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2 years ago
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SLAVE MANUMISSION COLLECTION IMAGED AND AVAILABLE ONLINE!

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the volunteer archival team at the HCHS has had to take a long, unwanted break. Very little processing is being done at this time, so few new materials are ready for release right now. That does NOT mean the HCHS staff have been idle!

Through working from home and nights at the Society buildings, we have been able to dive into quite a bit of the Society's older collections. These collections were processed a long time before things like the "internet" came along! Entering the data into our online website makes them much more available to the public.

A case in point is Collection No. 17, the Slave Manumissions of Mercer and Hunterdon County. This is one of the Society's most precious collections; a collection of manuscripts that document the process of freeing slaves in Hunterdon County between 1805 and 1830. Documentary evidence of the lives of African American and other enslaved people from this time period is rare and historically valuable. The instruments of manumission themselves are historically important, but the value of these documents for genealogical and family history purposes are astronomical.

We decided to make this the first of our "legacy" collections to be not only entered into our online catalog but also to be digitized as much as possible. Every manumission in this collection was imaged and posted online for reader's viewing. In the files where no manumission was present, the certification of examination was imaged.

We hope that this collection proves useful to those who may not have had access to or knowledge of it before, and we hope to present more of our legacy collections online in the near future.

Click here to browse images from the collection: hunterdonhistory.pastperfectonline.com/archive/F5D04F14-C502-4FD0-998D-817171740270

The collection inventory may be found here: hunterdonhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Collection-17-Container-List-.pdf
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