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Collection of East Coast Newsprint on Slavery and Indentured Servitude
Scope and Contents
- 1723 -- 1846
Conditions Governing Use
1.42 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
These newspapers were found in the Ryder Collection of Confederate Archives in 2011; the Ryder collection was cataloged as part of the WPA in 1939/1940 but in later decades the catalog (A Calendar of the Ryder Collection of the Confederate Archives at Tufts College 1940) was forgotten and library staff added other materials to the Ryder collection, usually items from the South, from the 18th and 19th century and around the time of the Civil War.
Because the newspapers were not part of the original Ryder collection, items were removed from the Ryder papers (they had been interfiled chronologically). As there is no documentation for this collection, the only shared feature between all of the newsprints is the fact they they all contain advertisement or notes regarding slavery, enslaved persons, or indentured servants -- which is likely the reason they were added to the Ryder collection. The newspapers were brought together into one separate, 'artificial' collection in spring 2012 by Susanne Belovari.