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African American Archives includes:

  • Account Books
  • Annual Reports & Government Records
  • Casualty Sheets & Death Reports
  • Enlistment Papers & Lists of Deserters
  • Letters
  • News Clippings
  • Notational Cards
  • Original Muster and Hospital Rolls
  • Prisoner of War Papers
  • Records of the Southern Claims Commission
  • Related Manuscripts from the American Colonization Society
  • And much more…

African American Archives provides over one million pages of original historical documents pertaining to the African American experience over several centuries, and is richly-detailed with narratives and quantitative data alike. The earliest materials in this collection come from Essential Records Concerning Slavery and Emancipation from the Danish West Indies (1672-1917).

Extraordinary Personal Stories & Narrative Accounts

There are several other slavery-related collections, including letters, account books, annual reports, and news clippings. Files contain detailed narrative accounts of subjects' activities and include information about families, occupations, and general activities. There are also related manuscripts from the American Colonization Society, an organization best known for its role in establishing Liberia, a colony in Africa for free people of color from the United States.

Coverage List:

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Slavery and Emancipation

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Negro Subversion

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Plantation List