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Overseer's Journal

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-1994-010

Scope and Contents

The journal lists slave names and amount of crops (including cotton, peas, corn) each picked. It also lists when and which enslaved persons were sick each day, how much money was obtained for a crop, home remedies for common illnesses, and the journey itinerary for a cargo ship.

Dates

  • 1853 - 1861

Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials. Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: http://bit.ly/scuareproduction. Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: http://bit.ly/scuapublication. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives (specref@vt.edu or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Historical Note

This journal was maintained from 1853-1861 by an unidentified overseer - possibly Erastus Bishop of Petersburg, Virginia.

Extent

0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

This collection includes a journal of an unidentified overseer, names of enslaved persons, and amount of crops each picked. Also lists when and which enslaved persons were sick each day, money obtained for a crop, home remedies for common illnesses, and the journey itinerary for a cargo ship.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Overseer's Journal by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Title
A Guide to the Overseer's Journal, 1853-1861
Status
Completed
Author
Laura Katz Smith
Date
2000 (CC0 1.0)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English

Revision Statements

  • 2020-09-22: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308