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Salem Witchcraft Trials


Scope and Content Note

From the Collection:

Please note that the physical collection has been returned to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

This is a collection of documents from the Court of Oyer and Terminer's Salem, Massachusetts witchcraft trials in 1692. All descriptions of the documents, and their authors, have come from Bernard Rosenthal's book Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt. Hands refers to the person whose handwriting has been identified in the document, for example, "hand #2 Stephen Sewall" means that the second set of handwriting has been identified as belonging to Stephen Sewall. Documents have been indexed by name--conducting another search by individual name(s) will narrow down your search to specific documents.

The document in folder 19 (Elizabeth Fuller v. John Lee) does not, after much scholarly review, have anything to do with any witchcraft case (Rosenthal, 978).

The documents located in Folders 1 through 26 were digitized and can be found on a website hosted by the University of Virginia (

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.


  • Creation: 1692-1693, undated


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From the Collection: 0.25 linear feet (1 box)

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Repository Details

Part of the Phillips Library Repository

Peabody Essex Museum
306 Newburyport Turnpike
Rowley MA 01969 USA