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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 freeing of one or more enslaved persons from slavery by the enslaver, rather than by government action. As Quakers became convinced that the institution of slavery was contrary to their religious beliefs, Quaker enslavers began releasing their claims to enslaved people. In 1773, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Soceity of Friends made enslaving people 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.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2020: Updated outdated, harmful terminology related to enslavement, except where it appears in a title, quotation, or subject heading.

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