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John Winston Coleman Jr. collection on slavery in Kentucky, 1780-1940

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Finding aid prepared by Sara Abdmishani Price

Title

John Winston Coleman Jr. collection on slavery in Kentucky

Date

1780-1940

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Arrangement

Collection is arranged by format.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

46M53 : [identification of item], John Winston Coleman, Jr. collection on slavery in Kentucky, 1780-1940, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Extent

1.2 Cubic feet

3 boxes

Abstract

The John Winston Coleman, Jr. collection on slavery in Kentucky, 1780-1940 is comprised of manuscript materials (1780-1940) and photographs gathered by John Winston Coleman, Jr. (1898-1983) while conducting research for his book Slavery Times in Kentucky (1940).

Biography/History

Author and historian John Winston Coleman, Jr. (1898-1983) was born in Lexington, Kentucky on November 5, 1898. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with both a bachelor's and master's degree in mechanical engineering. Coleman served as president of the general contracting firm, Coleman and Davis, Inc. In the 1930s he became interested in Kentucky's history and published his first book, Masonry in the Bluegrass (1933). In 1936 Coleman retired to Winburn Farm located in Lexington, Kentucky to devote time to historic research and writing. He published dozens of books and pamphlets concerning Kentucky's history, including Stagecoach Days in the Bluegrass (1835), Slavery Times in Kentucky (1940), A Bibliography of Kentucky History (1940), Lexington During the Civil War (1968), and Historic Kentucky (1967). Coleman was a founding member of the Book Thieves Club whose members included Kentucky's Historian Laureate for Life Thomas D. Clark, Lincoln scholar William H. Townsend, Charles R. Staples, and Samuel M. Wilson. While researching his works Coleman collected historic manuscripts, books on Kentucky history, as well as photographs taken both by himself and others. Coleman died in Lexington, Kentucky on May 4, 1983.

Scope and Content

The John Winston Coleman, Jr. collection on slavery in Kentucky, 1780-1940 is comprised of manuscript materials (1780-1940) and photographs gathered by John Winston Coleman, Jr. (1898-1983) while conducting research for his book Slavery Times in Kentucky (1940). The manuscript materials include documents (both original and photocopies) and correspondence (mostly in the form of responses to query letters) regarding the day-to-day life of slaves, the economics of the slave trade, the Underground Railroad, and the abolition movement. Also present are broadsides and newspaper advertisements, typescripts, and galleys. Some of the original documents are bills of sale for slaves, certificates of freedom, indenture contracts, and legal petitions. Also present are a significant number of trial and litigation documents concerning slaves, slaveholders, and slave traders, especially Lewis C. Robards. The broadsides and advertisements advertise sales of slaves, rewards for runaway slaves, and solicitations for the purchase of slaves. Some textual materials were used as illustrations within the work. A bound volume contains Coleman’s notes from interviews he held with former Kentucky slaves (1939) and with Dr. Wilbur H. Siebert, the author of several books on the topics of slavery and the Underground Railroad.

The photographs include images collected during the research for Slavery Times in Kentucky (1940). Some images were used in the book as illustrations. Included are portraits of freed slaves, slave and slaveholder housing, images of houses used as Underground Railroad Way Stations, slave prisons, portraits of abolitionists and slavery proponents, broadsides and advertisements for slaves, images of hemp fields, Main Street of Lexington, Kentucky in the 1860s, and a deed of emancipation.

Subjects

  • Ashland (Lexington, Ky.)
  • Hutchinson Family (Singers)
  • Athens (Ky.)
  • Covington (Ky.)
  • Fayette County (Ky.)
  • Frankfort (Ky.)
  • Kentucky--History.
  • Knox County (Ky.)
  • Lexington (Ky.)
  • Mercer County (Ky.)
  • Ripley (Oh.)
  • Woodford County (Ky.)--History.
  • Alexander, Robert Spreul Crawford Aitcheson, 1819-1867
  • Birney, James Gillespie, 1792-185
  • Black, James Dixon, 1849-1938
  • Bodley, H. J.
  • Bolar, Joseph, 1852-1947
  • Breckinridge, Robert J., (Robert Jefferson), 1800-1871
  • Clay, Cassius Marcellus, 1810-1903
  • Clay, Henry, 1777-1852
  • Coleman, J. Winston, (John Winston), 1898-
  • Cousins, Jennie
  • Davis, Sanford
  • Dunn, Nathaniel
  • Elmore, Bell, 1867-1946
  • Fairbank, Calvin
  • Fishback, James, 1776-1845
  • Johnson, Eliza Jane
  • Kinkead, George Blackburn, 1849-1940
  • Lewis, Lilliburn
  • Lucas, Robert W.
  • Mahan, John B.
  • Marshall, George S.
  • Marshall, Silas
  • Norchutt, Joseph H.
  • Owlsey, William, 1782-1862
  • Rankin, John, 1793-1886
  • Robards, Lewis C., 1818-?
  • Rothier, Frank A. , 1853-1932
  • Shelby, Isaac, 1750-1826
  • Shelby, James, 1784-1848
  • Shelby, Mary Pindell, 1786-1836
  • Siebert, Wilbur Henry, 1866-1961
  • Stone, Edward
  • Stovall, Sonny, 1854-1941
  • Talbott, William F.
  • Underwood, Warner Lewis, 1808-1872
  • Webster, Delia
  • Wickliffe, Robert, 1775-1859
  • African Americans--Capture and imprisonment
  • African Americans--Colonization--Africa, West
  • Antislavery movements--United States--History--19th century
  • Antislavery movements--United States--Periodicals.
  • Broadsides--Kentucky--1850-1860--Sources
  • Broadsides--Sources
  • Caves
  • Freedmen--Colonization--Africa, West.
  • Fugitive slaves--United States.
  • Hemp industry workers--Kentucky
  • Hemp industry--Kentucky--History
  • Hemp industry--Kentucky.
  • Historians.
  • Historic buildings
  • Icehouses--Kentucky
  • Kitchens--Kentucky
  • Music title pages
  • Plantation owners--Kentucky
  • Plantations--Kentucky.
  • Postcards.
  • Proofs (Printing)
  • Slave traders--Kentucky--Sources.
  • Slave traders--Kentucky.
  • Slaveholders--Dwellings--Kentucky
  • Slaveholders--Kentucky
  • Slaveholders--Kentucky--Sources
  • Slavery
  • Slavery, abolition, and emancipation
  • Slavery--Economic aspects
  • Slavery--Kentucky--Public opinion.
  • Slavery--Kentucky--Sources
  • Slaves--Dwellings--Kentucky
  • Slaves--Emancipation--Kentucky
  • Slaves--Emancipation--Kentucky--Sources
  • Slaves--Kentucky--Biography
  • Slaves--Kentucky--Interviews
  • Slaves--Kentucky--Sources
  • Slaves--Kentucky.
  • Slaves--Legal status, laws, etc.--Kentucky
  • Slaves--Social conditions.
  • Slaves--Trials, litigations, etc.--Kentucky
  • Slaves.
  • Uncle Tom (Fictitious character)
  • Underground Railroad--Kentucky
  • Underground Railroad--Ohio.
  • Underground Railroad.

Collection Inventory

I. Papers, 1780-1940
Scope and Contents note:

Papers, 1780-1940 includes documents (both original and photocopies), correspondence (mostly in the form of responses to query letters), and notes gathered by Coleman during research for his work Slavery Times in Kentucky (1940). Also present are manuscript materials including the original manuscript and a galley for Slavery Times in Kentucky (1940). Some textual materials were used as illustrations within the work. A bound volume contains Coleman’s notes from interviews he held with former Kentucky slaves (1939) and with Dr. Wilbur H. Siebert, the author of several books on topics of slavery and the Underground Railroad.

i. Original documents, 1780-1860
Scope and Contents note:

Original documents, 1780-1860 consists of bills of sale for slaves, certificates of freedom, indentures, and petitions.

Legal documents, 1780-1850
[Box: 1, Folder: 1] Scope and Contents note:

Folder includes various legal documents such as a Land-Office Treasury Warrant (1780), a letter (1844) written by Kentucky State Auditor H.J. Bodley to Kentucky Governor William Owsley recommending the denial of a request for a pardon, and a petition (1850) signed by citizens of Athens, Kentucky expressing their irritation with slaves coming into Athens on Sundays.

Free papers and bills of sale, 1822-1860
[Box: 1, Folder: 2] Scope and Contents note:

Folder includes original bills of sales for slaves, indentures, deeds of emancipation, and free papers declaring individual slaves freed. Some documents are legal court documents.

Trials and suits, 1833-1855
[Box: 1, Folder: 3] Scope and Contents note:

Folder includes affidavits concerning failure to provide services for slaves, disputed sales of slaves, failure to pay debts owed on slaves, and correspondence between Lewis C. Robards and P. Robinson regarding a lawsuit.

ii. Query letters, 1936-1939
Scope and Contents note:

Query letters, 1936-1939 includes correspondence (largely responses to Coleman’s query letters) from professors, librarians, authors, and other specialists regarding conditions of life for slaves, the Underground Railroad and fugitive slaves, the slave trade, the emancipation and abolition of slaves, and trials and suits regarding slaves and the slave trade. Responses may be in the form of narratives or may provide information regarding the area of expertise of the letters’ addressee. Authors of letters include Frederic Bancroft, Kentucky governor James Black, Elmer Decker, E.E. Hughes, W.H. Lindo, Lutie Poage Martin, Otis Mather, Mary T. Moore, J.B. Paxton, John E. Richardson, Otto Arthur Rothert, Dr. Wilbur H. Siebert, A.G. Sulser, Beatrice Critser Williams.

Slave life and conditions, 1938-1939
[Box: 1, Folder: 4] Scope and Contents note:

Folder includes responses to query letters sent by J. Winston Coleman, Jr. requesting information regarding the lives, customs, and conditions of slaves. Some correspondence provides autobiographical narratives while some provides information regarding research conducted by the letters' addressees. Information regarding slave marriage and religion, slave cabins and quarters, the effects of cholera on slavery, lists of slaves who left to Liberia, a transcribed letter from Harriet Beecher Stowe regarding Uncle Tom's Cabin, and a letter from Kentucky's Governor James D. Black expressing his opinion of slavery in Kentucky are present.

Slave trade, 1936-1939
[Box: 1, Folder: 5] Scope and Contents note:

Folder includes responses to query letters sent by J. Winston Coleman, Jr. requesting information regarding views held on the slave trade, sending slaves "down the river", and Bowling Green, Kentucky's (1823-1839) establishment of the pattyrollers (night watch or patrol). Also present are personal narratives regarding conditions within the slave trade as well as excerpts from the diary of Warner Lewis Underwood (1808-1872), U.S. Representative of Kentucky.

Underground Railroad and fugitive slaves, 1938-1939
[Box: 1, Folder: 6] Scope and Contents note:

Folder includes responses to query letters sent by J. Winston Coleman, Jr. requesting information regarding fugitive slaves, slaves heading North and the significance of the North Star, locations of fugitive slave settlements, and important crossing and Underground Railroad way station locations for fugitive slaves. Also present are references to newspapers from the North such as "The Voice of the Fugitive" and responses from Dr. Wilbur H. Siebert discussing his works and knowledge of the Underground Railroad.

Abolition and emancipation, 1938
[Box: 1, Folder: 7] Scope and Contents note:

Folder includes responses to query letters sent by J. Winston Coleman, Jr. requesting information regarding conditions preceding and following emancipation and speeches and newspapers supporting abolition and emancipation. Some responses are in the form of narratives including a sketch of a Covington, Kentucky family, the Stephens. A transcribed letter from James G. Birney declaring the inconsistency of slavery with the Declaration of Independence and a transcribed conversation between James G. Birney and Henry Clay are present. A copy of an affidavit regarding Abraham Lincoln is also present.

Trials and suits, 1938-1939
[Box: 1, Folder: 8] Scope and Contents note:

Folder includes responses to query letters sent by J. Winston Coleman, Jr. regarding various suits and trials involving slaves and slave owners. Included are transcripts, wills, and court proceedings. Trial dates are 1812-1852. Documents pertaining to Lilliburn Lewis including his will and court summaries are present. Records regarding the murder of Edward Stone by slaves, a case filed for writ of habeas corpus on behalf of an African American woman, Eliza Jane Johnson, and records regarding the trial of John B. Mahan are included. An indictment against Harry Slaughter, a slave, for insurrection and conspiracy to commit murder and a case regarding Edward J. Doyle for inciting slaves to rebellion are also present. Correspondence between Coleman and W.H. Lindo regarding the trial and conviction of Thomas Brown and notes concerning the state of slavery in Knox County, Kentucky are included as well.

iii. Notes, 1784-1940
Scope and Contents note:

Notes, 1784-1940 includes notes and textual materials gathered by J. Winston Coleman, Jr. during the research of his work Slavery Times in Kentucky (1940). Such textual materials include transcribed letters regarding slave life, letters written by freed slaves in Liberia, song lyrics, wills regarding emancipation of slaves, transcribed interviews regarding the treatment of slaves during the slave trade, and notes and records concerning the cost effectiveness of slavery and Kentucky’s hemp industry. Also included are notes and gathered information regarding court suits, trials, and proceedings of slave traders and abolitionists. Broadsides and newspaper advertisements advertising slave sales, runaway slaves, and the emancipation of slaves are also present. Other published materials include a copy of Cassius M. Clay’s antislavery newspaper, the “True American” and a bill concerning the emancipation of slaves.

Slave life and conditions, 1819-1940
[Box: 1, Folder: 9] Scope and Contents note:

Folder includes letters and interviews regarding slave lives and conditions. Some letters are from freed slaves who returned to Liberia informing previous owners of their lives in Liberia. Also present are lyrics to slave songs, accounts of anticipated slave revolts, views on the treatment of slaves in Kentucky, narratives of conditions and treatment of mulattos by slaveholders, and transcribed correspondence between Cassius M. Clay and the citizens of Lexington, Kentucky regarding the "True American" newspaper. A will belonging to James Fishback providing instructions for the emancipation of his slaves and a letter (1848) to Mrs. Fishback from one of the liberated slaves is also included.

Slave trade, 1784-1939
[Box: 1, Folder: 10] Scope and Contents note:

Folder includes interviews and notes regarding the slave trade in Kentucky. Includes a transcribed interview with Judge George B. Kinkead regarding the sale of two female slaves and several other notes concerning the treatment of slaves during slave trades, the transport of slaves as coffle gangs, and the methods used to make slaves appear more marketable. A list of slave traders, a transcribed letter from Daniel Boone revealing his ownership and trade of slaves, and articles and notes regarding pattyrollers are also present.

Economic aspects of slavery, 1830-1938
[Box: 1, Folder: 11] Scope and Contents note:

Folder includes notes and records regarding the economic side of slavery. Included are lists of slave values and expenses associated with slaves. Also present are opinions regarding the cost effectiveness of slaves and correspondence written by an individual from the Boston Globe discussing the hemp manufacturing economy of Lexington, Kentucky.

Trials and suits, 1822-1858
[Box: 1, Folder: 12] Scope and Contents note:

Folder includes notes and gathered information regarding court suits, trials, and legal proceedings of slave traders. Much of the material is concerned with the dishonest sales of slaves, especially by Lewis C. Robards and Alfred O. Robards. A transcribed deed giving Lewis C. Robards and Alfred O. Robards power of attorney in the matter of slave sales for Joseph H. Northcutt and Robert W. Lucas is included (see Item 70). Court proceedings for the indictment of slaves for murder and an article from the "Ohio Coon Catcher."

Broadsides and publications, 1836-1862
[Box: 1, Folder: 13] Scope and Contents note:

Folder includes broadsides and newspaper advertisements advertising for runaway slaves, the sale of slaves, announcements for public meetings, and advertisements for wanted slaves. Also present is a broadside discussing the use of confederate currency, an issue of the "True American", Cassius Clay's antislavery newspaper, and a bill concerning the emancipation of slaves.

ix. Manuscript materials, 1939-1940
Scope and Contents note:

Manuscript materials,1939-1940 includes materials created and produced through the research, writing, and printing process of J. Winston Coleman, Jr.’s Slavery Times in Kentucky (1940). Included are note cards, a manuscript, half-tone illustrations, and the dust jackets and advertising leaflets used in the promotion of the work.

Letters and lists, 1940
[Box: 1, Folder: 14] Scope and Contents note:

Folder includes correspondence regarding editing of the manuscript, lists of references, and a list of proposed illustrations and photos for J. Winston Coleman, Jr.'s work "Slavery Times in Kentucky" (1940).

Notes and labels, 1940
[Box: 1, Folder: 15] Scope and Contents note:

Folder includes notes and labels used by J. Winston Coleman, Jr. as he wrote his work "Slavery Times in Kentucky" (1940).

Manuscript, 1940
[Box: 2, Folder: 16] Scope and Contents note:

Folder includes J. Winston Coleman, Jr.'s manuscript of his work "Slavery Times in Kentucky" (1940).

Half-tone illustrations, 1940
[Box: 2, Folder: 17] Scope and Contents note:

Folder includes half-tone illustrations used in J. Winston Coleman, Jr.'s work "Slavery Times in Kentucky" (1940).

Dust jackets and advertising leaflets, 1940
[Box: 2, Folder: 18] Scope and Contents note:

Folder includes dust jackets and advertising leaflets for the original 1940 printing of J. Winston Coleman, Jr.'s "Slavery Times in Kentucky."

Slave Interviews, Notes and Data on Kentucky Slavery, 28 March 1939
[Box: 2, Folder: 19] Scope and Contents note:

Folder includes J. Winston Coleman, Jr.'s bound notes from interviews he held with former Kentucky slaves and with Dr. Wilbur H. Siebert, the author of several books on slavery and the underground railroad.

Galley, 1940
[Box: 2, Folder: 20] Scope and Contents note:

Folder includes the galley produced for J. Winston Coleman, Jr.'s "Slavery Times in Kentucky" (1940).

II. Photographs, 1838-1940
Scope and Contents note:

Photographs, 1838-1940 includes images collected during the research for Slavery Times in Kentucky (1940). Some images are found throughout the work as illustrations. Included are portraits of freed slaves, slave and slaveholder housing, images of houses used as Underground Railroad Way Stations, slave prisons, portraits of abolitionists and slavery proponents, broadsides and advertisements for slaves, images of hemp fields, Main Street of Lexington, Kentucky in the 1860s, and a deed of emancipation.

Freed slave portraits
Jennie Cousins; written on back: "Aunt Jennie Cousins \\ My mother's first [illegible] as she appeared many years afterward \\ J.B.C.", undated
Albumen cabinet card [Box: 3, Item: 1] browse
Bell Elmore; written on back: "Aunt Bell Elmore of Coletown, Fayette County.", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 2] browse
Bell Elmore; written on back: "Aunt Bell Elmore of Coletown, Fayette County. Belonged to Geo Park of Madison Co. Grandfather of Cam Atty James Park \\ Her mother cooked for white folks an Aunt Bell waited on Miss Patsy (Park) served biscuits kept hot in a Flictor. \\ Her father belonged to Newmans on Marbel Creek Fayette County and he rode to Richmond horseback every week or two.", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 3] browse
Unidentified African American female, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 4] browse
Old Black Joe Jr., former slave at Federal Hill of Bardstown, Kentucky known today as My Old Kentucky Home; written on back: "'Old Black Joe Jr.' // Rear of 'Old Ky. House'- // Bardstown Ky- // Aug-22-1931-", 22 August 1931
[Box: 3, Item: 5] browse
Old Black Joe Jr., former slave at Federal Hill of Bardstown, Kentucky known today as My Old Kentucky Home; written on back: "'Old Black Joe Jr.' // Rear of 'Old Ky. House'- // Bardstown Ky- // Aug-22-1931-", 22 August 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 6] browse
Unidentified African American couple form Mercer County, Kentucky; used as illustration facing page 51 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky" with caption: "OLD SLAVE COUPLE, MERCER COUNTY", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 7] browse
Joseph "Joe" Bolar born of Wilmore, Kentucky; summary of information written on back of picture: House slave of Squire John Parker who owned a mill. Freed by Patsy Parker, John Parker's granddaughter, and chose to stay as help for monthly pay. Stated that John Parker was a good owner who allowed marriages, gave gifts, and had an African American preacher. Was aware of Underground Railroad, but did not know the name of it, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 8] browse
Sonny Stovall of Keene, Kentucky; summary of information written on back: Believes he was born in 1851 and belonged to Hettie Hampton. After being freed, moved with parents until fighting in the Indian Wars in 1872 in Texas and New Mexico. Was set free by General Fry at Camp Nekow, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 9] browse
Slave quarters
One story slave cabin; used as illustration facing page 50 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky" with caption: "OLD SLAVE CABINS AS THEY LOOK TODAY", 17 September 1939
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 10] browse
One story slave cabin; used as illustration facing page 50 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky" with caption: "OLD SLAVE CABINS AS THEY LOOK TODAY", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 11] browse
One story slave cabin; same cabin pictured in item 11, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 12] browse
One story slave cabin; same cabin pictured in item 11, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 13] browse
One story slave cabin; same cabin pictured in item 11, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 14] browse
One story slave cabin; same cabin pictured in item 11, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 15] browse
One story slave cabin; same cabin pictured in item 11, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 16] browse
One story slave cabin; used as illustration facing page 50 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky" with caption: "OLD SLAVE CABINS AS THEY LOOK TODAY", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 17] browse
One story slave cabin; same cabin pictured in item 17, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 18] browse
One story slave cabin, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 19] browse
One story slave cabin; same cabin pictured in item 19, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 20] browse
One story slave cabin; same cabin pictured in item 19, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 21] browse
One story slave cabin; same cabin pictured in item 19, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 22] browse
One story out house; written on back: "Stone out house \\ at \\ Buena Vista - [illegible] \\ home of Robert S. Todd", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 23] browse
One story slave cabin; written on back: "Old slave quarters in rear yeard of \\ 'White Hall' \\ M. Clay's Home. \\ near Richmond, Ky", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 24] browse
One story slave cabin, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 25] browse
One story slave cabin and grave yard on Kentucky Governor Isaac Shelby's property; written on back "Grave yard and slave Cabin at old Governor Shelby's Place on Richmond Road 8 miles from Lexington. Stones in yard show \\ In Memory, Mary Pindell Shelby departed this life July 26, 1836 in her 50th year. \\ In memory Genl James Shelby \\ Born Jan 15, 1784 Died Aug 15, 1848", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 26] browse
One story slave cabin and grave yard on Kentucky Governor Isaac Shelby's property; written on back: "Slave cabin at governor Shelby's place on Richmond road, 8 miles from Lexington", 1939
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 27] browse
One story slave cabin; written on back: "Slave cabin on Porter Land Place 1939", 1 January 1939
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 28] browse
One story slave cabin; written on back: "Cabin on Schuhart Place formerly Old Cassell home on Ash Grove Pike 1/2 mile off Nicholasville Pike", 11 January 1939
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 29] browse
Two story, four room slave cabin; written on back: "4 room cabin on J. Means Robb Place 6 miles Nicholasville Pike from Lex.", 11 January 1939
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 30] browse
Slave prisons
Slave handcuffs and leg irons; used as illustration facing page 242 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky" with caption: "SLAVE HANDCUFFS AND LEG IRONS", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 31] browse
Slave pen during the war; written on back: "Slave pen during war time. \\ in Ky"; used as illustration facing page 243 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky" with caption: "A SLAVE PEN DURING WARTIME", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 32] browse
Slave jail owned by Lewis C. Robards; written on back: "Robards slave jail \\ formerly on W. Short St."; used as illustration facing page 162 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky" with caption: "WHERE ROBARDS KEPT HIS 'CHOICE STOCK OF SLAVES'", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 33] browse
Unidentified brick building, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 34] browse
Unidentified brick building; same building pictured in item 34, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 35] browse
Locked doorway to unidentified brick building; same building pictured in item 34, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 36] browse
Underground Railroad way stations
The Rankin House located in Ripley, Ohio on Liberty Hill which overlooks the Ohio River. Owned by Reverend John Rankin and used as a way station for the Underground Railroad; written on back: "Rankin house, Ripley, Ohio"; used as illustration facing page 226 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky" with caption: "STATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 37] browse
J. Winston Coleman, Jr. standing in front of the Rankin House located in Ripley, Ohio on Liberty Hill which overlooks the Ohio River. Owned by Reverend John Rankin and used as a way station for the Underground Railroad; written on back: "Rankin house, Ripley, Ohio. Slavery times in Kentucky. Opposite p. 226"; same house pictured in item 37, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 38] browse
The Rothier House in Covington, Kentucky used as a way station for the Underground Railroad; used as illustration facing page 226 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky" with caption: "STATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 39] browse
The Rothier House in Covington, Kentucky used as a way station for the Underground Railroad; written on back: "Rothier house, Covington, Kentucky. Slavery time in Kentucky opp. p. 226"; same house picture in item 39, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 40] browse
The Rothier House in Covington, Kentucky used as a way station for the Underground Railroad; same house picture in item 39, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 41] browse
The secret tunnel leading from the cellar to the river in the Rothier House in Covington, Kentucky used as a way station for the Underground Railroad; written on back: "Covington, Ky \\ Rothier House \\ illus. in ok"; same house pictured in item 39, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 42] browse
Wealthy planter houses
Slave owner house; used as illustration facing page 18 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky" with caption: "FOLKS IN THE BIG HOUSE", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 43] browse
The Grange in Bourbon County, Kentucky the home of slave trader Edward Stone; written on back: "The Grange, Bourbon County. Early home of Edw. Stone, a slave trader who lost his life while taking a gang to Mississippi. This is about 4 miles n of Paris, on the Lex-Maysville pike."; used as illustration facing page 19 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky" with caption: "HOMES OF WELL-TO-DO PLANTERS", 1940
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 44] browse
Lynnwood of Mercer County, the home of a wealthy planter; written on back: "Lynnwood, Mercer county. Slavery times in Kentucky opp. p. 19": used as illustration facing page 19 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky" with caption: "HOMES OF WELL-TO-DO PLANTERS", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 45] browse
Lynnwood of Mercer County, Kentucky, the home of a wealthy planter; written on back: "Lynnwood, Mercer county. Slavery times in Kentucky opp. p. 19": same house pictured in item 45, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 46] browse
Scotland, the home of a weatlthly planter, on Locust Hill Farm in Frankfort, Kentucky; written on back: "Scotland, Franklin Co."; used as illustration facing page 19 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky" with caption: "HOMES OF WELL-TO-DO PLANTERS", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 47] browse
Black Hills, the home of a wealthy planter; written on back: "Black Hills -\\ Lucas B. Combs' residence"; used as illustration facing page 19 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky" with caption: "HOMES OF WELL-TO-DO PLANTERS", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 48] browse
Home of a wealthy planter, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 49] browse
Home of a wealthy planter, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 50] browse
Woodburn Farm of Woodford County, Kentucky, owned by Robert Alexander who began Kentucky's thoroughbred industry ; written on front: "Woodburn-Woodford County, Ky \\ Alexander Place", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 51] browse
Detached kitchen, Woodford County, Kentucky; written on back: "Detached kitchen - [illegible] Farm - Woodford county"; used as illustration facing page 66 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky" with caption: "DETACHED KITCHEN, WOODFORD COUNTY", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 52] browse
Two icehouses at Ashland, Henry Clay's house; written on back: Icehouses at 'Ashland' - Henry Clay House 1939 [illegible]", 1939
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 53] browse
Portraits
Scope and Contents note:

Includes portraits of anti-slavery and pro-slavery proponents.

Robert J. Breckinridge; used as illustration facing page 290 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 54] browse
Cassius Marcellus Clay, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 55] browse
Robert Wickliffe; used as illustration facing page 290 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 56] browse
Downtown Main Street Lexington, Kentucky, 1860s
Pre-civil war Main Street in Lexington, Kentucky; written on back: "Phoenix Hotel far right \\ [illegible] 'rear' \\ In 1870s [illegible] Ph. Hotel \\ burned May 14, 1879"; used as illustration facing page 115 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky" with caption: "MAIN STREET, ANTE-BELLUM LEXINGTON", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 57] browse
Pre-civil war Main Street in Lexington, Kentucky; written on back: "Main Street in ante-bellum Lexington", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 58] browse
Hemp fields
Unknown African American male with a hand brake in a field of hemp stalk stacks at at a Castleton Farm, Lexington, Kentucky; used as illustration facing page 35 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky" with caption: "OLD SLAVE WITH HAND HEMP-BRAKE", 1940
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 59] browse
Unknown African American male (same man pictured in item 58) breaking hemp on hand brakes in a field of hemp stalk stacks, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 60] browse
Unknown African American male breaking hemp on hand brakes in a field of hemp stalk stacks, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 61] browse
Unknown African American male breaking hemp on hand brakes in a field of hemp stalk stacks, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 62] browse
Unknown African American male breaking hemp on hand brakes in a field of hemp stalk stacks, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 63] browse
Stacks of hemp stalks in a hemp field, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 64] browse
Stacks of hemp stalks in a hemp field, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 65] browse
Stacks of hemp stalks in a hemp field, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 66] browse
Slave advertisements and broadsides
Reproduction of a broadside printed on January 10, 1855 advertising the "Great Sale of Slaves" at Cheapside Slave Market in Lexington, Kentucky by John Carter of Carter Plantation at Quick's Run, Lewis County, Kentucky, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 67] browse
Reproduction of an advertisement for the purchase of slaves printed on July 2, 1853 advertising "$1200 TO 1250 DOLLARS! FOR NEGROES!!" by William F. Talbott of Lexington, Kentucky. Illustration on corner of advertisement used as cover illustration on Winston Coleman, Jr.'s "Slavery Times in Kentucky", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 68] browse
Reproduction of an advertisement printed in 1859 for the purchase of slaves by R.W. Lucas of Lexington, Kentucky advertising "A LARGE NUMBER OF NEGROES WANTED! The undersigned wishes to purchase throughout the year, a large number of SOUND AND HEALTH Negroes OF BOTH SEXES"; used as illustration facing page 227 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky" with caption: "LEXINGTON SLAVE DEALERS' ADVERTISEMENTS, 1859", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 69] browse
Reproduction of an advertisement printed in 1859 advertising a notice of termination of the business relationship between Joseph H. Northcutt and Lewis C. Robards and Alfred O. Robards and an advertisement for "Negroes Wanted" by Joseph H. Northcutt, Silas Marshall, and George S. Marshall of Lexington, Kentucky. Also reprinted is item 69. Both reproductions used as illustrations facing page 227 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky" with caption: "LEXINGTON SLAVE DEALERS' ADVERTISEMENTS, 1859", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 70] browse
Reproduction of advertisements for the purchase of slaves by slaver dealers William F. Talbott and Lewis C. Robards, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 71] browse
Reproduction of advertisements for the purchase of slaves by slaver dealers Silas Marshall, George S. Marshall, and Joseph H. Northcutt, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 72] browse
Reproduction of an advertisement by Sanford Davis offering a reward for a runaway slave named Charles and a reproduction of an advertisement for the purchase of slaves by William F. Talbott, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 73] browse
Reproduction of an advertisement offering a 150 dollar reward for a runaway slave named Tom, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 74] browse
Deed of emancipation
Reproduction of a deed of emancipation filed in the Jessamine County Court of Kentucky freeing Perry, a slave owned by Nathaniel Dunn, 1838
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 80] browse
Published illustrations
Scope and Contents note:

Includes previously published materials such as postcards and cover illustrations for music.

A postcard picturing Uncle Tom and his cabin; caption on postcard: "UNCLE TOM AND UNCLE TOMS CABIN", 1938
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 75] browse
A postcard illustrating Edward Stone leading a coffle gang with fiddlers playing in front; caption on postcard: "THE COFFLE GANG"; used as illustration facing page 146 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky" with caption: "EDWARD STONE'S COFFLE GANG", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 76] browse
A postcard illustrating a sale of slaves; caption on postcard: "SOLD TO GO SOUTH."; used as illustration facing page 178 in Coleman's "Slavery times in Kentucky" with caption: "SOLD TO GO SOUTH", undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 3, Item: 77] browse
The cover illustration for the song "Get off the track!" sung by the singing and touring anti-slavery Hutchinson family of Milford, New Hampshire, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 78] browse
A plate picturing Russell Cave in Fayette County, Kentucky from the Art Work of the Blue Grass Region of Kentucky, 1898 collection, 1898
Photogravure [Box: 3, Item: 79] browse

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