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.


  • The Society of Early Americanists is pleased to announce the election of Patrick Erben, Associate Professor of English at the University of West Georgia, as Executive Coordinator of the Society. Please join us in congratulating Patrick. More information about the election is 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.

  • The SEA will be sponsoring three sessions at the American Literature Association meeting, May 21-24, 2015, in Boston. More information is here.

  • The Recipient of the SEA Sixteenth Annual Essay Prize is Steven W. Thomas for the paper, "The Circum-Atlantic Surrogation of Ethiopia in the London Public Sphere." Congratulations, Professor Thomas! More information about the SEA Essay Contest is here.
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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 02/17/15