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Slavery and Abolition

Finding Aids

Housed in Firestone Library, the Manuscripts Division of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections includes material documenting 5000 years of recorded history from all parts of the world, with strengths in Western Europe, the Near East, the United States, and Latin America.

Manuscripts on Slavery in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Part 1

Samuel L. Southard Papers, 1783-1893 (bulk 1802-1846): Finding Aid

Creator:

Southard, Samuel L. (Samuel Lewis), 1787-1842.

Abstract:

This collection consists of papers of New Jersey politician, lawyer, and governor Samuel Lewis Southard, presenting a rather comprehensive view of Southard's personal and professional life, as well as the state of American politics and the law profession during the first half of the nineteenth century. Included is a significant amount of Southard's personal and professional correspondence and notebooks. Also contained in this collection are printed materials from Southard's library, other printed documents, and papers generated by family members and associates.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C0250


The Rochester Courier Collection, 1850-1903: Finding Aid

Creator:

Folsom, C. W. (Charles William), 1826-1904.

Abstract:

The Rochester Courier was a weekly, local newspaper published on Friday nights in Rochester,New Hampshire, beginning in 1864. The collection consists of manuscript speeches, articles, editorials, and correspondence from the newspaper, reflecting some of the national issues which dominated American political life leading up to and following the Civil War, including the antislavery movement, the Missouri Compromise, and temperance.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C1100


Edward Coles Papers, 1797-1881: Finding Aid

Creator:

Coles, Edward, 1786-1868.

Abstract:

Edward Coles was a prominent anti-slavery political figure, who most notably served as governor of Illinois when the state became officially anti-slavery through a referendum vote. These papers include personal notes from Coles, correspondence to and by Coles with friends, colleagues, and family, documents about Coles, and the writings of other people.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C0037


Samuel Miller Papers, 1754-1898 (bulk 1800-1849): Finding Aid

Creator:

Miller, Samuel, 1769-1850.

Abstract:

Contains writings and correspondence of and relating to Samuel Miller, a nineteenth-century American Presbyterian clergyman and author.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C0277


Miscellaneous Slavery Collection, 1700-1885: Finding Aid

Collector:

Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections.

Abstract:

Consists of an open collection of correspondence and documents relating to slavery in America, Africa, and the Caribbean area in the 17th through 19th centuries.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C1210


Louisiana Slavery and Civil War Collection, 1722-1872: Finding Aid

Collector:

Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections.

Abstract:

The Louisiana Slavery and Civil War Collection consists of documents concerning the estate of the manumitted slave Marie Claire, a selection of Benjamin F. Butler correspondence, correspondence and documents concerning claims against the Union Army, and miscellaneous materials relating to Louisiana history.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C0033


Rae Family Estate Collection, 1800-1857: Finding Aid

Creator:

Rae, James, d. 1815.

Abstract:

Consists of nineteenth-century legal and financial records relating to the estates of Scotchmen James Rae and his brothers, John and William, in England, Scotland, and Jamaica. These family records shed light on the economic conditions in Jamaica and the administration of estates there, which, in turn, reflect the island's social and racial conditions and the importance of trade betweenEngland and its colonies in the West Indies.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C1222


Andre De Coppet Collection, 1566-1936 (bulk 1770-1865): Finding Aid

Collector:

De Coppet, Andre, 1892-1953.

Abstract:

The Andre De Coppet Collection represents the American history-related collecting activities of American broker and collector Andre De Coppet (Princeton Class of 1915). There are numerous manuscripts, personal letters, documents, and printed material from three main periods: the Revolutionary War, the Federal Period, and the Civil War.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C0063


Francis C. Brown Collection on Slavery in America, 1779-1868 (bulk 1820-1865): Finding Aid

Collector:

Brown, Francis C. (Francis Cabell), 1936-

Abstract:

The Francis C. Brown Collection on Slavery in America consists of printed and manuscript documents related to slaves and the slave trade collected by Francis C. Brown. Much of the collection concerns the World Council of Churches, the Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergei, and the Parisian Russian émigré community.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C0605


New Granada Slavery Collection, 1757-1812: Finding Aid

Creator:

Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections.

Abstract:

Consists of 58 manuscript leaves, comprising 27 Spanish documents, relating to the buying and selling of slaves in the Kingdom of New Granada (now Colombia).

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C1052


Rush Family Papers, 1675-1885 (bulk 1817-1849): Finding Aid

Creator:

Rush, Richard, 1780-1859.

Abstract:

The collection documents the career of Richard Rush (Princeton Class of 1797) as lawyer, statesman, and diplomat, emphasizing diplomatic negotiations between the United States and Great Britain while he was minister to Great Britain (1817-1825) and between the United States and France when he was minister to France (1847-1849), as well as his successful efforts (1836-1838) in securing the Smithsonian bequest, which was used to establish the Smithsonian Institution. The papers of Richard Rush constitute the larger part of the collection; letters of his father, Benjamin Rush, M.D. (Princeton Class of 1760), and papers of his son, Benjamin Rush (Princeton Class of 1829, constitute the other major groups of papers in this family archive.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C0079


Edwin A. Parrott Collection, 1837-1912 (bulk 1859-1896): Finding Aid

Creator:

Parrott, Edwin A., 1830-1931.

Abstract:

Consists of correspondence, manuscripts, and documents by and about Edwin A. Parrott, who represented Ohio in the House of Representatives in 1863.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C1154


John Bright Letters, 1845-1908: Finding Aid

Creator:

Bright, John, 1811-1889.

Abstract:

Consists of over forty letters by John Bright written while he was a member of Parliament and addressed to various individuals.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C0203


Princeton University Press Records, 1905-2008 (bulk 1940s-1990s): Finding Aid

Creator:

Princeton University Press.

Abstract:

Consists of the records and working papers of the Princeton University Press (1905- ). The collection includes correspondence between the Press and retailers, printers and other presses; minutes from the Editorial Board and Board of Trustees; catalogs, trade lists, book listings; pamphlets describing the history of the press and miscellaneous printed material. Furthermore, there are extensive author files that document the correspondence between the Press and various authors, as well as other materials associated with each author's work.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C0728


Beecher Family Collection, 1845-1886: Finding Aid

Creator:

Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896.

Abstract:

Consists of selected manuscript material of three members of the Beecher family -- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Catharine Beecher, and Henry Ward Beecher -- who became nationally known for their work on abolition and women's suffrage.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C1217


Boarded Hall Estate (Barbados) Plantation Records, 1676-1887 (bulk 1712-1845): Finding Aid

Creator:

Harnage, George, compiler.

Abstract:

Consists of eighteenth and nineteeth-century records of Boarded Hall Estate, a slave plantation inBarbados in the West Indies. The material was found on the estate in the 1820s by George Harnage, the son of its last English owner, and annotated by him in subsequent years.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C1227

 

Manuscripts on Slavery in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Part 2

William E. Potter Diary, 1859-1862: Finding Aid

Creator:

Potter, William E., 1905-

Abstract:

This diary was written by William E. Potter during his years at Harvard (law degree, 1861) andPrinceton (B.A., 1863). For the most part the entries are daily with astute and observant comments on many of the public figures and events of this time. Among the more interesting entries are comments and descriptions of the Women's Rights Convention in Boston in 1860, theMassachusetts state prison; the election and inauguration of Abraham Lincoln; the surrender ofFort Sumter; the Battle of Bull Run; “pumping” (dunking) of Princeton students favoring secession; his religious awakening; and a final entry that reads simply “Enlisted.”

Location:

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Princeton University Archives.

Call Number:

AC323


Samuel Stanhope Smith Collection, 1794-1817: Finding Aid

Creator:

Smith, Samuel Stanhope, 1750-1819.

Abstract:

Consists of works, correspondence, and documents of Samuel Stanhope Smith, covering, for the most part, the years (1795-1812) he served as president of the College of New Jersey, nowPrinceton.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C0028


Throop and Martin Family Papers, 1693-1951: Finding Aid

Creator:

Throop, Enos T. (Enos Thompson), 1784-1874.

Abstract:

Contains manuscripts, correspondence, documents, and photographs concerning the Throop and Throop Martin families of New Jersey. In addition to the family correspondence, there is an autograph collection and other miscellaneous items.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C0055


Archives of Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1786-2003 (bulk 1880s-1970s): Finding Aid

Creator:

Charles Scribner's Sons.

Abstract:

This collection consists of virtually all of the surviving records of Scribners (1846-1984), the New York City publisher, and reflect aspects of all of its publishing functions (soliciting and acquiring books, editing manuscripts, printing and manufacturing books, advertising and publicizing publications) and business concerns (book and magazine publisher, retail bookstore, subscription books department, educational books department, printing press and bindery, rare books department). Included are files of editorial correspondence with authors, manufacturing records about book production, advertising records, author contracts, a collection of dust jackets, book catalogs, ledgers, and photographs. While there are gaps in most of the series or record groups, there are records representative of all of the firm's former permutations: Baker & Scribner, Charles Scribner & Co., Scribner, Armstrong & Co., Scribner, Armstrong & Welford, Scribner & Co., Charles Scribner's Sons. The bulk of the material (1880s-1970s), however, dates from the period when the publisher bore its most familiar name, “Charles Scribner's Sons.” There is also material related to early publishers' organizations and international copyright.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C0101


M. L. Parrish Collection of Victorian Novelists, 1806-1958 (bulk 1830s-1930s): Finding Aid

Collector:

Parrish, Morris Longstreth, 1867-1944.

Abstract:

The Morris L. Parrish Collection of Victorian Novelists, consisting of the library of books, manuscripts, photographs, artwork, and ephemera as collected by Morris Longstreth Parrish, Class of 1888, came to Princeton University in 1944 as a bequest. This finding aid focuses on Parrish's original collection of manuscripts, both bound and unbound, and includes his correspondence (related to his collecting activities) and letters both to and from many of the Victorian authors, as well as the manuscript and related (non-book) items given to and/or acquired for the collection by the Princeton University Library in subsequent years.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C0171


Winans Collection of New Jersey Documents, 1703-1883: Finding Aid

Collector:

Winans, Samuel Ross.

Abstract:

The Winans Collection of New Jersey Documents consists of almost 200 18th-century documents, mostly deeds to land, relating to several towns in Essex County, New Jersey, particularly Westfield, collected by Winans (Princeton Class of 1874).

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C0234


Thomas Jefferson Wertenbaker Papers, 1910-1959: Finding Aid

Creator:

Wertenbaker, Thomas Jefferson, 1879-1966.

Abstract:

Thomas Jefferson Wertenbaker was an American historian who taught at Princeton from 1910 to 1947. He was internationally recognized and wrote a number of important historical works. In 1947, he was president of the American Historical Association. His papers consist of Wertenbaker’s works, correspondence, photographs, miscellaneous material, and printed matter.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C0359


Sidney P. Clay Collection, 1783-1846 (bulk 1800-1844): Finding Aid

Creator:

Clay, Sidney P. (Sidney Payne), 1800-1834.

Abstract:

The Sidney P. Clay Collection consists of correspondence, documents, and photographs of Clay (Princeton Class of 1821) and members of his family, and includes some correspondence of the Reed family.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C0404


Guild Family Collection, 1787-1823: Finding Aid

Creator:

Guild family.

Abstract:

Consists of correspondence and documents of the Guild family of Hunterdon County, New Jersey, including papers of brothers Benjamin and Ralph Guild.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C0435


Woodruff Family Collection, 1795-1896 (bulk 1803-1850): Finding Aid

Creator:

Woodruff, George, 1765-1846.

Abstract:

Consists of selected papers of George Woodruff (Princeton Class of 1785), a lawyer, and various members of his family of Trenton, N.J.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C0740


Lydia Maria Child Collection, 1857-1878: Finding Aid

Creator:

Child, Lydia Maria Francis, 1802-1880

Abstract:

Consists of selected correspondence, manuscripts, and photographs of the nineteenth-century American author and abolitionist Lydia Maria Francis Child.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C1032


Thomas Nast Manuscript Collection, 1860-1922 (bulk 1860-1896): Finding Aid

Creator:

Nast, Thomas, 1840-1902.

Abstract:

Consists of selected correspondence of American political cartoonist Thomas Nast. Nast's popular artwork influenced presidential elections in the latter half of the nineteenth century, and the letters in this collection reflect both the professional and personal sides of his life.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C1135


William Denton Correspondence, 1633-1893 (bulk 1830-1893): Finding Aid

Creator:

Denton, W. (William), 1815-1888.

Abstract:

Consists of about a hundred autograph letters by nineteenth-century British politicians, clergymen, and men of letters to clergyman and reformist William Denton.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C1185


Sergeant Family Collection, 1746-1843: Finding Aid

Creator:

Sergeant, Jonathan, 1712-1777.

Abstract:

Consists of selected correspondence and documents by and about three members of the Sergeant family and their relationship with the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) during the Colonial period: Jonathan Sergeant, his son Jonathan Dickinson Sergeant, and his grandson John Sergeant.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C1192


Robert Anderson Family Papers, 1790-1858 (bulk 1835-1858): Finding Aid

Creator:

Anderson, Robert, 1781-1859.

Abstract:

Consists of correspondence and documents of various members of the Anderson family, particularly Robert Anderson (1781-1859) of Yorktown and Williamsburg, Virginia.

Location:

Manuscripts Division.

Call Number:

C1230