The Salem witch trials collection

Welcome to a digital collection of materials about the Salem witch trials crisis of 1692-1693 and its aftermath. Several types of content make up this collection and its sub-collections: original documents from 1692, items related to PEM exhibitions about the witch trials, and more. This collection will grow steadily over time as more material is digitized.

Centuries after this storied crisis, the personal tragedies and grievous wrongs of the Salem Witch Trials continue to provoke reflection, reckoning and a search for meaning. The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) holds one of the world’s most important collections of objects and architecture related to the Salem Witch Trials. Through exhibitions, research, publishing and public programming, PEM is committed to telling the story of the Salem Witch Trials in ways that honor the victims and amplify the teachings of wrongful persecution that remain relevant to today.