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Elizabeth Donnan papers

Call Number: MS 184

Scope and Contents

The Elizabeth Donnan Papers consist of copies of letter books, ship logs, and newspaper articles relating to the slave trade after 1806. The originals are in the Library of Congress. The years 1810-1811, 1816-1821, 1850, and 1860-1863 are most fully represented. According to a handwritten note sent with the papers Professor Donnan never used the notes for any of her publications.


  • 1806-1863




Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the estate of Elizabeth Donnan, 1957.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


Manuscripts and typewritten copies of newspaper articles, ships' logs and letterbooks in the Library of Congress relating to the slave trade after 1806, especially during the years 1810-1811, 1816-1821 and 1860-1863. These were collected but not used in connection with her Documents Illustrative of the Slave Trade, published 1930-1934.

Biographical / Historical

Educated at Cornell University and Wellesley College; author of Documents Illustrative of the Slave Trade to America (4 vols.) 1930-1934, Economic Principles and Modern Practice (with H.R. Mussey) 1942.
Guide to the Elizabeth Donnan Papers
compiled by Marguerite S. Witkop
June 1981
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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