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Legal Documents Concerning Slavery Collection

Author:
Maynard, Thomas  Search this
Donor:
Clark, Julie  Search this
Clark, Julie  Search this
Extent:
1 Cubic foot (2 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Bills of sale
Deeds
Land titles
Slave bills of sale
Manuscripts
Manumission, deeds of
Place:
Maryland
Date:
undated
1710-1865
Summary:
A collection of a variety of legal documents that relate to slavery and African-Americans.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists mainly of a wide vareity of court and legal documents such as, bills of sale, warrants, a manumission document, a certificate of free birth, and documents concerning debt, property, and legal obligations. The documents originated in four states: Alabama, the Carolina colony, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. They span the greatest portion of the era of slavery within what is now the United States. Most of the documents are from Lawrence County, Alabama and may have at one time been created or used as evidence in either an orphans court or civil court case. The documents are arranged in one series in chronological order.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into 1 series:

Series 1: Legal Documents Concerning Slavery, 1710-1865, undated
Biographical / Historical:
Up until the Emancipation Proclamation and the subsequent victory of the Union forces in the Civil War, slaves were considered chattel, property that could be bought and sold. Slaves were a commodity that could be attached for non-payment of debt, used as collateral, given as bequests in a will, and were considered assets of a deceased's estate. As such, they engendered legal battles and the need for a variety of legal documents asserting one's freedom or manumission.
Provenance:
Bill of Sale of "one Negro girl named Nancy, about three years old, from Thomas Maynard to John Stephen Hale, for the sum of 30 pounds, Frederick County, Maryland, June 13, 1796." 2002 acquisition: "Receipt for a slave named Wilson", January 19, 1863, and two carte-de-visite portraits: W.B. Mitchell, July 1880, and Pleasant A. Mitchell, undated. Gifts of Julie Clark, 2008 addendum.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Branding (Punishment)  Search this
Fugitive slaves  Search this
Slaves -- Emancipation  Search this
Slave trade -- Maryland  Search this
Slaveholders -- Maryland  Search this
Slavery -- United States -- Maryland  Search this
Genre/Form:
Bills of sale
Deeds
Land titles
Slave bills of sale
Manuscripts -- 18th century
Manumission, deeds of
Citation:
Legal Documents Concerning Slavery Collection, 1710-1865, undated, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0786
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Legal Documents Concerning Slavery Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0786
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National Anti-Slavery Standard Vol. XX No. 19

Published by:
American Anti-Slavery Society, American, 1833 - 1870  Search this
Medium:
ink on newsprint
Dimensions:
H x W: 26 x 18 3/4 in. (66 x 47.6 cm)
Type:
newspapers
Date:
September 24, 1859
Topic:
African American  Search this
Antislavery  Search this
Journalism  Search this
Mass media  Search this
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.1.298.34
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.1.298.34

Slavery

Collection Creator:
Donaldson, Jeff, 1932-2004  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 35
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 2001
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Jeff Donaldson papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Jeff Donaldson papers, 1918-2005, bulk 1960s-2005. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jeff Donaldson papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-donajeff-ref71

Slavery

Collection Creator:
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969  Search this
Container:
Box 30, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1930s
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original papers requires an appointment. Access to audiovisual recording with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Ben Shahn papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Ben Shahn papers, 1879-1990, bulk 1933-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ben Shahn papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-shahben-ref1409

Abolishing Slavery

Associated person:
Lincoln, Abraham  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
mounted: 24 1/8 in x 19 in; 61.27826 cm x 48.26 cm
Object Name:
Broadside
Associated date:
1865 01 31
Subject:
Unlinked Subject  Search this
African American History  Search this
Constitution  Search this
Related event:
Thirteenth Amendment Passed  Search this
Credit Line:
T. J. Levering
ID Number:
PL.008007
Catalog number:
8007
Accession number:
35752
See more items in:
Political and Military History: Political History, General History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition:
Exhibition
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_529603

American Anti-Slavery Almanac Vol. II, No. I

Published by:
S. W. Benedict, American  Search this
Subject of:
American Anti-Slavery Society, American, 1833 - 1870  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 7 3/8 x 4 5/8 in. (18.7 x 11.7 cm)
Type:
almanacs
Place printed:
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1842
Topic:
African American  Search this
Antislavery  Search this
Communication  Search this
Literature  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.1.12
Restrictions & Rights:
Public Domain
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Exhibition:
Making a Way Out of No Way
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 050
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.1.12
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Anti-slavery Medal, Great Britain, 1834

Issuing authority:
British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society  Search this
British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society  Search this
Maker:
Davis, Joseph  Search this
Davis, Joseph  Search this
Physical Description:
silver (overall material)
struck 1 (overall production method/technique)
Measurements:
overall: .3 cm x 4.39 cm; 1/8 in x 1 23/32 in
medal: 4.37 cm; x 1 3/4 in
Object Name:
Medal
Place made:
United Kingdom: Grand Bretagne
Associated place:
United Kingdom: Grand Bretagne
Location where used:
United States
Date made:
1834
Associated date:
1834
Credit Line:
S. A. Peerless
ID Number:
NU.74.73.59
Catalog number:
74.73.59
Accession number:
315111
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Many Voices, One Nation
Exhibition:
Many Voices, One Nation
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_954201
Additional Online Media:

#VisitorVoices - Descended from Slavery

Creator:
National Museum of African American History and Culture  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2017-09-11T14:31:07.000Z
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
See more by:
WatchNMAAHC
YouTube Channel:
WatchNMAAHC
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_wrn2CA1_1nE

The planter's victim; or, Incidents of American slavery ..

Title:
Planter's victim
Incidents of American slavery
Author:
Smucker, Samuel M (Samuel Mosheim) 1823-1863  Search this
Physical description:
xi, [13]-365 pages plates 19 cm
Type:
Fiction
Advertisements
Place:
Louisiana
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Date:
1855
19th century
Topic:
Slaves  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1063927

Liberty or slavery; the great national question. Three prize essays on American slavery ..

Author:
Thurston, R. B (Richard Bowers) 1819-1895 Error and the duty in regard to slavery  Search this
Baldwin, A. C (Abraham Chittenden) 1804-1887 Friendly letters to a Christian slaveholder  Search this
Williston, Timothy -1893 Is American slavery an institution which Christianity sanctions, and will perpetuate?  Search this
Congregational Board of Publication  Search this
Physical description:
vii (i.e. vi), 138 pages 17 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
United States
Date:
1857
Topic:
Slavery--Controversial literature  Search this
Slavery and the church  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1064062

Student Activism and Modern Day Slavery

Creator:
National Museum of American History  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2014-03-30T18:58:32.000Z
Topic:
American History  Search this
Youtube Category:
People & Blogs  Search this
See more by:
SmithsonianAmHistory
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianAmHistory
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_VbI1qs5N73g

Collection box of the Rhode Island Anti-Slavery Society owned by Garrison family

Created by:
Rhode Island Anti-Slavery Society, American, 1833 - 1850s  Search this
Owned by:
George Thompson Garrison, American, 1836 - 1904  Search this
William Lloyd Garrison, American, 1805 - 1879  Search this
Medium:
ink on cardboard
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 3 1/8 × 2 7/16 × 1 13/16 in. (7.9 × 6.2 × 4.6 cm)
H x W x D (a - body): 3 × 2 7/16 × 1 3/4 in. (7.6 × 6.2 × 4.4 cm)
H x W x D (b - lid): 13/16 × 2 5/16 × 1 11/16 in. (2.1 × 5.9 × 4.3 cm)
Type:
boxes (containers)
Date:
1830s - 1850s
Topic:
African American  Search this
Antislavery  Search this
Societies  Search this
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Garrison Family in memory of George Thompson Garrison
Object number:
2014.115.9
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Political and Activist Ephemera
Exhibition:
Slavery and Freedom
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2014.115.9
Additional Online Media:

White slavery in the Barbary states / By Charles Sumner

Author:
Sumner, Charles 1811-1874  Search this
Physical description:
1 p.l., [5]-135 p. illus. 18 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
Africa, North
Date:
1853
Topic:
Slavery  Search this
Slave trade  Search this
Slavery and Islam  Search this
Call number:
HT1345.S8X 1853
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_358080

Slavery, Freedom & Grandma’s House

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Podcast
MIME Type:
audio/mpeg
Uploaded:
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 04:00:00 -0000
Topic:
Smithsonian Sidedoor  Search this
See More From Collection:
Sidedoor
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:podcasts_abc8eeb7bf80979a1f0a3ce2168a2131

William Casby, Born in Slavery

Maker:
Avedon, Richard  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 2 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in; 5.715 cm x 5.715 cm
Object Name:
negatives
Date made:
1963-03-24
ID Number:
PG.66.64.046A
Accession number:
264003
Catalog number:
66.64
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Photographic History
Richard Avedon Collection
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1334054
Additional Online Media:

Article 04: Freedom from Slavery

Designer:
Woody Pirtle, b. 1945  Search this
Client:
Amnesty International, Washington, DC  Search this
Medium:
Off-set lithograph on white wove paper
Type:
graphic design
Poster
Object Name:
Poster
Credit Line:
Gift of Woody Pirtle
Accession Number:
2009-34-12
Restrictions & Rights:
© Woody Pirtle, Pirtle Design
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_2009-34-12
Additional Online Media:

Slavery Days Song and Chorus Sung by Harrigan & Hart

Published by:
Wm. A. Pond & Co., American, founded 1871  Search this
Created by:
David Braham, British, 1834 - 1905  Search this
Written by:
Edward Harrigan, American, 1844 - 1911  Search this
Subject of:
Tony Hart, American, 1855 - 1891  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 13 3/8 x 10 1/4 in. (34 x 26 cm)
Type:
sheet music
Date:
1876
Topic:
African American  Search this
Minstrel (Music)  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Stereotypes  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Liljenquist Family Collection
Object number:
2011.51.16
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Liljenquist Family Collection
Classification:
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Documents and Published Materials-Sheet music
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.51.16
Additional Online Media:

Slavery as it Exists in America./ Slavery as it Exists in England.

Depicted:
Thompson, George  Search this
Maker:
Haven, Joshua P.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
image: 17 1/2 in x 10 3/8 in; 44.45 cm x 26.3525 cm
Object Name:
Lithograph
Object Type:
Lithograph
Place made:
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Date made:
1850
Subject:
Children  Search this
Political Caricatures  Search this
Economy  Search this
Pets  Search this
Chronology: 1850-1859  Search this
Blacks  Search this
Dancing  Search this
Architecture, Industrial Buildings  Search this
Music  Search this
Civil War  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Credit Line:
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
ID Number:
DL.60.3490
Catalog number:
60.3490
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Clothing & Accessories
Domestic Furnishings
Art
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_325716

An Address Delivered Before a Meeting of the Members and Friends of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society During the Annual Fair

Written by:
William Henry Furness, American, 1802 - 1896  Search this
Published by:
Merrihew & Thompson, Printers, American  Search this
Subject of:
Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society, American, founded 1838  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper (fiber product)
Dimensions:
H x W: 8 5/8 × 5 1/2 in. (21.9 × 14 cm)
Type:
sermons
Place depicted:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Place printed:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1850
Topic:
African American  Search this
Antislavery  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.59.12
Restrictions & Rights:
Public Domain
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.59.12

The Personal Root of Lincoln’s Anti-Slavery Stance

Creator:
Smithsonian Channel  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2012-01-18T17:46:51.000Z
Youtube Category:
Entertainment  Search this
See more by:
smithsonianchannel
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianchannel
Data Source:
Smithsonian Channel
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_07Vui5Vy8wc

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