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  • Black history collection,


  • Correspondence, speeches, writings, court records, slave records, slave deeds, emancipation and manumission papers, birth and marriage records, wills, family and genealogical papers, military records, financial records, ships' papers, broadsides, newspaper clippings, printed matter, and other papers pertaining to African Americans from the colonial period through the early twenty-first century. Subjects include the slave trade, slaves, medical care of slaves, fugitive slaves, abolition, emancipation, manumission, freedmen, free blacks, civil rights, and military service, in particular, during the American Civil War.


  • Robards, Lewis C.


  • -  African American families
  • -  African American soldiers
  • -  African Americans
  • -  African Americans--Genealogy
  • -  Civil rights
  • -  Deeds
  • -  Free blacks
  • -  Freedmen
  • -  Fugitive slaves
  • -  Marriage records
  • -  Registers of births, etc
  • -  Ship's papers
  • -  Slave records
  • -  Slave trade
  • -  Slavery
  • -  Enslaved persons
  • -  Enslaved persons--Emancipation
  • -  Enslaved persons--Legal status, laws, etc
  • -  Enslaved persons--Medical care
  • -  Wills
  • -  United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Participation, African American


  • -  Arranged alphabetically by topic, name of person or organization, or type of material and alphabetically and chronologically thereunder.
  • -  Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Container number, Black History Collection, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • -  Gift, bequest, purchase, and transfer, circa 1900-2023.
  • -  Collection material in English, French, and Spanish.
  • -  Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room and at
  • -  Includes a receipt book (1851 February 6-1853 May 23) of Lewis C. Robards that was formerly cataloged separately.


  • 1,260 items.
  • 7 containers plus 2 oversize.
  • 3.8 linear feet.


Library of Congress Control Number

  • mm82057687

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Chicago citation style:

Robards, Lewis C. Black History Collection.

APA citation style:

Robards, L. C. Black History Collection.

MLA citation style:

Robards, Lewis C. Black History Collection.