Slavery and the Abolition of the Slave Trade collection

Collection Data

Description
A collection of bills of sale, deeds, passes, certificates of registry, manumission papers, wills, and speeches. Also, letters relating to slavery-related court cases, including the Amistad slave ship revolt. Also includes letters by prominent abolitionists William Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson, and William Lloyd Garrison with their views and comments on the abolition movement.
Names
Schomburg, Arthur Alfonso, 1874-1938 (Creator)
Clarkson, Thomas, 1760-1846 (Correspondent)
Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879 (Correspondent)
Schomburg, Arthur Alfonso, 1874-1938 (Collector)
Sharp, Granville, 1735-1813 (Correspondent)
Wilberforce, William, 1759-1833 (Correspondent)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1700 - 1925
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
Shelf locator: Sc Micro R-1520
Topics
Abolitionists
Slave trade -- Cuba
Slavery -- Louisiana -- New Orleans (La.)
Slavery -- United States
Slavery
Slave trade
Genres
Bills of sale
Correspondence
free papers
Deeds
muster rolls
Petitions
Wills
Documents
Ephemera
Notes
Biographical/historical: This collection was largely assembled by Arthur (Arturo) Schomburg, although some items may have been acquired by the New York Public Library after his death. For a brief historical essay, see Lawrence Reddick's introduction to the Slavery and Abolition Collections in the Calendar of Manuscripts in the Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature in the attached PDF.
Content: A collection of bills of sale, deeds, passes, certificates of registry, manumission papers, wills, and speeches. Also, letters relating to slavery-related court cases, including the Amistad slave ship revolt. Also includes letters by prominent abolitionists William Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson, and William Lloyd Garrison with their views and comments on the abolition movement. This collection is largely available on microfilm (see Conditions Governing Access). Most of the item titles and descriptions are based on those given in the Calendar of Manuscripts in the Schomburg Collection, published in 1942, which contains a numbered chronological inventory of the items present in the collection at that time (see the attached PDF under Additional Resources). Where applicable, items are cross-referenced to their Calendar entries. The manuscript numbers (e.g. MS Slavery A1), correspond to the original filing scheme (see note on Arrangement). Please note that some items described as part of this collection in the Calendar of Manuscripts are not present on the microfilm and are no longer a part of this collection: Calendar #99 and #100 are cataloged together as a rare book (see catalog record: https://catalog.nypl.org/record=b11668629~S1) and Calendar #55 and #102 are missing.
Type of Resource
Text
Identifiers
Other local Identifier: Sc Micro R-1520
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11883950
MSS Unit ID: 20774
Archives collections id: archives_collections_20774
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a0579af0-28a0-0137-0b55-71cf8885b126
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