Accession Number: HC 3
Records Dates: 1769-1881; 1916
.5 linear feet, 1 manuscript box
Online Catalog Record (BANC)
Series I - Publications
Series II - Bills of Sale
Series III - Correspondence
Series IV - Miscellaneous Documents
Series V - Speeches
Access and Use
Provenance: Collected by Berea College librarians through donation
are no restrictions on the collection other than federal copyright regulations.
Preferred Citation: The Anti-Slavery Collection, Berea
College Special Collections & Archives,
- HC 04 - William Goodell Family Collection, 1780 - 1892
- RG 1 - Founders & Founding, BCA
- RG 3.01 - E.H. Fairchild Papers
The Anti-Slavery Collection consists primarily of publications, letters,
bills of sale and reports; they date from 1769- 1865, although one retrospective
account was recorded in 1916. Most of the materials in the collection
relate to slavery and support Berea College’s open opposition to
the institution of slavery.
Of particular note in the collection is a letter and separate
autograph of Levi Coffin, President of the Underground Railroad in Cincinnati,
and letters from James Birney and Thomas Garrett. Also in the collection
is an anti-slavery publication of 1856 written by William Goodell, a compatriot
of Berea founder John G. Fee. The slave deeds in the collection remain
a testament to the stark reality of slavery.
(Box list available by clicking series links below)
Broadsides, polemics, organizational statements, and periodicals
all denouncing the institution of slavery.
Deeds or bills of sale which served as legal documents in slave
trade. Some bills from the Lexington, Kentucky area. One manumission.
The letters of various correspondents involved in abolitionist
work and some family letters, including one from a Union prison
Clippings (John Brown’s execution), a 19th c. bibliography,
three articles by Matilda Fee, and minutes transcribed from the
New York Manumission Society records.
Several published speeches, from 1854 through 1866, regarding slavery in the territories,
emancipation, union, the Civil Rights Bill, and Congressional representation in the
states formerly in rebellion immediately following the war.
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