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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1278

Miscellaneous documents concerning American slavery

Documents concerning sale of slaves and other materials related to slavery in North America.

Dates

  • 1803-1863 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and French.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Extent

.2 linear feet (1 box)

Primarily manuscript bills of sale for slaves in Charleston (S.C.) and New Orleans (La.), with a few printed and other documents pertaining to slavery in North America.

Biographical / Historical

Interstate domestic slave trading in the United States was well established by 1808 when the importation of slaves from other countries was abolished. Interstate slave trading was erratically controlled by the states and by 1850 completely unregulated. Traders in the Upper South maintained agencies and representatives in the Lower South. The seaboard and border states exported an estimated 25,000 slaves a year, with Virginia the largest source. Water transport was occasionally used, but more often slaves were marched overland to markets such as New Orleans and Natchez (the two largest markets), where they commanded prices that at least quadrupled between 1800 and 1860.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location

b

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts and purchases from various sources at various times. Acquisition information is given with items.

Processing Information

Processed by: Melanie Wisner
Link to catalog
Title
Miscellaneous documents concerning American slavery, 1803-1863: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Description rules
dacs
EAD ID
hou02075

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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