Scope and Contents
This collection of manuscript, typescript, and printed materials contains resources created between 1769 and 1916 documenting the institution of slavery, the anti-slavery movement, and the aftermath of slavery in the United States. The collection includes small publications, correspondence, slave bills of sale and deeds, a bibliography of anti-slavery literature, and a 1916 autobiographical statement by Andrew H. Hill, a formerly enslaved man from Madison County, Kentucky.
Of particular note in the collection are letters written by Levi Coffin, James Birney, and Thomas Garrett; an 1856 anti-slavery publication written by William Goodell (a compatriot of Berea College founder Rev. John G. Fee); and typescript accounts by Matilda Hamilton Fee.
- Created: 1769-1916
- Other: Majority of material found within 1800-1880
Conditions Governing Access
Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.
Conditions Governing Use
There are no restrictions on use by researchers other than federal copyright restrictions.
Language of Materials
The Anti-Slavery Collection contains essays, addresses, reports, letters, business and legal records, research notes, and other materials collected by Berea College librarians through donation and purchase. These items document the institution of slavery, the anti-slavery movement, the conflict over slavery, and the aftermath of slavery in the United States of America.
The records are arranged into four series:
Series 1 - Publications, 1834-1881
Series 2 - Legal Documents, 1769-1849
Series 3 - Correspondence, 1825-1863
Series 4 - Additional Manuscript and Typescript Documents, 1857-1916
Other Descriptive Information
BCA 0168 HC 03
- American Anti-Slavery Society.
- Antislavery movements -- Kentucky.
- Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
- Berea (Ky.)
- Berea College
- Fairchild, Edward Henry -- 1815-1889
- Fee, John Gregg -- 1816-1901
- Fee, Matilda.
- Slavery -- Controversial literature.
- Slavery –- Kentucky.
- United States -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
- Finding Aid for the Anti-Slavery Collection
- Anti-Slavery Collection
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- 2021 October: Finding aid revised by Tim Binkley: additions incorporated, file titles and dates standardized, ArchivesSpace data display simplified
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