Covering five centuries and the entire Western hemisphere, here we see strong selections of material on the Civil War, Judaica, as well as Mormonism and Utah. An impressive series of 12 different printings of the Declaration of Independence includes a pristine example of the important Force-Stone printing of 1833. Latin Americana features Inquisition decrees, cookbooks, and a manuscript map of Mexico City, 1779.
Two of the most important lots are archives relating to slavery and abolition. The Kanawha Saline salt works in West Virginia was a large-scale industry; offered here are four large boxes of their correspondence and business records from before the Civil War—much of it relating to the dozens of enslaved people who operated their furnaces and wagons. Booker T. Washington lived near the salt works after abolition, and his stepfather Washington Ferguson makes several appearances here, as do several members of the Burroughs family, which enslaved his mother, Jane. Another archive documents the Shugart family of Michigan, notable for their active role in the Underground Railroad, with an account book listing dozens of “passengers.” Also in the sale is a letter written from Liberia in 1866 by prominent African-American emigrant Henry Johnson.
Revolutionary War & After
Slavery, Abolitionism & Civil War
Exhibition Open September 21–26
The exhibition is free to attend and open to the public. We welcome special and educational groups with advance notice–send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.