Researching the Salem Witch Trials or just interested in learning more about them? Check out one of the handful of websites about the trials to explore this complicated topic.
There are only a few sites specifically about the Salem Witch Trials since it is not a topic that is as widely discussed as other American history topics like the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.
In addition to websites specifically about the Salem Witch Trials, there are also a number of general history websites that discuss the trials in depth.
The following is a list of websites about the Salem Witch Trials:
Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive:
The Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive, which was launched in 1999, was probably one of the first websites specifically devoted to the Salem Witch Trials.
Published by Professor Benjamin C. Ray of the University of Virginia with help from Professor Bernard Rosenthal of the University of Binghamton, the site is an online collection of primary source materials on the Salem Witch Trials.
The collection includes transcripts and images of all of the original Salem Witch Trials court documents, as well as letters, diaries and sermons of the judges and ministers involved in the trials. It also includes historic maps of Salem town and Salem Village.
Witches of Massachusetts Bay:
The Witches of Massachusetts Bay is a website about the Salem Witch Trials but it also discusses other accused witches in the Massachusetts Bay colony.
Published by Robin Mason in 2018, the site has a news blog, a research section with facts and data on the trials and a collection of posts on the many Salem Witch Trials historic sites along the North Shore of Massachusetts.
Salem Witch Museum:
The Salem Witch Museum website is about the Salem Witch Museum in Salem, Mass which is a history museum dedicated to the history of the Salem Witch Trials.
Although the website is primarily about the museum, it also features a blog about the history of the Salem Witch Trials, including articles about the Salem Witch Trials historic sites, Proctor’s Ledge, frequently asked questions about the trials, witch hunts in general and more.
History of Massachusetts Blog:
The History of Massachusetts Blog is a website about the history of the state of Massachusetts. It includes many articles on the Salem Witch Trials, which are located in the 17th century Massachusetts section of the site or under the Colonial Era category. In total, the site has over 50 articles about the Salem Witch Trials with more being published all the time.
Published by me, Rebecca Beatrice Brooks, this site was launched in 2011 and features articles about the people, places and events of the Salem Witch Trials as well as the historic sites, memorials, books, movies and t.v. shows about the trials.
Famous Trials is a website about famous trials in history. The site features a large collection of original essays, trial transcripts and exhibits, maps, images, and other materials relating to famous trials in world history, including the Salem Witch Trials.
Published by Professor Douglas O. Linder of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, the site was first launched in 1995 as Famous American Trials before being rebranded in 2016 as simply Famous Trials in order to broaden its focus to include historical trials from around the world.
The OUPBlog is a blog by the Oxford University Press. It features articles written by its book authors about topics directly related to their books, including a number of articles about the Salem Witch Trials by Emerson W. Baker, author of A Storm of Witchcraft, as well as by other authors who have written books on American history.
Published by the University of Oxford, the site was launched in 2005 to provide commentary and supplementary material for its various books.
New England Historical Society:
The New England Historical Society website is a site about New England history. It features a number of articles about the Salem Witch Trials, including articles about the legacy of the trials, the various people involved as well as the events that led up to the trials.
Published by the New England Historical Society, the site was launched in 2013 to promote interest in New England history.
Danvers Archival Center:
The Danvers Archival Center website is a site about the history of Danvers, which was known as Salem Village at the time of the trials and is where the Salem Witch Trials first began.
The site features a number of articles about Danvers during the Salem Witch Trials, including articles on Danvers historic sites and buildings related to the trials, the Witchcraft Victim’s Memorial and articles on the Danvers residents involved in the trials.
Published by the Peabody Institute Library, the site was established in order to promote the Danvers Archival Center, which is a research library and archive center dedicated to Danvers history.
In addition to these sites listed here, there are also a number of newspapers, magazines and journals that have published articles about the Salem Witch Trials and there are a number of primary sources on the Salem Witch Trials, secondary sources on the Salem Witch Trials as well as numerous books about the Salem Witch Trials.