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Jacob Bruner Letters, 1861-1863.
The personal correspondence of Bruner, who served as Quartermaster Sergeant in the 68th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and First Lieutenant in the 9th Louisiana Volunteers of African Descent. Also includes images and text of the eleven letters written during his service with the 9th Louisiana.
G.R. Clark Eustatia Plantation, Mississippi, Account Book 1861.
Daily account book of Eustatia plantation in Mississippi, kept by G.R. Clark, overseer. Daily record of passing events, cotton picked and bales pressed, tools and clothing given to slaves, births and deaths, physician's visits, sick slaves, and inventory of stock and implements.
Thomas Clarkson Manuscript. 1815.
Account of interview with Emperor Alexander I of Russia, among issues discussed is slavery in the US.
William J. Barnett Manumission Papers, 1843-1856.
Legal documents granting freedom to former slaves and their children.
Sam Barnett Manumission Paper
America Barnett Manumission Paper
George A. Myers Papers, 1890-1929.
Black politician, owner of the Hollenden Hotel Barber Shop in Cleveland, and member of the Ohio Republican State Executive Committee. Correspondence concerning Ohio and National politics, especially the Republican party and its candidates, conventions, campaigns and issues; appointments and activities of Marcus A. Hanna-William McKinley faction 1892-1904; and role of blacks in Republican party.
Peyton Polly Collection, 1856-1859.
Free black man's legal efforts to gain release of his children and grandchildren kidnapped from Ohio into slavery in Kentucky and Virginia. This selection of items is from the Salmon P. Chase collection.
John Rankin Collection, 1835-nd.
Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Ripley, Ohio, and founder of the first anti-slavery society in Ohio, 1835. Papers of and about Rankin including a 31 page statement by Rankin in defense of Lane Seminary students organizing anti-slavery society (1835).
Reverdy C. Ransom Collection, 1906-1957.
Reverdy C. Ransom was a church leader, civil rights activist and editor. He graduated from Wilberforce University in 1886 after spending a year at Oberlin College. He was licensed to preach in the A.M.E. Church in 1883, he was ordained a deacon in 1886 and an elder in 1888. He was elected the 48th Bishop of the Church in 1924 and retained that post until his retirement in 1952. Reverdy was editor of the A.M.E. Church Review from 1912 to 1924.
Ripley [Ohio] Anti Slavery Society. Minute Book, 1835-1843, 1848.
Includes constitution, membership list, and minutes of the meetings of the Ripley Anti Slavery Society.
Union Association of Colored Men of New Richmond, Ohio. Minute Book, 1857.
Constitution, by laws, minutes, and records.
WPA. Ex-Slave Narratives, 1937-1938.
The Federal Writer's Project interviewed former slaves in 1937-1938, depositing the life histories in The Library of Congress. Twenty-seven of those Ohio interviews did not get to LC, and are only available here. Cross listed under Photographs/Prints.
Colonel Charles Young. Collection, 1897-1931.
African American Army Colonel, and Ohioan, who served as military attache to Haiti and Liberia. Bulk of collection is correspondence, papers, notes, and photographs. Cross listed under Photographs/Prints.


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