African-American Studies Resources in the Special Collections Research Center
This is a guide to manuscripts, books, periodicals, and other materials in the Special Collections Research Center that may be useful for researching or teaching about African Americans in the United States from the colonial period to the present.
The Richard Blow papers include a great deal of information on work of the enslaved. As a merchant, Blow also bought and sold supplies such as "Negro" clothing. His accounts relating to shipping from the Revolution through the War of 1812 also may have information on African Americans in the maritime trades.
The Blow family owned estates in Southampton and Sussex Counties. The papers include rich materials for the study of enslavement, including lists of those enslaved, medical treatment, and Nat Turner's Rebellion.
Negative photostats of papers, 1730-1817, of the Bray Associates, a division of the Society of the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, which was instrumental in providing libraries for the churches in America and setting up schools for the Christian education of those who are Black.
This list of persons enslaved by the College of William & Mary, circa 1780, includes the enslaved persons that were then at the College as well as those hired out. The list has been digitized. A transcription of this list is also available in the folder "Slaves owned by the College" in the University Archives Subject File Collection (UA 9).
The Jerdone papers contain letters and financial accounts relating to enslavement throughout this period. Topics include enslaved persons' health, work, deaths, sale and hiring out, and resistance to enslavement. Other letters refer to Gabriel's Rebellion in 1800.