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African American Women's History Resources at Rubenstein Library: Colonial & Antebellum


Manuscripts and archives documenting African American women in the colonial and Antebellum eras can be located throughout the Rubestein Library's collections. The presence of these women can often be found in manuscripts authored by white men and women including: plantation records, the journals of slave traders, travel diaries, and court transactions. It is important to remember that during this period, African American women were both enslaved and free and the collections in this list contain records documenting the lives of women from both of these statuses. Additionally, some collections contain manuscripts authored by enslaved African American women.

Colonial & Antebellum Manuscript Collections

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John Gartrell
Director, John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture

Box 90185

Durham, NC 27708