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Peace Dale Manufacturing Company Collection
Mss 446 1742-1919
Records of a nineteenth-century Rhode Island textile manufacturer include information on women workers, an eighteenth-century South Carolina plantation day book, and bank and estate records for Mary P. Hazard.

Slave Trade
Vertical file: Mss 1404
Contains documents related to the slave trade dating from 1750 to 1832.

Ebenezer Storer & Son Collection
Mss 761 1761-1788 (1829) S884
Will and estate papers of Ebenezer Storer.

Israel E. Trask Collection
Mss 899 1807-1861 T775
Includes lists of slaves living on the Trask plantation, as well as accounts, bills, and receipts belonging to Mrs. Elizabeth Trask.



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Bill of sale for a female slave, Jude, 1782.

Although the plantations that supported the slave economy in the South did not exist in the northeastern United States, some of those plantations were owned by northerners. And slavery itself was very common in New England during the eighteenth century. This receipt for a girl named Jude, who was sold in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1752, is evidence of northern slave trade. There are probably very few other documents that record the events of Jude’s life. However, this slip of paper is intriguing evidence of her existence.

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