Anti-Slavery Letters

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The archive contains typescript copies of anti-slavery letters, dated 1832-1870, taken by Dr Clare Taylor whilst conducting research for her book, British and American Abolitionists: An Episode in Transatlantic Understanding. The letters are from prominent Quakers, Unitarians and Scottish Abolitionists, and include British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society letters. Amongst the correspondents are William Lloyd Garrison; George Thompson; Richard D Webb; Harriet Martineau; Maria Weston Chapman; Robert Purvis; John B Estlin; Mary Estlin; Samuel May Jnr. and Elizabeth Pease Nichol.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dr Clare Taylor was born in 1934. Originally from the West Indies, she became a lecturer in history at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She specialised in colonial history and the history of the West Indies, and published widely on these subjects. She has since retired, and now lives in Kent.

Conditions Governing Access

The papers may be consulted through application by e-mail to: archives@aber.ac.uk or by post to: Aberystwyth University, Archives, Information Services, Llandinam Building, Penglais, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DB. Tel: 01970 628593.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, by Dr Clare Taylor.

Note

Description compiled by Rhian Phillips, Archives Hub project archivist, with reference to Clare Taylor, British and American Abolitionists: An Episode in Transatlantic Understanding, (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1974).

Other Finding Aids

See the index to Clare Taylor, British and American Abolitionists: An Episode in Transatlantic Understanding, (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1974).

Bibliography

The letters have been published in Clare Taylor, British and American Abolitionists: An Episode in Transatlantic Understanding, (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1974).

Additional Information

The original letters can be found amongst the Anti-Slavery Collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts Department, Boston Public Library, USA; the May Anti-Slavery Collection, Cornell University Library, New York, USA; the Estlin Papers, Dr Williams' Library, London; the Smeal Papers, Mitchell Library, Glasgow; the Webb Papers, Trinity College, Dublin, and the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society Archive, Rhodes House Library, Oxford University.

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