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Assessment of the Value of a Plantation

Identifier: MSS.0956

This collection consists of a two-page draft document assessing the value of a plantation in Mayan County, Alabama from circa 1855.

Dates: circa 1855

Backhouse Cuban Account Book

Identifier: MSS.0919

Richard Blackett Papers

Identifier: MSS.0663

The Richard Blackett Papers, c. 1980-2020, consist of the research and administrative files of historian Richard Blackett (b. 1947).

Dates: 1980 - 2020

Colombian Slave Sale Manuscript

Identifier: MSS.0955

This collection contains a manuscript dated 1680 documenting the sale of slave named "Mauricia", a young girl aged 10 or 11 in Colombia.

Dates: 1680

Cuban Sale of Slaves Manuscript

Identifier: MSS.0865
Abstract 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

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS.0889

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

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS.0920
Dates: 1865 July 21

Cuban Slave Manuscripts

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS.0922
Dates: 1845 - 1886

Cuban Travel Diary

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS.0017

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

George Davidson Papers

Identifier: MSS.0100

This collection contains 2 items, relating to the return of an enslaved person, George Davidson, to Hiram A. Hunter.

Dates: 1865

William H. Fleming Collection

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS.0145

This collection contains 2 items by the Honorable William H. Fleming.

Dates: 1906

Garden Estate Sugar Plantation Slave Records

Identifier: MSS.0900

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

William Giles Harding Papers

Identifier: MSS.0189
Scope and Contents This .42 linear feet collection is divided into three series: Series I includes original, handwritten general correspondence sent to William Giles Harding primarily from Matthew Fontaine Maury, 1827-1872. The letters discuss Agricultural and Meterological Societies, importation of Llamas and Alpacas from South America to Tennessee, the Civil War, and politics. It also includes an address by Matthew Fontaine Maury before the...
Dates: 1827-1872

Stanley F. Horn Collection

Identifier: MSS.0213
Abstract The Stanley F. Horn Collection of Tennessee Manuscripts contains more than six hundred individual pieces. Although they range in date from 1782 to the 1870s, most are concentrated in the first four decades of the nineteenth century. Virtually all of the early governors of Tennessee are represented by one or more documents. There are also papers of Sam Houston, John Sevier, JohnQuincy Adams, James Robertson, Davy Crockett, and others; there is one legal writ bearing the unique signature mark...
Dates: 1780 - 1905

James Irving Jamaican Plantation Manuscript

Identifier: MSS.0839

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.

Dates: 1837 August 1

Jamaica Coffee Trade Manuscripts

Identifier: MSS.0840
Dates: 1803 - 1810

Thomas S. Jones/John R. Jones Family Papers

Identifier: MSS.0231
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1848 - 1859

Vivian Marsh Collection

Identifier: MSS.0287
Scope and Contents

This collection contains four letters written to Vivian Marsh from Mabel Mobley in Johnston, South Carolina. Mobley was born into slavery. In 1967, when these letters were written, she lived on the Marsh Plantation.

The letters are not dated, but one of the envelopes has a postmark. Topics discussed in the letters include cotton, peaches, pecans, blackberries, Japanese fruit cake, winkemaking, and how people treat the elderly.

Dates: undated

Anti-Slavery Pamphlet Collection

Identifier: MSS.0731

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.

Dates: 1787 - 1916

Provincia de Matanzas Termino Municipal de Cardenas Manuscript

Identifier: MSS.0850

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.

Dates: 1883


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