Haitian slave revolt leader. Alternate spelling of name: L'Ouverture.
Eight items relating to the Haitian slave revolt leader Toussaint L'Ouverture: a manuscript letter signed by him (accompanied by translation), and seven portraits of him (two watercolors and five prints).
Letter, cat. no. 1980.0679.08: Manuscript, 1 sheet, pre-printed official letterhead stationery, to Mr. Tobias Lear, general agent of U.S. trade in Santo Domingo, 25 November 1801, in which he thanks Lear for a translation of a letter concerning obtaining a horse for him. Toussaint Louverture emphasizes several times that the color of the horse is of no significance as long as the horse is swift.
Some of the portraits are illustrated in the exhibition catalog by Fritz Daguillard, "Enigmatic in His Glory: Toussaint Louverture (1743-1803)", Musee du Pantheon National Haitien, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 28 March-22 April 2003 (copy in collection control file)
Toussaint Louverture Collection, undated and 1801-1805, Archives Center, National Museum of American History