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Archives & Manuscripts

Slavery -- United States

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 17 Collections and/or Records:

Abington monthly meeting manumissions

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-975-11-001
Scope and Content note This volume records the manumissions of slaves for various members of Abington Monthly meeting. The Manumissions include a statement describing who the slave holder is freeing, and why, and includes the signatures of the slave holders and their witnesses. Individuals whose manumission of slaves is recorded in the volume include: Thomas Walton, David Parry, Thomas Fletcher, Susannah and Thomas Walmsley, Sarah Bolton, Margaret Bolton, Rachel Bolton, and Isaac Bolton, Silar Walmsey, Thomas...
Dates: 1775

John Alston Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-002
Overview John Alston (1794-1874) was a Quaker farmer who lived in Middletown, Delaware. This collection contains his journals (1837 (?)-1847 and n.d.), account books and business papers (1821-1874), and essays by Nathan Lord on slavery and salvation (1797).
Dates: 1797-1874

Thomas P. Cope Family papers

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Identifier: HC.MC-1013
Overview Letters, legal, business and financial papers, accounts, minutes, diary, portraits and other papers chiefly related to the Cope family of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Topics include business and civic interests in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting committe aiding German Separatists led by Joseph M. Bimeler (Baumler), Separation of 1827-1828, slavery and immigration of free blacks to Haiti, War of 1812, etc. Letters (1854-1857) of Thomas Garrett (1789-1871) discuss his work assisting...
Dates: 1795-1891

Joseph A. and Ruth Dugdale Correspondence

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Identifier: SFHL-SC-032
Abstract Correspondence of Dugdale and his wife, Ruth Dugdale, both of whom were active in reform efforts such as the abolition of slavery and women's rights. Correspondents include Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Thomas Garrett, William Lloyd Garrison, James Mott, Lucretia Mott, and Wendell Phillips.
Dates: 1841-1873

Emlen Family Papers

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Identifier: SFHL-RG5-038
Overview Contains papers relating to the Emlen family, residents of Middletown and West Chester, Pennsylvania. Chiefly correspondence (1817-1849) of Sarah Foulke Farquhar Emlen (1787-1849), Quaker minister, relating to her travels to visit Friends' meetings in England, Ireland, New England, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia. Also correspondence of Quaker ministers 1740-1790, copybooks, and memorabilia. Includes material relating to Westtown School, a Quaker boarding school...
Dates: 1740 - 1886; Majority of material found within 1817 - 1849

Joshua Evans Papers

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Identifier: SFHL-RG5-190
Overview Joshua Evans, a Quaker minister and abolitionist, was born in 1731 in West Jersey. About the year 1754, he experienced a religious conversion and thereafter devoted his life to sharing his rigorous interpretation of the gospel through an ascetic and pious life style and simple ministry. Barely educated, he was nevertheless acknowledged as a minister by Haddonfield Monthly Meeting in 1759. Evans was a vegetarian and a fervent proponent of the peace testimony, Quaker plainness, and ending...
Dates: ca. 1788- ca. 1804

Ferris Family Papers

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Identifier: SFHL-RG5-040
Overview The collection contains correspondence, journals and other writings, business and legal papers, and miscellaneous items of the Ferris family of Wilmington, Delaware, a prominent Quaker family. Of particular note are the correspondence and writings of Benjamin Ferris concerning the Separation in the Society of Friends, as well as the journals and diaries of Anna M. Ferris, David Ferris, Matilda Ferris, Benjamin Ferris, and Henry Ferris. Correspondents include William Lloyd Garrison, William...
Dates: 1737-1940

Garrett, McCollin, and Vail family papers

 Series
Identifier: HC.MC-950-081
Scope and Content This collection contains the correspondence of the Garrett, McCollin and Vail families.Writers include Ann Garrett, Edward Garrett, Margaret Malin Garrett, Thomas Garrett, Anna Garrett McCollin, James Garrett McCollin, John McCollin, Anna Garrett Vail and Benjamin Vail. One letter to Margaret Malin Garrett from William Biddle includes an (undated) account of a Quarterly Meeting in which he offers quick reviews of those who spoke, including Mary Ann Loyd, whose "ministry is far from edifying to...
Dates: 1820-1920

“A Short Account of a visit made by Isaac Jackson to Friends on the Western Shore of Maryland: 1776”

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Identifier: HC.MC-975-11-017
Scope and Content note This collection is comprised of the single volume manuscript which describes Jackson’s interviews with Quaker slaveholders in Maryland. The volume is organized by the names of individuals that Jackson interviewed, their reasons for owning slaves, and whether or not they were determined to maintain ownership, or could be persuaded to set them free.
Dates: 1776

Samuel M. Janney Papers

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Identifier: SFHL-RG5-183
Overview Samuel McPherson Janney was a Virginia Quaker minister, author, educator, and reformer. In 1839 he opened a boarding school for girls in Loudoun County. He traveled widely in the ministry, meeting with other denominations as well as being immersed in the contemporary issues facing the Society of Friends. Among his activities were establishing schools for African Americans and women, creating public schools in Virginia, and the abolition of slavery. In 1869 he was appointed Superintendent of...
Dates: 1815-1880