Here you will find a list of sources with historical and other background information on the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692, curated by your HPL librarians.
If you have a question, need help finding a source or you want to find more resources, please contact us.
Includes primary sources--documents and images--relating to the trials of 1692 and an informative introductory essay that recounts events in Salem at the time of the trials. This is part of the Famous American Trials site of Douglas O. Linder at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
This interactive site simulates the terrifying experience of being accused of witchcraft in Salem in 1692. After the interactive feature, users can ask questions of historians and view a bibliography. An excellent use of technology to bring history alive.
This official website of the Salem Witch Museum in Salem, Massachusetts includes essays on the hysteria surrounding the trials, a map of the surrounding area, and a tour of the sites from the Salem of 1692 that can still be seen today.
A concise and straightforward timeline of the events in Salem surrounding the famous trials, from the first signs of strange behaviors exhibited by Salem girls in January 1692 to the final trials in May of 1693.
A trustworthy source of information about the Salem Village Witchcraft Trials of 1692, this site includes primary documents from the trials, essays about the trials, and a guide to historic places in Danvers, Massachusetts. A collaboration of the Danvers Archival Center and the University of Virginia Electronic Text Center.
The following is a list of periodical articles on the witchcraft trials in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Some of these articles are available in print format at the Central Library. Most of the articles are available in electronic format in databases on the Houston Public Library website. Articles available electronically are accompanied by an abbreviation that indicates in which electronic source they can be located. Here is a guide to those abbreviations:
ASC = Academic Search Complete
GVRL = Gale Virtual Reference Library
To find these articles in a database simply click on the link or type the title, enclosed in quotation marks, into the search field in the indicated database. To find print articles, request the periodical at the Central HPL Express reference desk.
Bartholomew, Robert E. "Mass Hysteria At Old Salem Village." Skeptic. Vol. 19, Issue 2 (2014): 12-15. (ASC)
Gibson, Marion. "Retelling Salem Stories: Gender Politics And Witches In American Culture." European Journal Of American Culture. Vol. 25, Issue 2 (2006): 85-107. (ASC)
Latner, Richard. "The Long And Short Of Salem Witchcraft: Chronology And Collective Violence In 1692." Journal Of Social History. Vol. 42, Issue 1 (2008): 137-156. (ASC)
Patricia D. Netzley. "Salem, Witch Trials Of." The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Witchcraft. (2002): 210-216. (GVRL)
Olbrys Gencarella, Stephen. "Touring History: Guidebooks And The Commodification Of The Salem Witch Trials." Journal Of American Culture. Vol. 30, Issue3 (2007): 271-284. (ASC)
Trigg, Christopher. "The Devil's Book At Salem." Early American Literature. Vol. 49, Issue 1 (2014): 37-65. (ASC)
These books can be found at the Houston Public Library. Check the online catalog for item availability. If you need help, please ask a librarian for assistance.
Aronson, Marc. Witch-hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2003.
Baker, Emerson W. A Storm of Witchcraft: the Salem Trials and the American Experience. Oxford University Press, c2015.
Boyer, Paul S. Salem Possessed: the Social Origins of Witchcraft. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, c1974.
Boyer, Paul and Stephen Nissenbaum (Ed.). Salem-Village Witchcraft: a Documentary Record of Local Conflict. Boston : Northeastern University Press, c1993.
Breslaw, Elaine G., 1932-. Tituba, Reluctant Witch of Salem: Devilish Indians and Puritan Fantasies. New York : New York University Press, 1996.
Foulds, Diane E. Death in Salem: the Private Lives Behind the 1692 Witch Hunt. Globe Pequot, c2010.
Games, Alison. Witchcraft in Early North America. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2010.
Hansen, Chadwick, 1926-. Witchcraft at Salem. New York : G. Braziller, 1988, c1969.
Hill, Frances, 1943-. A Delusion of Satan: the Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials. New York : Doubleday, 1995.
Hoffer, Peter Charles, 1944-. The Devil's Disciples: Makers of the Salem Witchcraft Trials. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c1996.
Hoffer, Peter Charles, 1944-. The Salem Witchcraft Trials: a Legal History. Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c1997.
LeBeau, Bryan F. The Story of the Salem Witch Trials: We Walked in Clouds and Could Not See Our Way. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, 1998.
Norton, Mary Beth. In the Devil's Snare: the Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.
Perley, Sidney, 1858-1928. The History of Salem, Massachusetts. Decorah, Iowa : Anundsen, 1988.
Robinson, Enders A. The Devil Discovered: Salem Witchcraft 1692. New York : Hippocrene Books, c1991.
Rosenthal, Bernard, 1934-. Salem Story: Reading the Witch Trials of 1692. Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
Starkey, Marion Lena. The Devil in Massachusetts: a Modern Enquiry into the Salem Witch Trials. Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, c1989.
Woodward, W. Elliot (Comp.). Records of Salem Witchcraft, Copied From the Original Documents. New York, Da Capo Press, 1969.
Zeinert, Karen. The Salem Witchcraft Trials. New York : F. Watts, 1989.
Articles in Books
These books can be found at the Central Library. Check the catalog record for location and status as some are located in Stacks and some are "Library Use Only." If you need help, please ask a librarian for assistance.
Moore, George H. "Notes on the history of witchcraft in Massachusetts; with illustrative documents." Witchcraft in colonial America. Edited with introductions by Brian P. Levack. New York: Garland Publishing, 1992. 194-213.
Wendell, Barrett. "Were the Salem witches guiltless?" Witchcraft in colonial America. Edited with introductions by Brian P. Levack. New York: Garland Publishing, 1992. 267-285.
These books discuss related topics: witch trials and beliefs about witches in New England, England and Europe or background on witchcraft itself.
Burr, George Lincoln (Ed.). Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases, 1648-1706. New York : Barnes & Noble, 1966, c1914.
Carlson, Laurie M., 1952-. A Fever in Salem: a New Interpretation of the New England Witch Trials. Chicago : I.R. Dee, 1999.
Davis, Owen. America Bewitched: The Story of Witchcraft After Salem. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Demos, John. Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England. New York : Oxford University Press, 1982.
Godbeer, Richard. Escaping Salem: the Other Witch Hunt of 1692. New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Karlsen, Carol F., 1940-. The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England. New York : Norton, 1998.
Levack, Brian P. (Ed). Witch-Hunting in Early Modern Europe: General Studies. New York : Garland Pub., 1992.
McManus, Edgar J. Law and Liberty in Early New England: Criminal Justice and Due Process, 1620-1692. Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, c1993.
Sharpe, J. A. The Bewitching of Anne Gunter: a Horrible and True Story of Deception, Witchcraft, Murder, and the King of England. New York : Routledge, 2000.