Pierre Toussaint papers

Collection Data

Names
Toussaint, Pierre (1766-1853?) (Author)
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 3011
Topics
Slavery
Toussaint, Pierre, 1766-1853?
Haiti -- History -- 1804-1844
Catholic Church
New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs
Notes
Content: Collection consists of Toussaint's correspondence and other papers.
Ownership: 1903 Schuyler, Georgina Gift
Content: Pierre Toussaint (1766-1853?) was born a slave in Haiti (then Saint Domingue) and came to New York City in 1787 with the family of Pierre Berard. After becoming a successful hairdresser, Toussaint supported the Berard family and bought the freedom of many slaves. A devout Roman Catholic, Toussaint contributed to Catholic schools and orphanages, was a founding member of the first French Catholic Church in New York City, and helped poor black youths and the victims of yellow fever. In 1951 a petitionwas begun for his canonization.
Ownership: MSS 85M8
Physical Description
Extent: Originals: 2 linear feet (5 boxes). Copies: 3 microfilm reels.
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11985453
MSS Unit ID: 3011
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b110c260-c605-012f-54e5-58d385a7bc34
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