Collection covering the latter portion of the existence of the African Free School, founded by the New-York Manumission Society in 1794 to help prepare black children for lives as free men and women.
Account book kept by the prominent slave trading firm of Bolton, Dickens & Co. of Lexington, Kentucky, with branches in Memphis, Charleston, Natchez, and New Orleans. The front portion of the book was later used as a day book by “B.B.W.” and contains accounts for money received and various expenses for the year 1865.
Birth records and deeds of manumission for African American children in the town of Castleton, Staten Island, N.Y. between 1799 and 1827.
Draft and published version of the speech delivered in New York on May 9, 1855 by Charles Sumner (1811-1874), United States senator from Massachusetts and campaigner against slavery.
Copies of letters and related documents sent to English abolitionist and reformer Granville Sharp (1735-1813), transcribed in his own handwriting and concerning such matters as slavery, the slave trade, its evils and legal and social aspects.
Diaries, memorandum book, and receipt book of James F. Brown (1793-1868), a runaway slave from Maryland who became the gardener of the Verplanck family at Mount Gulian, Fishkill, N.Y.
Manuscripts, written in journal form, of the English abolitionist John Clarkson (1764-1828), concerning his involvement with the settlement of free African American loyalists from Nova Scotia to Sierra Leone, Africa.
Diary presumably kept by Joseph Goodwin, originally from Hudson, N.Y., the manager of plantations worked by black slaves in Matanzas, Cuba.
Correspondence, including letters received and copies of letters sent by Boston lawyer Lysander Spooner (1808-1887), many pertaining to his activities as an abolitionist and author of works opposing slavery.
Contemporary copy of a diary kept by Mahlon Day (1790-1854) while on a tour of the West Indies with Joseph John Gurney (1788-1847), the English Quaker philanthropist, minister, and writer.
Meeting minutes, commission reports, financial records, indentures, registers, and miscellaneous records of the New York Society for Promoting the Manumission of Slaves, commonly known as the New York Manumission Society, established in 1785 to publicly promote the abolition of slavery and manumission of slaves in New York State.
Correspondence and papers of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, including petitions to the Legislature, resolutions, lists of members and supporters, letters about slavery, editorials, meeting minutes, a list of fugitive slaves aided by the Vigilance Committee, and accounts of fugitive slaves.
Account book, December 1748-July 1749, kept aboard the sloop Rhode Island while on a voyage to Africa to procure slaves for her owners, Philip Livingston and sons, New York City.