Witchcraft Links & Resources

As a 17th century historian and archaeologist working in Salem, you can't help but get caught up in the Salem witchcraft trials. Here are some of my personal projects related to witchraft and magic in early New England, as well as some recommended web sites. Thanks to Donna Vinson and Lance Eaton for their help in putting this page together.    -- Emerson W. Baker

Recommended Websites Related to Witchcraft

Warning - there are a huge number of web sites related to witchcraft. Some are excellent, others are not. Be sure to use critical judgement when evaluating these, or any other web sites for that matter!

  • European Witchcraft - Documents and Bibliographies On-Line
  • European Witchcraft - Other Links
  • New England Witchcraft  - Documents and Bibliographies On-Line
  • New England Witchcraft - Other sites

European Witchcraft - Documents and Bibliographies On-Line

  • Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads - To access several key witchcraft tracts at the Bodleain Library, Oxford. '
  • The Discoverie of Witchcraft  (1584) by Reginald Scot:  excerpts at Rutgers University
  • Internet Medieval Sourcebook sources on Witchcraft
  • Malleus Maleficarum On Line - Unabridged online republication of the 1928 edition, including translation notes, and two introductions by Montague Summers.
  • Rare Books Online: Witchcraft in Europe and America - A substantial part of Conrell Unviersity's famous witchcraft collection available on-line. A subscription fee is charged.
  • Thomas Middleton, The Witch  (ca. 1613) - An interesting play, written in the wake of Dr. Faustus and MacBeth
  • Witchcraft Bibliography Project - This is the definitive bibiliographic source for the history of witchcraft 

European Witchcraft - Other Links

  • Best Witches - A site that has many excellent links for the study of witchcraft
  • Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies - At the University of Toronto for background and links.
  • Furness Shakespeare Library at the University of Pennsylvania: For Shakespeare and English Renaissance e-texts
  • Public Execution in Early Modern England - Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image at the University of Pennsylvania:  two sixteenth-century witchcraft tracts in Latin
  • Tyburn Tree: Public Execution in Early Modern England
  • The Witching Hours - A site geared for a popular audience, with many useful links

New England Witchcraft - Documents and Bibliographies On-Line

New England Witchcraft - Other sites

  • Seventeenth-Century Colonial New England, with Special Emphasis on the Salem Trials - Margo Burn's website is one of the most inclusive ones out there for witchcraft in early New England. It includes many materials on the Crucible, as well as information designed for students in grades K-8
  • Witch City - A site for the video on how the events of 1692 are portrayed in Salem today
  • Essex County Registry of Deeds - The first 20 books of the Essex Deeds are available here on line. Unfortunately, the indexes are not on-line, but they are available at the court house. Also note that the "pages" referred to on-line are numbered pages, while the index at the court house refers to "folios" (consisting of one piece of paper, front and back) So the on-line page numbers are roughly double the number of the folio given in the index.
  • Family Search - On-Line Searching for genealogical data on people world-wide, from the extensive collections of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints. An incredible resource. 
  • The Plymouth Colony Archive - James Deetz's web site at the University of Viriginia, with many sources and links for seventeenth-century Plymouth Colony.
  • Plimoth Plantation - A good web site for seventeenth-century Massachusetts