Slave pass

Scope and Content

Slave pass, 'Pass Jane about town for one month 'till 10 oclock at night'. Signed by W. Woodbridge on 23 Mar 1845.

Administrative / Biographical History

A Negro slave was not allowed to go beyond the confines of his owner's plantation without written permission. On this "pass" was written the name of the Negro, the place he was permitted to visit, and the time beyond which he must not fail to return.


Single item.

Access Information

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Acquisition Information

Given by the Institute of Historical Research in 1946 and added to the Goldsmith's Library of Economic Literature.

Other Finding Aids

Collection level description.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

1¼" x 6¾"

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Custodial History

The pass was found 'in a book bought in Savanna, Georgia, about 1935'. The title of the book is not known.

Geographical Names