Contents and Arrangement

Joseph Fields Certificate of Status, City of New York, 1814 April 28

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Certificate from the City and County of New York attesting that Joseph Fields, a twenty-seven-year-old man described as "mulatto," was "born free" in Belleville, New Jersey, and resides in the Fifth Ward of New York City. Also signed by T. R. Smith, Alderman.

Collection History


No material was removed from the collection during 2020 processing.

Processing Information

A previous catalog record and inventory were updated and converted into a finding aid by Kelly Bolding in September 2020. At this time, descriptions were enhanced to improve the description of enslaved people. Item numbers correspond to a scheme specific to the Scheide Library; materials with no item numbers listed in this finding aid are those that did not have existing item numbers at the time of 2020 descriptive work.

Finding aid updated by Faith Charlton in 2023 to correct information regarding the collection creator.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Joseph Fields Certificate of Status, City of New York; John H. Scheide Collection on Slavery in North America, SL001, Rare Book Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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