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Witchcraft Collection, 1857-2007
4 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 647

Abstract:
This subject collection contains primarily printed materials on the history of witches and witchcraft in the U.S. The bulk of the collection consists of research files and published sources collected by Virginia Clegg Gamage pertaining to the history of witches and witchcraft; the European witch hunts and witch trials of Salem, Massachusetts; and the practice of witchcraft in the 20th century.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection. Access to audiovisual materials is restricted, due to the need for production of research copies.

Restrictions on use:

The SSC owns copyright to Virginia Gamage's unpublished writings. Copyright to materials by persons other than Gamage is owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Witchcraft Collection contains primarily printed materials on the history of witches and witchcraft in the U.S. The bulk of the collection consists of research files and published sources collected by Virginia Clegg Gamage pertaining to the history of witches and witchcraft; the European witch hunts and witch trials of Salem, Massachusetts; and the practice of witchcraft in the 20th century. Types of materials include books, pamphlets, articles, clippings, notes and writings by Virginia Gamage and audio recordings of a lecture and a play on witchcraft. The collection is arranged in three sections: Pamphlets, Virginia Clegg Gamage research and writings, and Books. Miscellaneous pamphlets date from 1857-1903. Research and Writings is divided into three subseries: Research files, Writings, and Audiocassettes. Books are on the subject of witchcraft and inlcude fiction that features witches.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection. Access to audiovisual materials is restricted, due to the need for production of research copies.

Restrictions on use:

The SSC owns copyright to Virginia Gamage's unpublished writings. Copyright to materials by persons other than Gamage is owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

"Witchcraft Collection, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass."

History of the Collection

Items in this collection were either purchased or given by various donors. Peter Gamage, at the request of his mother Virginia Gamage, donated the bulk of the collection in 2009. Virginia Gamage was an alumna of Smith College, and worked for years as a historian of Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Processing Information

Processed by Nichole Calero, 2012


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/
Language
English

Contents List
Pamphlets
1857-1903

Box 1: folder 1
Virginia C. Gamage Research Files and Writings
circa 1969-2007, n.d.


Research Files



Sources


Box 1: folder 2
Pamphlets and programs


Box 1: folder 3
Salem Witch Trial pardons


Box 1: folder 4
Marblehead churches


Box 1: folder 5
Salem


Box 1: folder 6
Misc. articles on witchcraft


Box 1: folder 7
Misc. articles


Box 1: folder 8
The Witches Newsletter


Box 1: folder 9
General background, customs & early histories of New England


Box 1: folder 10
Lecture Notes


Box 1: folder 11
Personal


Box 1: folder 12
Research notes on people, places, and misc.


Box 1: folder 13-17
Correspondence


Box 1: folder 18
Writings



Copies of Esther Forbes papers from Essex Institute Library


Box 2: folder 1-11
Misc notes and typed pages


Box 2: folder 12
Untitled typescript authorship unknown


Box 2: folder 13
Audiocassettes



Witchcraft lecture by VCG
1992

Box 2: folder 14
Witchcraft play
n.d.

Box 2: folder 15
Books



A Cauldron of Witches by Clifford Lindsey Alderman
1973

Box 3
Chronicles of Old Salem by Frances Diane Robotti
1968

Box 3
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
1953

Box 3
Cures and Curses by Dorothy Jacob
1967

Box 3
The Dark World of Witches by Eric Maple
1962

Box 3
A Delusion of Satan: The Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials by Frances Hill
1995

Box 3
Demonology and Witchcraft: letters addressed to J.G. Lockhart Esq. by Sir Walter Scott
1970

Box 3
A Destroying Angel: The Conquest of Smallpox in Colonial Boston by Ola Elizabeth Winslow
1974

Box 3
Dialogues with the Devil by Taylor Caldwell
1967

Box 3
Dictionary of Witchcraft by Collin de Plancy; edited and translated by Wade Baskin
1965

Box 3
An Echo from Salem by Mona Etsy Worsencroft
1981

Box 3
The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology by Rossell Hope Robbins
1970

Box 3
Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England by John Putnam Demos
1982

Box 3
Famous and Curious Cemeteries by John Francis Marion
1977

Box 3
In the Devil's Snare by Mary Beth Norton
2002

Box 3
Lectures on Witchcraft by Charles W. Upham
1831

Box 3
Meetinghouse Hill: 1630-1783 by Ola Elizabeth Winslow
1952

Box 4
Never on a Broomstick by Frank Donovan
1971

Box 4
Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft by Paul Boyer and Stephan Nissenbaum
1974

Box 4
Salem Village Witchcraft; Mrs. Elizabeth Howe's Trial by M.V.B. Perley
1911

Box 4
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1955

Box 4
Spirit of '76 Lives Here: Marblehead by Priscilla Sawyer Lord & Virginia Clegg Gamage
1972

Box 4
The Tall Man from Boston by Marion L. Starkey
1975

Box 4
A Treasury of Witchcraft by Harry E. Wedeck
1961

Box 4
The Visionary Girls: Witchcraft in Salem Villageby Marion Starkey
1973

Box 4
What Happened in Salem by David Levin
1960

Box 4
Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture by Arthur Evans
1978

Box 4
A Witch's Guide to Gardening by Dorothy Jacob
1964

Box 4
The Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692 by Leo Bonfanti (3 copies)
1971

Box 4
The Witches Almanac Edited by Elizabeth Pepper and John Wilcock
1972

Box 4
A Witches Brew by Adelina Grenier Simmons
n.d.

Box 4
Witches' Potions and Spells edited by Katherine Paulsen
1971

Box 4
Witches, Wraiths, and Warlocks: Supernatural Tales of the American Renaissance edited by Ronald Curran
1971

Box 4

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Paganism -- History -- 20th century
  • Spirituality -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Witchcraft -- History -- Sources
  • Witchcraft -- Massachusetts -- Salem


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