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This collection consists of a two-page draft document assessing the value of a plantation in Mayan County, Alabama from circa 1855.
This collection contains a manuscript dated 1680 documenting the sale of slave named "Mauricia", a young girl aged 10 or 11 in Colombia.
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.
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.).
This collection contains 2 items, relating to the return of an enslaved person, George Davidson, to Hiram A. Hunter.
This collection contains 2 items by the Honorable William H. Fleming.
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.
This collection contains an extensive legal document dated August 1, 1837 transferring ownership rights for a 1/3 share of three plantations in Jamaica belonging to James Irving. Also included is a manuscript noting the names, ages, occupations, and conditions for 91 enslaved men and women working on the plantations.
This collection contains the accounting records of a plantation in Charleston, Mississippi; the correspondence of two brothers, Thomas S. Jones [who was in charge of the plantation] and John R. Jones [who was practicing medicine in Marshall County, Tennessee]; and speech. Buleah Davis donated this collection in 1939.
This collection contains four letters written to Vivian Marsh from Mabel Mobley in Johnston, South Carolina. Mrs. Mobley was born in slavery. In 1967, when these letters were written, Mabel lived on the Marsh Plantation.
The letters are not dated, but one of the envelopes has a postmark.
The Anti-Slavery Pamphlet Collection contains 245 items dated 1787 to 1916 that focus on the abolishment of slavery and Reconstruction of the Southern States after the American Civil War. Represented are imprints from Europe and the United States. The European publications also discuss situations in Poland and its politics during the 1850s.
A handwritten and highly detailed register of semi-emancipated slaves under the Cuban concept of the patronato, meaning, an intermediate status between slave and free. This register gives the names of over 1400 people who were provisionally released from slavery after Cuba began its gradual emancipation. Each listing provides the owner's name, the former slave's name and age, and details about them.
- Subject: Slavery X
- Latin America 9
- Slavery--Cuba 6
- Southern States--History 6
- antebellum 6
- Plantations 4
- Southern States--Culture 3
- Nashville (Tenn.)--History 2
- Tennessee--History 2
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 2
- family papers 2
- Antislavery movements 1
- Coffee plantations 1
- Colombia 1
- Diaries 1
- Jamaica 1
- Jamaica--History 1
- Law 1
- Lawsuits 1
- Matanzas (Cuba) 1
- Native American 1
- Pamphlets 1
- Slavery--Brazil 1
- United States--History 1
- United States--Politics and government 1
- Vanderbilt University--Faculty 1 ∧ less
- English 21
- Spanish; Castilian 2
About this Site
This site contains collection guides, or finding aids, to the archival collections held by Vanderbilt University Special Collections and University Archives, the History of Medicine Collection, and the Scarritt Bennett Center. Finding aids describe the context, arrangement, and structure of archival materials, allowing users to identify and request materials relevant to their research.
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