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New York Yearly Meeting collection of papers concerning slavery

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-SC-284

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a small number of miscellaneous papers relating to efforts within New York Yearly Meeting to support the manumission of enslaved people, abolition, and education of formerly enslaved people, 1778-1870. Most are copies of reports presented to New York Monthly Meeting or to the Yearly Meeting, compiled as a reference file.

Dates

  • 1778 - 1870

Creator

Copyright and Rights Information

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Biographical / Historical

In the 1770s New York Yearly Meeting formally endorsed the manumission of enslaved adults. By 1782 New York Monthly Meeting had appointed a committee to visit people formerly enslaved by its members and report on their welfare, and in 1785 the New York Society for the Promoting the Manumission of Slaves was organized, its membership largely Quaker. While all Quakers rejected slavery, members were split on their approach to abolition. After the Civil War, they were active supporters in the education of formerly enslaved people in the South.

Extent

.01 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Language

English

Overview

The collection contains a small number of miscellaneous papers relating to efforts within New York Yearly Meeting to support the manumission of enslaved people, abolition, and education of formerly enslaved people, 1778-1870. Most are copies of reports presented to New York Monthly Meeting or to the Yearly Meeting, compiled as a reference file.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of New York Yearly Meeting, 1997

Related Materials

New York Yearly Meeting records, RG2/NYy
Status
In Progress
Author
Susanna Morikawa
Date
2017
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  • 2020: Updated outdated, harmful terminology related to enslavement, except where it appears in a title, quotation, or subject heading.

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