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Guide to the Legal and Financial Documents on Slaves and Slavery in the United States Collection, 1756-1869
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Legal and Financial Documents on Slaves and Slavery in the United States Collection
    Dates: 1756-1869
    Identification: SC/SSUS
    Creator: Delmar T. Oviatt Library
    Physical Description: 0.84 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Special Collections
    Abstract: Purchased by the library in the late 1970s, this collection consists of bills of sale, bonds, writs, promissory notes, summons, wills of slave owners, and inventories of slaves. It also includes some criminal cases involving slaves and an anonymously authored play with characters who are slaves. Well over half the documents concern the state of Alabama with Lawrence County particularly well represented. The documents are organized by state and arranged by counties.

    Historical Note:

    The Oviatt Library created this collection of materials for study and research.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Paper records

    Topical Term:

    Slavery -- United States
    Slaves -- Alabama -- Dallas County
    Slaves -- Alabama -- Lawrence County
    Slaves -- Alabama -- Morgan County
    Slaves -- Alabama -- Tallapoosa County
    Slaves -- Alabama -- Wilcox County
    Slaves -- Connecticut -- Windham County
    Slaves -- Georgia -- Coweta County
    Slaves -- Indiana -- Randolf County
    Slaves -- Kentucky -- Mercer County
    Slaves -- Kentucky -- Warren County
    Slaves -- Louisiana -- Carroll Parish
    Slaves -- Louisiana -- Orleans Parish
    Slaves -- Missouri -- Buchanan County
    Slaves -- New York (State) -- Staten Island
    Slaves -- North Carolina -- Bertic County
    Slaves -- Rhode Island -- Newport County
    Slaves -- South Carolina -- Jasper County
    Slaves -- Tennessee -- Maury County
    Slaves -- Tennessee -- Smith County
    Slaves -- Virginia -- Caroline County
    Slaves -- Virginia -- Clarke County
    Slaves -- Virginia -- New Kent County
    Slaves -- Virginia -- Richmond County

    Administrative Information

    Accruals:

    Late 1970s

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], [date], Legal and Financial Documents on Slaves and Slavery in the United States , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

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    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of bills of sale, bonds, writs, promissory notes, summons, wills of slave owners, and inventories of slaves. It also includes some criminal cases involving slaves and an anonymously authored play with characters who are slaves. Well over half the documents concern the state of Alabama with Lawrence County particularly well represented. The documents are organized alphabetically by state and arranged by counties.