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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 4: Miscellaneous Documents, 1785-1859Add to your cart.
Folder 4.1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Extracts from Minutes of the Society for the Manumission of Slaves from 1785-1797, Minutes of the Manumission Society of New York, Vol. 1, John Jay, President. Membership list included. A final note by William Goodell, dated 1857, indicates he copied much of the document.Add to your cart.
Item 2: Bibliography of books and pamphlets on slavery and anti-slavery in the Oberlin College Library, up to 1874.Add to your cart.
Item 3: Typescript of article by Matilda Hamilton Fee, for the American Missionary Society, January 1858, describing the two small blond slaves and mulatto mother who rode in the stage with her from Lexington to Richmond.Add to your cart.
Item 4: Typescript of article by Matilda Hamilton Fee, for the American Missionary Society, January 1858, May 1858, describing a conversation with the only colored member of Union Church in Berea at that time.Add to your cart.
Item 5: Typescript of article by Matilda Hamilton Fee, for the American Missionary Society, January 1858, April 1859, describing her visit to a freed black woman in prison for attempting to free 5 of her descendants.Add to your cart.
Item 6: Copy of typed account by Andrew Hill, born a slave with the Dunson family, who enlisted in the US army in 1864. He names the leaders of the mob that pulled down Fee’s first schoolhouse. His recollections are dated June 5, 1916, and he gives his birthdate as Dec. 16, 1813, making him 103 at the time of this account.Add to your cart.
Item 7: Clippings from the Cincinnati Daily Gazette, Dec. 3, 1859, reporting the execution of John Brown.Add to your cart.

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[Series 3: Correspondence, 1825-1863, 1825-1863],
[Series 4: Miscellaneous Documents, 1785-1859],
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