Creator: Whitaker, William Asbury, 1883-1960.
Collection number: 3433
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Abstract:William A. Whitaker was a chemist; business executive; and collector of art, autographs, literary and historical manuscripts, and rare books. The collection consists of manuscripts collected by Willaim A. Whitaker. Among them are materials pertaining to British and Spanish colonial America; the Revolutionary War, including correspondence of General Nathanael Greene; slavery, including certificates of freedom and slave bills of sale; the Civil War; English literature, including correspondence by George Cruikshank, Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackery, and others; and other items, including correspondence of Henry Clay. Also included are Whitaker’s personal correspondence, 1904-1957; his diaries, 1952-1956; and records of his collecting activities.
Repository: Southern Historical Collection
Collection Highlights: Includes eleven certificates identifying certain blacks as “Free Men” in New York City (1811, 1814), several bills of sale for slaves, inventory lists, and as well as a list of slaves furnished for the Confederacy in South Carolina (Dec 1864). See Folder 5.