17th Century New England, with special emphasis on the Salem Witchcraft Trials

 

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Best! The Samuel Wyllys Papers by Connecticut State Library [Link #378]
From the site: "The Samuel Wyllys Papers are a group of 88 court documents from 1600s Connecticut, with the official title Depositions on Cases of Witchcraft, Assault, Theft, Drunkenness, and Other Crimes Tried In Connecticut 1663-1728." This is an amazing collection of digital facsimiles of 17th century court documents, with a very easy interface to find and examine them.

Best! New England Historic Genealogical Society: American Ancestors [Link #58]
Bar none, this is the most best library for researchers on New England Geneaology. The revised website has a variety of searchable databases, including:

Best! NativeTech: Native American Technology and Art by Tara Prindle [Link #155]
This amazing site, hosted at the University of Connecticut website, is full of pictures of various articles made by natives, loads of descriptions, instructions, bibliographies, recipes, games, with a chat room and a forum, and pages for the Nipmuc Indian Association of Connecticut (NIAC). Got a Top 5% rating from Lycos -- don't miss it! Please note: these images are copyrighted and permission must be obtained from Tara Prindle, the page author, to reproduce any of these graphics.

Best! The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776 [Link #280]
On-line archive at the University of Connecticut Library. Images of the pages of the printed volumes of the records are available. Search capabilites are limited, but each volume's subject index can be browsed. Names of people and topics such as witchcraft can be looked up. Definitely worth investigating if Connecticut is where you want to be exploring!

The Witchcraft Delusion In Colonial Connecticut (1647-1697) by John M. Taylor [Link #360]
Newly added to Project Gutenberg in May 2004, this is the text of a terrific book about the witchcraft cases in Connecticut.

Matthew Grant Diary by Connecticut State Archives [Link #379]
From the site: "The note-book of Matthew Grant, first surveyor and second town clerk of the colony of Windsor, Conn., includes transcripts of sermons by the Revs. Thomas Hooker, John Warham, John Raynor, Thomas Brooks, Thomas Hanford, E.H. [possibly Ephraim Huit]. Also includes: Answers by Mr. John Cotton [relating to the Antinomian Controversy], Bible passages selected by Henry Jessey in support of the Fifth Monarchy, Henry Ainsworth's version of the Canticles, Grant family records, the Windsor church covenant, a List of persons hanged, Rules for measuring land, and Extracts from various religious books." The digital facsimile images look like they were made from microfilm images (they are black-and-white), but the navigation is excellent. Transcription is available as a PDF.

Connecticut State Library: History and Genealogy [Link #61]
This library has a lot of resources, although most listed are items in their collection, not available on-line, but these valuable ones are:

Research Guide To Some Materials on Witchcraft at the Connecticut State Library [Link #84]
From the site: "The following is a bibliography of general materials on witchcraft available at the Connecticut State Library. While not exhaustive, it should help researchers formulate successful strategies for consulting materials dealing with witches and witchcraft."

Narragansett Stalking Horse: The English Role in the Pequot War by Clayton E. Cramer [Link #259]
Discussion about the motivations behind the so-called "Pequot War" between the English in Connecticut and the Narragansetts. Well-cited.

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