The collection contains bills of sale, manumissions, notes and receipts for slave hire, accounts for medical service, a property
tax return, an estate list, correspondence, and essays. The materials for the most part were purchased as single items or
small groups of items. Generally their only connection to each other is the subject matter, which relates to slavery and race
relations in the United States in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The documents come from California, Florida, Georgia,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee,
Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.