Slavery and anti-slavery collection
Scope and Contents
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.
Dates of Materials
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Use
Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.
1.773 linear feet (7 containers)
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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Materials in this subject collection were either purchased or given to the Sophia Smith Collection by various donors.
Additions to the Collection
Periodic additions are expected.
Finding aid revised in 2002 by Laura Cutter, intern. Introductory text by Kate Weigand. Recent additions may not be reflected in the finding aid.
- African Americans -- To 1863
- Anti-slavery movements -- United States
- Antislavery movements
- Brown, John, 1800-1859
- Brown, William Wells, 1815-1884
- Edwards, Jonathan, 1703-1758--Sermons
- Garrison family
- Garrison family
- Grimke, Angelina Emily, 1805-1879
- Grimke, Sarah Moore, 1792-1873
- Mott, Lucretia, 1793-1880
- Slavery -- United States
- Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, 1815-1902
- Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852
- Women abolitionists
- Slavery and anti-slavery collection
- Finding Aid
- Laura Cutter
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
- 2005-09-23: mnsss159 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
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