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.


  • Thank you to everyone who attended the Society of Early Americanists Ninth Biennial Conference held jointly with the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in Chicago, June 18-21, 2015, and for making it such a success.

  • The Society of Early Americanists will be co-sponsoring the Special Topics Conference, “Translation and Transmission in the Early Americas”: The Fourth Early Americanist ‘Summit,’ University of Maryland and Washington DC, 2-5 June, 2016. For more information about the conference, please visit the SEA Forthcoming Conferences page, here.

  • The Society of Early Americanists is pleased to announce our Seventeenth Annual Essay Competition. For more details and how to enter, please visit the SEA Essay Contest page here. Thank you.
  • 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 06/29/15