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 SEA is pleased to announce our Nineteenth Annual Essay Competition. For more information and details about how to enter, please visit the SEA Essay Contest page, here.

  • The Society of Early Americanists Special Topics Conference on "Religion and Politics in Early America" will take place in St. Louis, Missouri, March 1-4, 2018. For more information about the Call for Proposals, please see the SEA Upcoming Conferences page here. Please visit the conference website here.

  • Thank you everyone for the wonderful Society of Early Americanists Tenth Biennial Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 2-4, 2017. For more details, please see the SEA 2017 conference website here.

  • SEA Executive Committee Statement on International Travel and Immigration, here.

  • The SEA will be sponsoring three sessions at the American Literature Association 28th annual conference, Boston, May 25-28, 2017. For more information, please visit the SEA Upcoming Conferences page, here.

  • To join the SEA and subscribe to the SEA Newsletter, please see the SEA Membership page here. For any questions, please Contact Us. Thank you!

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 Credit: Bradstreet, Anne, and Josephine K. Piercy. The Tenth Muse, 1650: And, from the Manuscripts, Meditations Divine and Morall, Together with Letters and Occasional Pieces : Facsimile Reproductions. Delmar, N.Y: Scholars' Facsimiles & reprints, 1965. 56-57.

Updated 04/24/17