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Preliminary Guide to the Slave Documents Collection
Wyles Mss 75  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Slave Documents Collection,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1711-1878
    Collection Number: Wyles Mss 75
    Extent: .4 linear feet (1 box)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
    Physical Location: Vault
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    Preferred Citation

    Slave Documents Collection. Wyles Mss 75. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Multiple purchases, 1960s-2003.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains bills of sale, manumissions, notes and receipts for slave hire, accounts for medical service, a property tax return, an estate list, correspondence, and essays. The materials for the most part were purchased as single items or small groups of items. Generally their only connection to each other is the subject matter, which relates to slavery and race relations in the United States in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The documents come from California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
    The collection is arranged chronologically.