Collections tagged Slavery

The Papers of Roger B. Taney, 1792-1820

The Papers of Roger B. Taney, 1792-1820

Roger B. Taney practiced law in his home state of Maryland long before he became an influential member of President Andrew Jackson's cabinet and later wrote the majority opinion in the infamous Dred Scott v. Sanford case (1857) as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. Taney...

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The Papers of John B. Minor, 1845-1893

The Papers of John B. Minor, 1845-1893

John B. Minor joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1845 at the age of thirty-two. An 1834 graduate of the university, Minor began his teaching career following a decade in private practice. Minor, along with James P. Holcombe, directed the law program at UVA amidst national...

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Leonidas Polk Family Papers

Leonidas Polk Family Papers

Leonidas Polk, first Bishop of Louisiana, founded the University of the South. Born to a wealthy planter family in North Carolina, Polk first attended West Point, but turned his attention toward the episcopacy. In the immediate antebellum period the Episcopal church spread south and west,...

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Prall family bible records

Prall family bible records

Records from the Prall family Bible, Kentucky Historical Society collection SC 1980. Included are birth and marriage dates related to Benjamin Prall's family and other manuscript material included with the Bible. The Bible was passed from Benjamin Prall to the enslaved Mary Ann Rowe (nee...

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Thomas Gilman Collection

Thomas Gilman Collection

Thomas Gilman (1830-1911) purchased his freedom for $1,000 in 1852. Born into slavery in Tennessee, Gilman was brought to California in 1850 to work in the gold mines near Shaw’s Flat. Within two years he earned enough money to free himself.

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Cameron Family Papers - Series 1.1

Cameron Family Papers - Series 1.1

Cameron family of Orange and Durham counties and Raleigh, N.C. Among antebellum North Carolina's largest landholders and slave holders, the Camerons also owned substantial plantations in Alabama and Mississippi. Prominent family members included Richard Bennehan (1743–1825), merchant; Duncan...

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Watson Family Papers: "Slave Notebook"

Watson Family Papers: "Slave Notebook"

The Papers of the Watson family (MSS 530, Small Special Collections Library) of Louisa County, Virginia is comprised of 10,000 items: including, business and personal correspondence, , ledger books, bank books, farm account books, and various memorandum books of this Louisa County family. Of...

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Nimrod Porter Papers

Nimrod Porter Papers

Farmer and sheriff in Maury County, Tenn. Diary and other records of Nimrod Porter. The diary, 1861–1871, records daily life during the Civil War and Reconstruction; weather; farm and business activities; operations of Union and Confederate armies and guerillas in Maury County and vicinity; news...

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Alabama Supreme Court Case Files

Alabama Supreme Court Case Files

When completed, this collection will contain all the original case files of the Alabama Supreme Court from 1820 through 1877. These records include interrogatories, exhibits, motions, and other details not included in the published rulings, though excerpts from the printed reports will be...

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United States Colored Troops Muster and Descriptive Roll for Kentucky the 7th, 8th and 9th Districts

United States Colored Troops Muster and Descriptive Roll for Kentucky the 7th, 8th and 9th Districts

This ledger contains information on the African American troops from part of the 7th district, and all of the 8th, and 9th Congressional Districts of Kentucky, who were mustered into the U.S. Army during the Civil War in 1864-65. The 7th district includes: Woodford, Franklin, Mercer, Boyle, and...

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Hayes Collection

Hayes Collection

Johnston and Wood family members owned and operated Hayes Plantation on the Albemarle Sound near Edenton, N.C. Members of the Johnston family include Gabriel Johnston (1699–1752), royal governor of the colony of North Carolina and planter; his brother Samuel Johnston (1702–1757),...

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George Wesley Johnson Farm Journal

George Wesley Johnson Farm Journal

Farm journal, 1853–1866, kept by George Wesley Johnson, a white merchant, postmaster, farmer, landowner, and enslaver in Davie County, North Carolina. The journal primarily documents daily farm operations, including what he planted, the methods he used, and the crops he yielded, as well as...

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Thomas Ruffin Papers

Thomas Ruffin Papers

CONTENT WARNING: the contents of these papers include depictions of brutal violence and human trafficking by enslavers. Thomas Ruffin, chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, planter, and politician, served in the North Carolina House of Commons, 1813-1816; as judge of the...

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Native Bound Unbound: Archive of Indigenous Slavery

Native Bound Unbound: Archive of Indigenous Slavery

As a part of the process to develop a future archive and website for Native Bound Unbound, we are using the transcription software and portal developed by From the Page for transcribing primary source documents. One of the goals of Native Bound Unbound is to gather documents related to...

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Cohabitation Records (Marriage Records)

Cohabitation Records (Marriage Records)

Collection Status: Open for Transcription Transcription Difficulty Rating: Intermediate About the Collection In March 1866, the General Assembly passed “An Act Concerning Negroes and Persons of Color or of Mixed Blood,” which included a statute that enslaved...

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Loose Court Records Referencing Enslaved People

Loose Court Records Referencing Enslaved People

The Shelby County Museum & Archives houses over twenty thousand packets of Loose Court Case Records. Following a meticulous page-by-page examination of these cases, we have curated a collection focusing on cases involving enslaved individuals. The next phase of our project involves...

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Taliaferro Black Lives

Taliaferro Black Lives

Materials related to 19th century Black Georgians in Taliaferro County, largely taken from archives of Alexander H. Stephens. A guide to this project, with regular updates, is maintained here: https://sites.dartmouth.edu/ahstephens/

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Kentucky USCT Pension files

Kentucky USCT Pension files

1,633 Black Catholics are buried in unmarked graves in St. Louis Cemetery in Louisville, KY. Many of the men served in the Union army during the Civil War (the US Colored Troops), as Buffalo Soldiers, and in World War I. This project collects military records, especially pension files, that...

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