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Guide to the Slavery Collection
1709-1899
 MS 569

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Megan Hahn. Machine-readable finding aid created by Melissa Haley, March 2002, and Alex Poole, August 2009. Entered in Archivists' Toolkit by Jefferson Bailey, October 2010.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 14, 2013
Description is in English
using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents note

The Slavery Collection contains correspondence and legal and financial documents related to the North American slave trade, slave ownership, abolition, and political issues pertinent to slavery. These materials have all been digitized and can be viewed here.

The Slavery Collection is called an "artificial" collection because a third party placed unrelated items together according to subject matter.

Researchers who have used this collection in the past, or those following citations in published sources, should be aware that it was rearranged in 1999 in order to facilitate intellectual and physical access. Certain material that formerly was not arranged, or was arranged chronologically, is now arranged by format. For example, depositions are now grouped together, rather than being interfiled with accounts, receipts or deeds of manumission.

Arrangement note

See series descriptions for arrangement.

This collection is organized into the following eleven series:

  1. Series I - Samuel and William Vernon, 1756-1799
  2. Series II - Gardner and Dean, 1771-1807
  3. Series III - Material relating to slavery in Kentucky, 1785-1864
  4. Series IV - E. H. Stokes, 1859-1862 and undated
  5. Series V - Correspondence, 1766-1895
  6. Series VI - Manifests, 1812-1855
  7. Series VII - Legal Documents, 1709-1858 and undated
  8. Series VIII - Financial Documents, 1726-1862 and undated
  9. Series IX - Poetry, 1823 and undated
  10. Series X - Memoranda, 1790, 1791, 1799, 1800, 1855 and undated
  11. Series XI - Clippings, 1718-1899 and undated