October 27, 2015

Salem Witch Trials

The Daily Record today featured a review by Christine Bowersox, Collection Management Librarian at Harris Beach, of resources on the Salem Witch Trials. That piqued our curiosity: did we own any of the works on her list? We do have one, "Trials for Witchcraft Before the Special Court of Oyer and Terminer." It's in Volume 1 of American Criminal Trials, in our Rare Book Room. You can find a free electronic version of American Criminal Trials in the Hathi Trust Digital Library.

We also have books on the subject from two excellent series:
The Salem witchcraft trials : a legal history
from the series Landmark law cases & American society
Narratives of the witchcraft cases, 1648-1706
from the series Notable Trials Library.

Also worth mentioning is the University of Virginia's Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project, an impressive collection of primary sources, historical maps, and contemporary commentary.

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