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Slavery/Anti-Slavery Collection, 1791-1968
3 boxes (.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 390

Abstract:
This collection primarily documents abolitionist activism. Materials include correspondence; addresses; essays; sermons; deeds from the sales of female slaves; photographs of emancipated slaves; and numerous articles on the escaped slave William Wells Brown. A substantial portion of the collection documents abolitionist John Brown and his descendents. Other individuals represented in the collection include Jonathon Edwards, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, members of the Garrison family, Angelina Grimke, Daniel Webster, Emma Willard, Maria Weston Chapman, and Henry B. Blackwell. Also represented are various anti-slavery societies.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

Materials in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy all copyright holders. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Restrictions on use:

Permission to publish quotations for publication beyond "fair use" must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Scope and Contents of the Collection
Slave Children from New Orleans, circa 1864
	    On reverse: "...The nett proceeds from the
	    sale of these photographs will be devoted
            to the education of Colored People in the
	    department of the Gulf, now under the
	    command of Major General Banks."
	    Photo by Charles Paxson, New York.

Slave Children from New Orleans, circa 1864
On reverse: "...The nett proceeds from the
sale of these photographs will be devoted
to the education of Colored People in the
department of the Gulf, now under the
command of Major General Banks."
Photo by Charles Paxson, New York.

This collection consists primarily of material that documents abolitionist activism from 1791 to 1865. Original source material includes abolitionist publications, annual reports, correspondence, addresses, conference proceedings, essays, newspaper clippings, photographs, and sermons. Individuals represented in the collection include Jonathon Edwards, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, members of the Garrison family, Angelina Grimké, Daniel Webster, Emma Willard, Maria Weston Chapman, and Henry B. Blackwell.

Included in the collection are records of the Providence (R.I.) Anti-Slavery Society, 1833-43; the proceedings of the Anti-slavery Convention of American Women in Philadelphia in 1838; the eighth annual report of the Boston Female Anti-slavery Society from 1841; Jonathan Edwards's 1791 sermon "The Injustice and Impolicy of the Slave Trade and the Slavery of the Africans"; deeds from the sales of female slaves from 1820 and 1858; photographs of emancipated slaves; and numerous articles by W. Edward Farrison on the escaped slave William Wells Brown.

A substantial portion of the collection relates to abolitionist John Brown and his descendents. that document abolitionist John Brown and his descendents. These include articles, newspaper clippings, photographs, and letters from the Garrison family to Brown's widow and sons and various essays examining myths about John Brown and the historical reality of his motivations and actions.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

Materials in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy all copyright holders. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Restrictions on use:

Permission to publish quotations for publication beyond "fair use" must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Slavery/Anti-Slavery Collection, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Materials in this subject collection were either purchased or given to the Sophia Smith Collection by various donors.

Accruals:

Periodic additions are expected.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised in 2002 by Laura Cutter, intern. Introductory text by Kate Weigand. Recent additions may not be reflected in the finding aid.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
GENERAL



American Anti-Slavery Almanac (volume 1, #1 -original and use copy),
1836

Box 1: folder 1
Anti-Slavery Convention (Philadelphia,: proceedings
1838)

Box 1: folder 2
Anti-Slavery: articles and pamphlets,
1791-1955

Box 1: folder 3-4
Deeds for the sale of a girl slave,
1820, 1858

Box 1: folder 5
Liberator: articles and reprints


Box 1: folder 6
Photographs of slaves and emancipated slaves; propaganda, and drawings,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 7
INDIVIDUALS



John Brown



Note:
William Wells Brown



Lecture to Female Anti-Slavery Society of Salem,
1848

Box 1: folder 8
Pamphlets by Edward Farrison,
1948-1959

Box 1: folder 9
Maria Weston Chapman: letter to Miss Hilditch,
circa 1945

Box 1: folder 10
Sarah and Angelina Grimke, Archibald Grimke: article,
1968

Box 1: folder 11
Thomas T. Stone: address before Female Anti-Slavery Society of Salem,
1851

Box 1: folder 12
George Francis Train: speech in reply to Charles Sumner,
1862

Box 1: folder 13
Note:
ORGANIZATIONS



Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society: annual reports,
1836, 1840, 1842

Box 1: folder 14
Ladies New York Anti-Slavery Society: "Appeal to the Christian Women of America,"
1836

Box 1: folder 15
Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society: annual reports,
1847-49, 1852, 1853

Box 1: folder 16
New Haven Anti-Slavery Society: constitution,
1833

Box 1: folder 17
Rochester Ladies Anti-Slavery Society: annual report,
1864

Box 1: folder 18
Vigilance Committee of Boston: article by Wilbur H. Siebert,
1953

Box 1: folder 19
Tolles, Frederick B., Slavery and the "Woman Question": Lucretia Mott's Diary, 1840 Supplement 23 to Journal of the Friends Historical Society (Friends Historical Association: Pennsylvannia,
1952)


Providence Anti-Slavery Society: constitution and records,
1833-43

Box 1a
JOHN BROWN



A Bibliography of John Brown, by Thomas Featherstonhaugh (includes handwritten copy and published pamphlet),
1897

Box 2: folder 20
Articles, clippings, and photos


Box 2: folder 21
John Brown Family, Jason Brown, and John Brown Fund: letters, articles, and research


Box 2: folder 22
Jeannette Lee: notes


Box 2: folder 23
OVERSIZE MATERIALS



Carroll Slave Emancipation Document,
1858

Box 3: folder 1
Thomas J. Nast: Reconstruction cartoons,
circa 1870s

Flat File
George Francis Train: speech in reply to Charles Sumner (original and use copy),
October 16, 1862

Flat File

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Abolitionists--United States--History
  • African Americans--History--To 1863--Sources
  • Anti-slavery movements--United States--History--Sources
  • Brown, John, 1800-1859
  • Brown, William Wells, 1815-1884
  • Edwards, Jonathan, 1703-1758--Sermons
  • Garrison family
  • Grimke, Angelina Emily, 1805-1879
  • Grimke, Sarah Moore, 1792-1873
  • Mott, Lucretia, 1793-1880
  • Slavery--United States--History--Sources
  • Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, 1815-1902
  • Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852
  • Women abolitionists--United States--History


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