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Slavery Miscellaneous Manuscripts collection

Call Number: MS 717

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a variety of items from different sources concerned with slavery, especially in the United States. The materials range in date from 1780 to the 1960s.

The largest section of the collection is made up of seven scrapbooks titled "Tracts on Slavery in the United States, and on the U.S. Constitution and Organic Laws." They contain manuscript writings, printed pamphlets and tracts, and newspaper clippings on the subject of slavery and abolitionism, with most of the material dating from the 1850s and 1860s. The original compiler is unknown. The volumes were given to Yale University from the library of Louis R. Ehrich by his son Walter L. Ehrich in 1926.

The next item is a manuscript book containing records of punishments administered to slaves in a South American mining camp. 177 slaves are named, the reason for their punishment are given, and the method of punishment is listed. The records, which are kept in English, cover the years 1836-1847. The volume was given to Yale University by Stuart W. Jackson in 1937.

The following folder contains twenty deeds for slaves, dating from 1783 to 1848. They were acquired by the University from a variety of sources. The deeds come from North Carolina, Maryland, Kentucky, Alabama, and Tennessee. The next folder contains nine newspaper clippings from the 1840s through the 1860s relating to the anti-slavery movement in Kansas, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

The final item is a manuscript book containing the census of slaves in Chester County, Pennsylvania, from 1780 to 1815. This was given to Yale University by Abel Cary Thomas in 1936.


  • 1780-1865

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.The entire collection is available on microfilm. Patrons must use HM 166 instead of the originals.

Existence and Location of Copies

Entire collection also available on microfilm (1,771 frames on 3 reels, 35mm.) from Scholarly Resources, Inc., Wilmington, Delaware.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other 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.


1 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


An artificial collection of volumes, tracts, deeds, and clippings on the topic of slavery. A seven volume composition of material on slavery and abolition, and a "Census of the Slaves in Chester County, Pennsylvania" are included.

Processing Information

No additions will be made to this collection. Accessions relating to the topic of slavery identified for addition to an artificial collection will be added to Miscellaneous Manuscripts or another appropriate collection.
Guide to the Slavery Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
February 1983
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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