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Backhouse Cuban Account Book

Identifier: MSS.0919

Sol Biderman Collection

Identifier: MSS.0041
Overview The Sol Biderman Collection consists of the following categories: Brazilian posters; Brazilian art and architecture exhibition catalogs; posters, engravings, woodcuts and illustrations from other countries (e.g., France, Spain); other ephemera (e.g., Brazilian post card art, gift cards, invitations to art exhibitions, handbills, programs, photographs, Brazilian chapbooks or literatura de cordel). The poster collection consists primarily of art posters of exhibitions, and a selected number of...
Dates: multiple

Simon Bolivar Manuscript

Identifier: MSS.0835
Overview This collection contains a commission signed by Simon Bolivar naming Jose Duran as Captain of the Escuadron dated July 22, 1824.
Dates: 1824 July 22

Reynold Carlson Collection

Identifier: MSS.0070
Dates: multiple

Mary Helen Clark Papers

Identifier: MSS.0082
Overview This collection contains correspondence from Mary Helen Clark to her family from 1928-1946 when she lived in Brazil. It also contains correspondence from Blanche Henry Clark to her family during her visit to Brazil in 1932 to visit her sister. The letters are arranged chronologically, and give detailed accounts of Mary Helen’s days in Brazil. The letters provide first-hand accounts of Latin-American foods, behaviors, language and customs of the people and the politics of the times.
Dates: 1928 - 1946

Simon Collier Collection

Identifier: MSS.0219
Dates: 1858 - 2003

Colombian Gold and Silver Mining Accounts Records

Identifier: MSS.0891
Dates: multiple

Colombian Liquor Trade Records

Identifier: MSS.0892
Dates: multiple

Colombian Paper Production Records

Identifier: MSS.0893
Dates: multiple

Colombian Trade and Taxation Records

Identifier: MSS.0894
Dates: multiple

Cuban Sale of Slaves Manuscript

Identifier: MSS.0865
Overview A manuscript "outlining the sale of several slaves between Brooks and Company and Marcelina Barthe [Lescaille]. The document records the name, approximate age, and price of each slave, including a young woman and her daughter, Clara, age four. Most of the slaves are referred to as "mulata" or "criolla" indicating that they are of mixed blood. The contract ends with an agreement that the sellers are no longer liable for the slaves, indicating that any future issues or illnesses are now the...
Dates: 1871 February

Cuban Slave Documents

Identifier: MSS.0889
Overview A collection of several documents spanning six leaves that shows the persistent nature of slavery in Cuba during the later half of the 19th century. Though Cuba ended its participation in the slave trade in 1867, it was not until 1886 that slavery was finally abolished by royal decree.
Dates: 1842 - 1872

Cuban Slave Manumission Manuscript

Identifier: MSS.0920
Dates: 1865 July 21

Cuban Slave Manuscripts

Identifier: MSS.0922
Dates: 1845 - 1886

Cuban Travel Diary

Identifier: MSS.0017
Overview This diary contains travel writings from December 23, 1886 and January 18, 1887. The unidentified writer was traveling in Cuba with a friend named Charlie Starbuck. He mentions visiting a bullfight by Luis Massantini, a holiday celebration, a balloon ascension by Captain Infanti, and seeing Sarah Bernhardt. The last half of the notebook is filled with irrelevant writings (recipes, notes, etc.).
Dates: 1886 - 1887

Robert H. Davis Papers

Identifier: MSS.0713
Scope and Content These papers consist of the teaching and research of Robert H. Davis a scholar on Colombia and Latin America. Davis graduated from Vanderbilt University with a PhD in 1969 and went on to a career teaching in academia.
Dates: 1960s-2007

John T. Dorsey Collection

Identifier: MSS.0114
Dates: multiple

William Fisher Collection

Identifier: MSS.0777
Overview This collection contains 3 16mm color films and 64 slides depicting scenes from Mexico and Guatemala circa 1940, created by William Fisher. The entire collection has been digitized.
Dates: 1939 - 1942

Garden Estate Sugar Plantation Slave Records

Identifier: MSS.0900
Overview Signed manuscript dated January 2, 1827 tallying and describing the slaves of Garden Estate in Trinidad, being a register of slaves working this sugar plantation from 1813 to 1822, and listing 92 individuals by the English names assigned to them, their approximate age, their occupations, health, distinguishing tribal marks, and country of origin.
Dates: 1827 January 2

Edwin Sheffield Gleaves Papers

Identifier: MSS.0170
Dates: 1958 - 1987

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