Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
View entire collection guide What's This?
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Existence and Location of Copies
  • Existence and Location of Copies
  • Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Zachary Macaulay papers
    Creator: Macaulay, Zachary, 1768-1838
    Identifier/Call Number: mssMY
    Physical Description: 31 Linear Feet (24 boxes and 3 volumes)
    Physical Description: 1,014 Items
    Date (inclusive): 1793-1888
    Abstract: The Zachary Macaulay papers consist of letters, manuscripts, and documents relating to the affairs of Zachary Macaulay and his family from 1793-1888.
    Language of Material: English .

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Zachary Macaulay papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Maggs Bros. of London, 1952.

    Biographical / Historical

    Zachary Macaulay (1768-1838), was an English philanthropist and abolitionist, and member of the Clapham Sect; governor of the Freedom Province, a colony established in Sierra Leone for the freed slaves (1793-1799); secretary of the Sierra Leone Company (1799-1808); editor of the Christian observer (1802-1823); and one of the founders of the Anti-Slavery society.

    Scope and Contents

    Letters, manuscripts, and documents relating to the affairs of Zachary Macaulay and his family; Hannah More, Clapham Sect, especially Henry Thornton and his family; the antislavery movement, including the affairs of the Sierra Leone Colony, Anti-Slavery society, and activities of William Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson, and other abolitionists. Of particular importance is Macaulay's journal kept while governor of the Sierra Leone colony. Social life in Calcutta in 1863 as represented in the papers of Macaulay's son-in-law, Sir Charles Edward Trevelyan, governor of Madras (1859-1860) and finance minister of India (1862-1865), his wife, Hannah More Macaulay Trevelyan, and their children.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library staff, 1955. In 2019, Gina C Giang created a finding aid.

    Existence and Location of Copies

    This collection has been digitized in its entirety (with the exception of Box 18, Folders 13-14, Box 21, and Box 22) and the digital reproductions are available in the Huntington Digital Library. 

    Existence and Location of Copies

    Available in microfilm as part of Abolition & emancipation. Part 1 [microform] : papers of Thomas Clarkson, William Lloyd Garrison, Zachary Macaulay, Harriet Martineau, Harriet Beecher Stowe & William Wilberforce from the Huntington Library. mss MFilm 00813 reel 1-9.


    Materials arranged chronologically.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Antislavery movements -- Great Britain
    Clapham Sect
    Freedmen -- Sierra Leone
    Slave trade -- Great Britain
    Great Britain -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
    Great Britain -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
    Kolkata (India) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
    Sierra Leone -- History -- To 1896 -- Sources
    Family papers -- Great Britain
    Journals (accounts) -- Great Britain
    Personal papers -- Great Britain
    Letters (correspondence) -- Great Britain
    Clarkson, Thomas, 1760-1846
    More, Hannah, 1745-1833
    Trevelyan, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1807-1886
    Trevelyan, Hannah More Macaulay, Lady, 1810-1873
    Anti-slavery Society (Great Britain)
    Sierra Leone Company
    Madras (India : Presidency). Governor (Trevelyan: 1859-1860)
    Macaulay (Family)
    Trevelyan family