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Willis, Anthony, Certificate of Freedom from the City and County of New York, 1811 April 26-27

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of a certificate of freedom for Anthony Willis, an African American man living in New York City in the early 19th century. The certificate describes Willis as "a black man… about the age of twenty eight years, and was born at Suffolk County in the State of New York… about five feet six inches, has dark eyes and black hair." In this document, Peter Connor testifies that he has known Willis for two years, and that during that time Willis "hath been reputed and considered to be free, and hath continually acted as a free man during the said time, and that the said Anthony was born free." This statement is certified by judge and alderman Charles Dickinson.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator or by the date of acquisition.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Purchased from Swann Auction Galleries (Sale 2562, Lot 22) in 2021 (AM 2022-013).

Appraisal

No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lisa Yankowitz during the summer and fall of 2010 . The finding aid was written by Lisa Yankowitz in January 2011 and was regularly updated with new acquisitions by Faith Charlton, Kelly Bolding, Armando Suárez, Amy C. Vo, Kalliopi Balatsouka, and Lauren Williams.

Collection-level notes were revised by Faith Charlton in 2024 to more accurately describe the nature of this collection.

No additions will be made to this collection. Single item acquisitions will be added to Princeton University Library Single Item Acquisitions (C0140.1).

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Willis, Anthony, Certificate of Freedom from the City and County of New York; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (mss): Box B-001675

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