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When historians talk about evidence, they often mean primary sources. Primary sources (diaries, letters, speeches, newspaper accounts, artifacts, etc. created during the time period being studied) can offer rich and unique insights into your topic. Thousands of primary documents have been digitized and can be found online on university, government and museum websites. The Bentley Library also has collections of these documents in printed source books.
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Witchcraft: Cotton Mather’s Part in the “Sad Errours” of 1692
Annals of witchcraft in New England, and elsewhere in the United States, from their first settlement. by Publication Date: 1870 Drawn up from unpublished and other well authenticated records of the alleged operations of witches and their instigator, the devil. By Samuel G. Drake. Documentary reader.
Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases, 1648-1706 by This compilation by Burr includes classic texts on witchcraft: "A Brief and True Narrative," by Deodat Lawson, 1692, "Letter of Thomas Brattle, F. R. S.," 1692, "Letters of Governor Phips to the Home Government," 1692-1693, with excerpts from "The Wonders of the Invisible World," by Cotton Mather, 1693, "More Wonders of the Invisible World," by Robert Calef, 1700, and "A Modest Inquiry into the Nature of Witchcraft,& by John Hale, 1702.
Records and files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts
There are multiple volumes of the records, which cover the period of the Salem witchcraft trials. You can find them on Internet archive.
Primary Sources from Salem