Guide to the Legal and Financial Documents on Slaves and Slavery in the United States Collection, 1756-1869

Special Collections & Archives

Oviatt Library

California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
URL: http://library.csun.edu/SCA
Email: oviattsca@csun.edu
Phone: (818) 677-2832
Fax: (818) 677-2589
© Copyright 2012 Special Collections & Archives. All rights reserved.


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.

Related Materials:

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.