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Enslavement and Sharecropping Materials

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Enslavement and Sharecropping Materials combines manuscript collections held at FSU into a single digital collection to provide online access to materials documenting experiences around enslavement and sharecropping farming in Florida. Due to FSU's archival collecting policies historically, these documents predominantly share the experience of the white enslaver or landlord.

See each individual object for information about the many manuscript collections represented here.

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1819 Bill of Sale
1819 Bill of Sale
A manuscript bill of sale for an enslaved person in Monticello, Florida.
Account Sheet
Account Sheet
Record of different enslaved people with prices dating 1870. This could be documenting past assets, estates, or taxes potentially.
Articles of Agreement
Articles of Agreement
Scope and Contents: Three manuscript pages of two sharecropping contracts signed by the Winthrops and the contracted individuals with an X over their names. These contracts contain the terms of the annual rent for land near Tallahassee, Florida, such as acreage to be farmed, payment, and type of crop.
Barrow Hill Map
Barrow Hill Map
Map of the Winthrop Barrow Hill Plantation, Item is encapsulated in plastic from which it cannot be safely removed so the digital image has some light reflection.
Battle of Natural Bridge
Battle of Natural Bridge
Susan B. Eppes writes of Confederate Florida's participation in the Battle of Natural Bridge during 1865.
Betton Hills Map
Betton Hills Map
Sketched map presumably of the Betton Hills plantation with meridian road and section numbers as a reference.
Bill of Sale
Bill of Sale
Manuscript documenting the sale of an enslaved woman, Jane, aged 25, her 3 year old and 7 month old children to F.A. Byrd for $1,050 in Tallahassee, Florida.
Blue plantation account book
Blue plantation account book
This financial ledger describes the costs of items needed for the Blue plantation. Includes the names and prices of enslaved people.
Collections other than Cash
Collections other than Cash
Ledger for payments in kind from May Williams, Noble Roberts, William Denmark, Luke Ammons, Henry Merrit, Wylie Hawkins, Charles Fottman, and Henderson Lawrence for cotton, coin, or hay paying rent. Some of these names appear throughout the collection. Much mention of tenant houses and tenants in the collection. Racial slurs used throughout. Thomas Bond and Lloyd involved with African Methodist church financially in Lloyd from insurance to potential foreclosure.
Correspondence pertaining to sharecropper rent
Correspondence pertaining to sharecropper rent
Letter about John Leonard's labor.
Correspondence pertaining to sharecropper rent
Correspondence pertaining to sharecropper rent
Reports on sharecrop for Jas Friorson and dividing assets between the two.
Cotton Production Statements
Cotton Production Statements
Record documenting cotton production for various gangs which refers to a labor group of enslaved people.
Cotton Production Statements
Cotton Production Statements
Record documenting cotton production for several labor gangs
Cotton Production Statements
Cotton Production Statements
Record documenting cotton production for several labor gangs.
Day Book and Store Account
Day Book and Store Account
Book detailing evidence of the selling of cotton seeds and potentially accepting cotton as payment.
Estate Division of Slaves
Estate Division of Slaves
Division of Robert K. Shaw's estate probate in Gadsden County, Florida. Valued the total 47 enslaved people at $29,275. Split into 3 lots "as nearly as could be done without separating families..." Names and ages of enslaved people included in document. Valuation done at group level.
Hint for the Consideration of White Men
Hint for the Consideration of White Men
Short manifesto on racial ideology during the Civil War era.
Jefferson County Florida or The Monticello Section
Jefferson County Florida or The Monticello Section
Summary: This essay was written by a student as a class assignment.
John Hollingsworth's Will
John Hollingsworth's Will
Typed transcription of the original manuscript will of John Hollingsworth. This will contains the names of enslaved people and their children and outlines how to divide enslaved people amongst inheritors along with financial valuations.

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