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The Papers of Lewis Tappan


Title:  The Papers of Lewis Tappan

Location:  Jerome Library Main Microforms; film E 449 .T18 A3x

Format and Number of Reels/Fiche/Cards:  Microfilm; 7 reels

Publisher:  Library of Congress

Content Description:  Reproductions of papers of Lewis Tappan (1788-1873), who was a merchant and abolitionist. He published the Journal of Commerce in New York City and was a founder of the New York Anti-Slavery Society, the American Anti-Slavery Society, and the American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society. He was a member of the committee which tried to free the slaves on the Amistad. The papers include correspondence, letterbooks, journals, notebooks, clippings, photocopies, notes, etc. Although his business dealings are included, the bulk of the papers are devoted to his work to abolish slavery. Some of the people with whom he corresponded were John Quincy Adams, Frederick Douglass, and William Lloyd Garrison.

Language(s):  English

Arrangement:  By series based on physical type: Reels 1 & 2) Journals and Notebooks 1814-1869; Reels 3 - 6) Correspondence; Reel 7) Miscellany, including information about the Amistad case

Index/Bibliography:  At the beginning of each reel is a finding aid that lists the materials included on that reel.

Subject Categories:  History; Multicultural Studies

Keywords:  tappan, lewis tappan, slavery, abolition, antislavery, amistad, abolitionist

Time Period:  19th century