Indentures collection, 1746-1860
Collection consists of eight indentures, most binding girls to apprenticeships ranging from two to seventeen years to learn housekeeping; some are signed by a parent, others by overseers of the poor.
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
Access. Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright. The Indentures collection is in the public domain. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Collection consists of eight indentures, most binding girls to apprenticeships ranging from two to seventeen years to learn housekeeping; some are signed by a parent, others by overseers of the poor. One indenture concerns two children of color, Lucy and Edey Randolph Valentine, 1823. Also included is one manuscript notebook kept by Charles Willey of Rochester, New York, containing rules for calculating the working speeds of shafts and other aspects of commercial cloth weaving as well as the rate of pay for a girl working on a loom, 1857. The collection is arranged in chronological order.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number: 2010-M9
The Indentures collection was acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Dan Casavant in 2010.
Processed: January 2010
By: Anne Engelhart
Updated and additional description added: February 2021
By: Amber L. Moore
The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit. Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Language of description
- Processing of this collection was made possible by Patricia M. King/Schlesinger Library Director's Fund.
- EAD ID
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