The Society of Early Americanists furthers the exchange of ideas and information among scholars of various disciplines who study the literature and culture of America to approximately 1800.


  • Early American Literature Book Prize: The editors of Early American Literature are pleased to announce a new award to be given annually for the best new academic book about American literature in the colonial period through the early republic (roughly 1830). The prize is offered in collaboration with the University of North Carolina Press, the Society of Early Americanists, and the MLA’s Division on American Literature to 1800. More informationis is available here.
  • The Society of Early Americanists Ninth Biennial Conference will be held jointly with the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in Chicago, June 18-21, 2015. For more information about the conference, please visit the conference website, here.
  • To join the SEA and subscribe to the SEA Newsletter, please click here. For any questions, please Contact Us.

The Society of Early Americanists website is generously hosted by the University of California Irvine, School of Humanities. We thank UC Irvine, School of Humanities for their excellent support.

Image Caption: Unknown American Artist, Overmantel from the Reverend Joseph Wheeler House, about 1787-1793, oil on Eastern white pine panel, 60.6 x 152.5 cm, Worcester Art Museum (MA), Gift of Charles A. Aiken in memory of Mrs. Henrietta L.P. Aiken, 1954.15. Photo credit: Image © Worcester Art Museum, all rights reserved.
Updated 09/18/14