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     MANUSCRIPTS and ARCHIVAL MATERIAL

Box BW 30

 Container

Contains 8 Collections and/or Records:

Fallschirmjager [paratroopers] photograph album

 Collection — Box: BW 30, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 16579
Content Description Comprises a photographic record of Wehrmacht Gebirgsjagerregiment (German Army Mountain Troops) and Luftwaffe Fallschirmjager training in and around the Berchtesgaden and Obersalzburg area in Bavaria prior to the second World War.
Dates: 1930s

Bill of sale of Jean Baptiste

 Collection — Box: BW 30, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS-16481
Content Description This collection contains the 1798 bill of sale for an eight year old Creole boy named Jean Baptiste from Port-au-Prince on the Caribbean island of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti). It was written by the Bordeaux-born merchant Arnaud André Robertjot Lartigue (1740-1826) to a " Monsieur Grandidier". It is a single sheet of paper consisting of eleven lines of french detailing the transaction of enslavement including the name and age of the boy and the price of sale of a hundred livre.
Dates: 1798-03-03

J.A. Pendleton affidavit regarding surety on James Flemming

 Collection — Box: BW 30, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 16504
Content Description This collection contains an affidavit written by Albemarle County, VA Justice of the Peace, J.A. Pendelton summarizing a complaint against a James Flemming, a Black man, by F.E Johnson and asking that a surety be placed on Flemming. Sureties, noted by the historian Nancy O'Brien Wagner, were another way of perpetuating enslavement in the Jim Crow South after the end of the Civil War. She writes in "Slavery by Another Name History-Background," "In many...
Dates: December 7, 1866

Sons of Staunton African American Fraternal Lodge minutes book

 Collection — Box: BW 30, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 16522
Content Description Manuscript minutes book of the Sons of Staunton African American Fraternal Lodge in Staunton, Virginia. Containing 154 pages of manuscript in pencil, dated 1914-1919. The Sons of Staunton Lodge no.1833 Grand United Order of Odd Fellow, an African American masonic lodge based in Staunton, Virginia. Each entry lists the officers present, the amount of dues paid, and any other business attended to during the meetings. Also included is a 1927 letter on letterhead of the King Harem Lodge, a sister...
Dates: 1914-1919; 1927; 1948; 1948; 1927

Hair jewelry instructions

 Collection — Box: BW 30, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 16529

Dan Rupp letter to John J. Rupp

 Collection — Box: BW 30, Folder: 1 [X032669088]
Identifier: MSS 16524
Content Description Dan Rupp autograph letter on Hotel Vonderbank stationery signed December 11,1889 from New Orleans, Louisiana to his parents (John J. Rupp) in New York City, describing the funeral of Jefferson Davis. He mentions an African American band leading Confederate veterans. He describes Jefferson Davis as a rebel and a man without a country. He also describes the funeral as lacking in comparison to General Grant's funeral.
Dates: 1889 December 11

Bettie A. Ford friendship album

 Collection — Box: BW 30, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 16578
Content Description This collection contains a "The Forget Me Not Album" belonging to Bettie A. Ford, of Lynchburg, Virginia. The album contains a mix of hand-written sentiments, poems, and remembrances written to Ford. The entries are mostly signed by initial or first name and many are dated. A few of the entries have annotations with additional information about the creator. In addition to these entries, there appear to be journal type jottings, possibly written by Ford. Also included are printed poems,...
Dates: c.1857-1898

Esther Lightner Matson and Frank A. Matson autograph albums

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 16486
Content Description This collection contains two similarly designed autograph albums belonging to Esther Lightner Matson and her husband Frank A. Matson. The albums contain inscriptions to Esther Lightner Matson from fellow students and teachers at the Santee Normal School and to Frank A. Matson from the Genoa Indian School, both Native American Residential schools in Nebraska and taught by Quakers in the 1880’s. The albums look like typical nineteenth century autograph albums except for the page(s) that are...
Dates: 1880 - 1899