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Anti-Slavery Collection

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Publications

Bills of Sale

Correspondence, 1825-1863

Miscellaneous Documents

Speeches



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Anti-Slavery Collection | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Collection Overview

Title: Anti-Slavery CollectionAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1796-1881

Extent: 1.0 MS boxes

Arrangement:

The records are arranged into five series:

Series 1 - Publications

Series 2 - Bills of Sale

Series 3 - Correspondence

Series 4 - Miscellaneous Documents

Series 5 - Speeches

Subjects: Abolitionists., American Anti-Slavery Society., Antislavery movements -- Kentucky., Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources., Berea, (Ky.), Berea College, Fairchild, Edward Henry -- 1815-1889, Fee, John Gregg -- 1816-1901, Fee, Matilda., Slavery -- Controversial literature., Slavery –- Kentucky., Temperance., United States -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.

Languages: English

Abstract

The Anti-Slavery Collection, collected by Berea College librarians (through donation and purchase) consists primarily of publications, letters, bills of sale and reports; records date from 1769- 1865, although one retrospective account was recorded in 1916.  Most of the materials in the collection relate to slavery and support Berea College’s open opposition to the institution of slavery.

Of particular note in the collection is a letter and separate autograph of Levi Coffin, President of the Underground Railroad in Cincinnati, and letters from James Birney and Thomas Garrett. Also in the collection is an anti-slavery publication of 1856 written by William Goodell, a compatriot of Berea founder John G. Fee, as well as typescript accounts by Matilda Hamilton Fee.  The slave deeds in the collection remain a testament to the stark reality of slavery.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists primarily of publications, letters, bills of sale and reports dating from 1769- 1865 (with one exception: a retrospective account recorded in 1916).  Most of the material in the collection relates to slavery and Berea College’s open opposition to the institution of slavery.

Subject/Index Terms

Abolitionists.
American Anti-Slavery Society.
Antislavery movements -- Kentucky.
Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Berea, (Ky.)
Berea College
Fairchild, Edward Henry -- 1815-1889
Fee, John Gregg -- 1816-1901
Fee, Matilda.
Slavery -- Controversial literature.
Slavery –- Kentucky.
Temperance.
United States -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: There are no restrictions on use by researchers other than federal copyright restrictions.

Related Materials:

Papers of the William Goodell Family, Special Collections and Archives, Berea College, Berea, KY

Berea College Archives Founders and Founding, Special Collections and Archives, Berea College, Berea, KY

John G. Fee Papers, Special Collections and Archives, Berea College, Berea, KY

E.H. Fairchild Papers, Special Collections and Archives, Berea College, Berea, KY

Cassius M. Clay Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Berea College, Berea, Ky.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item/Folder], Anti-Slavery Collection, Berea College Archives Historical Collection 03, Special Collections and Archives, Berea College, Berea, Ky.

Other Note: BCA 0168 HC 03


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[Series 1: Publications, 1835-1881],
[Series 2: Bills of Sale, 1769-1849],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1825-1863, 1825-1863],
[Series 4: Miscellaneous Documents, 1785-1859],
[Series 5: Speeches, 1854-1866],
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Series 3: Correspondence, 1825-1863, 1825-1863Add to your cart.
The letters of various correspondents involved in abolitionist work and some family letters, including one from a Union prison camp. Arrangement within series is chronological.
Folder 3.1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Letter to Mary Freude (?) from Rebecca, London, Apr 24, 1825, 3rd day of antislavery meeting: womenAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Letter from Robert Daniel, Independence, Missouri, to Major Jesse Daniel, Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, Dec. 10, 1839, regarding deed and money transferAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Letter from James G. Birney for the Executive Committee of the American Anti-Slavery Society, New York, to a separate party in favor of questioning candidates re: views on slavery. July 1838Add to your cart.
Item 4: Letter to Mr. Jehu Wells, Spartanburg, S. C., from Benjamin Barnes or Barner, Smithland, KY, Oct. 10, 1844, regarding sale of tobacco from “your negro man Georges,” plus comments on weather and politics. A printed transcript with information on provenance accompanies this letter.Add to your cart.
Item 5: Letter from Levi Coffin, President of the Underground Railroad, Cincinnati, July 18, 1853, to M. M. Robinson, responding to questions about the split in the Quaker meeting of Indiana over antislavery activities.Add to your cart.
Item 6: Letter from James Nelson, Pleasant Hill, Clarke Co, Kentucky, Sept. 12, 1857, to his son in Missouri.  Discusses price of crops, stock, drought, activities of friends and neighbors.  The Matt and Lizzie in the postscript may be slaves.Add to your cart.
Item 7: Letter from Thomas Garrett, Stationmaster on the Underground Railroad, Wilmington, DE, May 22, 1861, to Abby H. Patten, discussing hardships and hope for abolition of slavery.Add to your cart.
Item 8: Letter from J. D. Nelson, Camp Douglas, Chicago, IL ( Union prison camp), to his parents, Mar. 22, 1863. His company was the 5th Kentucky Cavalry. Probably the same James mentioned in the 1854 letter from James Nelson, above.Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: Publications, 1835-1881],
[Series 2: Bills of Sale, 1769-1849],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1825-1863, 1825-1863],
[Series 4: Miscellaneous Documents, 1785-1859],
[Series 5: Speeches, 1854-1866],
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