf
Teacher's Guide to Analyzing Manuscripts:
     http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/resources/Analyzing_Manuscripts.pdf
Teacher's Guide to Analyzing Books and Other Printed Texts:
     http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/resources/Analyzing_Books_and_Other_Printed_Texts.pdf
Reference and User Services, American Library Association
Using Primary Sources on the Web: http://www.ala.org/rusa/sections/history/resources/pubs/usingprimarysources

Paleography - The Study of Old Handwriting
To decipher the handwriting in primary source manuscripts in English, you may want to get some help at the following interactive tutorials.
National Archives (UK): Reading Old Handwriting, 1500-1800, Interactive Palaeography Tutorial
Home Page: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/palaeography/
Interactive Tutorial: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/palaeography/tutorial/
Game: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/palaeography/game/
Cambridge University: English Handwriting 1500-1700, An Online Course
Home Page: http://www.english.cam.ac.uk/ceres/ehoc/
Transcription Conventions: http://www.english.cam.ac.uk/ceres/ehoc/conventions.html
Sample Transcriptions, with Lessons: http://www.english.cam.ac.uk/ceres/ehoc/samples.html

Other Websites of Interest
Scottish Witchcraft Database, University of Edinburgh
http://webdb.ucs.ed.ac.uk/witches/


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