Scope and Contents
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.
Dates of Materials
- Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History (Organization)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
Conditions Governing 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The SSC owns copyright to Virginia Gamage's unpublished writings.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.
3.042 linear feet (4 containers)
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.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the creation of and access to digital copies.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Items in this collection were either purchased or given by various donors. The bulk of the collection was gathered by Virginia Clegg Gamage (SC Class of 1937) and donated by her son Peter Gamage, at his mother's request in 2009. A small amount of material was transferred from the SSC's Miscellaneous Subjects Collection.
Processed by Nichole Calero, 2012
- Witchcraft collection
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- Finding aid prepared by Nichole Calero.
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- 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
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