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Collection of manumissions

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-SC-079

Abstract

This is a collection of manumissions primarily from Pennsylvania and Salem Co., New Jersey dating from 1776 to 1832. Included are both originals and photocopies.

Dates

  • 1776-1832

Restrictions on Access

This collection is available for research use.

Biographical / Historical

A manumission is a formal legal document certifying the release of a slave into freedom. As Quakers became convinced that the institution of slavery was contrary to their religious beliefs, they began to free their slaves. In 1773, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Soceity of Friends made owning slaves a disownable offense.

Extent

.1 Linear Feet (.1 linear feet (3 folders.))

Language

English

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Glassboro State College. Method of acquisition--Purchased from; Date of acquisition--1977.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Marietta Hicks. Method of acquisition--Gift of; Date of acquisition--1939.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Julien Cornell. Method of acquisition--Gift of; Date of acquisition--1979.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Esther and Priscilla Heacock. Method of acquisition--Gift of; Date of acquisition--1942.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Eleanor Stabler Brooks, Anna Bunker, and Howard Parker Stabler. Method of acquisition--Gift of; Date of acquisition--1974.
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

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