Manuscript Collections Relating to Slavery
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  • 'Reduction of Vulgar Fractions,' Penmanship study by Andrew R. Smith. New-York African Free School records, c. 1820
  • Cover of the Town Book for Castletown For the Entry of Black Children, 1799-1827
  • Case detail concerning a slave's freedom upon the death of his master. Granville Sharp, May 11, 1773
  • Endpapers of Volume 3 of James F. Brown's diary from Fishkill Landing, New York. James F. Brown Papers, 1841
  • Letter from Gerrit Smith to Lysander Spooner, October 3, 1860. Lysander Spooner papers
  • Receipt for the purchase of a slave named Jack in Richmond, Va., 1860. Slavery Collection
  • Index page from Mahlon Day's journal of a voyage among the West India Islands, 1839-1840
  • Resolution arguing for the abolition of slavery. Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society records, 1850-1858
  • Detail from the trade book kept by the Sloop Rhode Island traveling from the coast of Africa to Sierra Leone, 1748-1749
  • Leaf one of the diary of Joseph Goodwin, a plantation manager in Cuba from Hudson, New York, 1820
  • Detail from the account book kept by the prominent slave trading firm of Bolton, Dickens & Co., 1865
  • Cover of Clarkson's Mission to America, 1791-1792
  • Leaf one of the first draft of Charles Sumner's famous speech, The Anti-Slavery Enterprise, 1855
  • Deed of manumission for a slave named Betsy, June 18, 1810. New-York Manumission Society records
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