Contents and Arrangement

Cuba: Documents Related to Slavery, 1854, 1864, 1868, 1885

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Contains various documents related to slavery in Cuba. 1) Census of enslaved persons in Cuba (by region and town) in 1854. 2) Procedures for holding and documenting trade of enslaved people in Santiago de Cuba, 1864. 3) List of enslaved persons on a plantation in Guanabacoa, Cuba, who contracted cholera in 1868. The document lists 42 enslaved persons that contracted the disease in July and the beginning of August in 1868. 4) Documents relating to an 1885 legal claim by José Belen (a 36 year-old enslaved man) for his manumission in Guanabacoa, Cuba.

The documents include the descriptions provided by the bookseller, which contain problematic and harmful language.


Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator, with unattributed materials at the end.

Collection History


Purchased from McBride Rare Books in 2021 (AM 2021-071).


The collection is open and will continue to grow.


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 is regularly updated with new acquisitions by Faith Charlton, Kelly Bolding, and Armando Suárez.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Cuba: Documents Related to Slavery; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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Existence and Location of Copies

Parts of this collection are available on microfilm, cataloged separately as RCPXM-7497696.

Enslaved persons
Slavery--Cuba--History--19th century--Sources.