Documents on Antebellum Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement

Collection Summary

Title: Documents on Antebellum Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement
Call Number: MS 88-19
Size: 0.25 linear feet
Acquisition: Unknown source
Processed by: LTM, 11-2-1987; JEF, 2-18-1998; MN, 5-24-2010
Restrictions: None
Note: Digital collection, Antebellum Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement

Literary Rights

Literary rights were not granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.

Content Note

This collection of documents on Antebellum slavery and the abolitionist movement contains manumission papers, a deed of sale, a court case file, and literature advocating rights for slaves. The documents date from 1814 to 1885.

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Box 1 FF 1 Contains the manumission papers for “Milly” from William F. Hardy, dated July 6, 1814.
Box 1 FF 2 Contains the deed of sale of a slave bought by Henry Slim from Sarah Coomes, dated February 13, 1815.
Box 1 FF 3 Contains the order of services at the first anniversary of the kidnapping of Thomas Sims, dated April 12, 1852.
Box 1 FF 4 Contains a short letter from Owen Lovejoy, dated March 25, 1859 from Princeton. Lovejoy states that he sent the unknown addressee a copy of his speech.
Box 1 FF 5 Contains a copy of the petition in the case of James Hickman vs. Pierce Buffington at the Boone County Circuit Court in Columbia, Missouri, dated April 8, 1864. The petition states that Pierce Buffington, defendant, was using and hiring runaway slaves that belonged to James Hickman, plantiff. Plantiff is suing for damages.
Box 1 FF 6 Contains an invitation to E. Richards to the 50th anniversary of the mobbing of William Lloyd Garrison in the streets of Boston, October 21, 1835. This invitation was sent from the Garrison Lyceum, a “Literary Association of Colored Young Black Men and Women” that helped advance the cause for Blacks in the 1800s. Garrison was a famous journalist, reformer, and abolitionist of the 1830s. In 1832, he formed the first society for the immediate abolition of slavery. In 1835, Garrison’s life was endangered by a mob in Boston. The invitation was sent out October 14, 1885.
Box 1 FF 7 Contains a leaflet entitled “Anti-Slavery History: Letter to Reverend E. N. Packard, Pastor to the Second Church in Dorchester” by Hiram W. Blanchard Neponset, May 1883. Blanchard says that Packard’s sermon on anti-slavery history was not entirely accurate in its treatment of the movement.
Box 1 FF 8 Contains a souvenir booklet on Frederick Douglass and his home in Anacostia, Washington, D.C. The booklet contains four photographic copy prints. Douglass was a leading spokesman of American blacks in the 19th century. Born a slave, Douglass became a noted author and speaker. He devoted his life to the abolition of slavery and the fight for blacks’ civil rights and legal equality.
Oversized Storage Contains a copy of Douglass’ newspaper, Frederick Douglass’ Paper, Rochester, New York, April 6, 1860.