Preliminary Guide to the Slave Documents Collection

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Preliminary Guide to the Slave Documents Collection, ca. 1711-1878

Collection number: Wyles Mss 75

Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Information:

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Davidson Library
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: (805) 893-3062
  • Fax: (805) 893-5749
  • Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
    Processed by:
    Special Collections staff
    Date Completed:
    05 March 2002
    Encoded by:
    David C. Gartrell
© 2002 Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Slave Documents Collection,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1711-1878
Collection Number: Wyles Mss 75
Extent: .4 linear feet (1 box)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Physical Location: Vault
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

None.

Preferred Citation

Slave Documents Collection. Wyles Mss 75. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Multiple purchases, 1960s-2003.

Scope and Content of Collection

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.
The collection is arranged chronologically.

Collection Contents

Box 1: 1

Bill of expenses, for transporting 52 Negroes to Charles Town, [ca. 1700s]

Box 1: 2

Bill of sale. Hampshire County, Massachusetts, 12 June 1711

Box 1: 3

Bill of sale. Wake County, North Carolina, 1 Apr. 1791

Box 1: 4

Court summons, for emancipation suit. Frederick County, Maryland, 2 May 1794

Box 1: 5

Notice, "Ran Away.", 20 Aug. 1794

Box 1: 6

Bill of sale. Frederick County, Maryland, 19 Sept. 1794

Box 1: 7

Bill of sale. Frederick County, Maryland, 6 Aug. 1805

Box 1: 8

Notice of reward for return of two Negroes. Lincoln County [?], 5 June 1806

Box 1: 9

Bill of sale. Wakefield, North Carolina, 10 May 1809

Box 1: 10

Bill of sale for a Negro boy, Charles Pichegru, age 14. Sold by one Peter Sharp to Joshua E. R. Birth for $200.00, for a term of 16 years. Dutchess County, New York, 9 April 1810

Box 1: 11

Mandat de payement, for slave labor. New Orleans, 9 July 1814

Box 1: 12

Past due statement of account between a doctor and a slaveowner, documenting services of the doctor such as "extracting tooth for yellow man. $1.00". County of St. Louis, 7 Mar. 1815

Box 1: 13

Permission to marry, 26 July 1817

Box 1: 14

Mandat de payement, for slave labor. New Orleans, 10 Aug. 1819

Box 1: 15

Property tax return for 1819 (including sections for Negroes, Free Negroes, and Mulattoes). Charleston, South Carolina, 28 Jan. 1820

Box 1: 16

Manumission papers. New York, 26 July 1820

Box 1: 17

Estate list, including sale of 11 slaves, 1 Mar. 1821

Box 1: 18

Manumission papers. New York City, 17 June 1821

Box 1: 19

Bill of sale. Wake County, North Carolina, Nov. 1821

Box 1: 20

Bill of sale. Washington, D.C, 15 Jan. 1825

Box 1: 21

Slave releases. 4 items. New Orleans, 1825-1845

Box 1: 22

Power of attorney, for sale of slaves. Kentucky, 10 May 1830

Box 1: 23

Bill of sale. Tennessee, 19 Oct. 1833

Box 1: 24

Document of manumission wherein John Sarpy, "who is personally known to the Judge of said Court," released "my Negro girl named Filliet, aged about twenty years . Being of a yellow or mulatto color" from slavery. County of St. Louis, 5 Jan. 1835

Box 1: 25

Document of manumission in which Asa Wilgus "released from slavery liberated manumitted and set free my Negro woman Rhoda being of the age of thiry-eight years and able to work and gain a sufficient livelihood and maintenance". St. Louis, 21 Apr. 1835

Box 1: 26

Document of manumission. Mary Davis, by signing an "X", emancipated 45-year old Amy "as fully and absolutely as if she had been born free." City of St. Louis, 3 Oct. 1835

Box 1: 27

Document of manumission, in which J. B. Meachum "released from slavery, liberated, manumitted, and set free my Negro woman named Diana, being of the age of about thirty years, of sound mind and body, able to work and gain a sufficient livelihood and maintenance."10 Dec. 1835

Box 1: 28

Bill of sale, 2 Feb. 1836

Box 1: 29

Document of manumission, in which three heirs of John Davis emancipated his slave William Douglass, 27, for the sum of $500.00 paid by Douglass. County of St. Louis, 12 Mar. 1836

Box 1: 30

Document of manumission, by John Mulhall, emancipating Esther Bowen, "aged about 50 as believed from the best information," whose husband was a free Negro, for the sum of $100.00. County of St. Louis, 18 Aug. 1836

Box 1: 31

Bill of sale. Washington, D.C, 30 Sept. 1836

Box 1: 32

Jackson, A. 1 ALS, to "Old Mistress" Mrs. Sarah Trigg in Memphis, regarding price she would take for him to buy his freedom. North Yuba, California, 19 Oct. 1837

Box 1: 33

Promissory note for slave hire, 5 Jan. 1841

Box 1: 34

Promissory note for slave hire, 19 Apr. 1841

Box 1: 35

Bill of sale, 12 Aug. 1841

Box 1: 36

Sale document. Wake County, North Carolina, 13 May 1842

Box 1: 37

Receipt, 22 Oct. 1844

Box 1: 38

Petition from John Street Church, condemning slavery and opposing church participation in financial gains derived from slavery. Lowell, Massachusetts, 8 Sept. 1845

Box 1: 39

Receipts of payment for hire of slaves to work on chain gang. 2 items. New Orleans, Dec. 1845

Box 1: 40

Account for medical services, July-Oct. 1846

Box 1: 41

Bill of sale. Austin, Texas, 14 Feb. 1852

Box 1: 42

Comptroller's Warrant, payable for subsistence of three slaves. Vallejo, California, 1 Nov. 1852

Box 1: 43

Slave hire documents. 8 items, 1852-1858

Box 1: 44

Valuation of hire of slaves. Mississippi, 1 Mar. 1853

Box 1: 45

Complaint about overseer, 1853

Box 1: 46

Bill of sale. Bertie County, North Carolina, 4 Apr. 1854

Box 1: 47

Receipts for hire of slaves, 1855

Box 1: 48

Tax and fee bill, 1855

Box 1: 49

Receipt for "4 Days Hunting Negros.", 11 July 1857

Box 1: 50

Document of manumission. John C. Bull, "for divers good cause and considerations," emancipated his slave Henry. County of St. Louis., 6 Nov. 1857

Box 1: 51

Bill of sale. Richmond, Virginia, 20 Feb. 1858

Box 1: 52

Reports of hires of Negros for 1858. Mississippi, 1 Mar. 1858

Box 1: 53

Document of manumission, emancipating Jerry, "aged about 59 years about five feet ten inches in height, small scar on his forehead". City of Louis, 12 Oct. 1859

Box 1: 54

Document of manumission. William Glasgow released Jesse Bales from slavery, describing Jesse as "aged about 45 years, a mulatto of slight frame and about five feet seven inches high, and long a resident of this state." City of St. Louis, 3 Dec. 1859

Box 1: 55

Bill for coffin, Sept. 1860

Box 1: 56

Document of manumission, in which Orelana Schaumburg "released and set free my slave George Montague aged three years and six months and of a very light color." City of St. Louis, 1 May 1861

Box 1: 57

Bill of sale. Wake County, North Carolina, 26 July 1861

Box 1: 58

Document permitting transport of slaves to Atlanta, 16 Jan. 1864

Box 1: 59

Negro passport. Confederate States of America, War Department, 1865

Box 1: 60

Ames, Mary Clemmer. "The Slave Wife: A True Story of the Last Generation.", [ca. 1870]

Box 1: 61

Broadside, "Ought the Black Race to Enjoy Equal Liberty and Rights with the White Race?" Jacksonville, Florida., 1878.

Box 1: 62

Sale of real estate and slaves. Missouri Territory, County of St. Louis, n.d.