A Guide to the Lunenburg County (Va.) Freedmen's Contracts, 1865-1866 Lunenburg County (Va.) Freedmen's Contracts, 1865-1866 1202860-1202861

A Guide to the Lunenburg County (Va.) Freedmen's Contracts, 1865-1866

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Barcode Numbers 1202860-1202861


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Repository
The Library of Virginia
Barcode Numbers
1202860-1202861
Title
Lunenburg County (Va.) Freedmen's Contracts
Physical Characteristics
.90 cu. ft. (2 boxes)
Collector
Lunenburg County (Va.) Circuit Court
Location
Library of Virginia
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions

Preferred Citation

Lunenburg County (Va.) Freedmen's Contracts, 1865-1866. Local government records collection, Lunenburg County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

Acquisition Information

These items came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from Lunenburg County (Va.) Circuit Court.


Historical Information

Lunenburg County was named for George II, duke of Brunswick-Luneburg, a German possession of the Hanoverian kings of England. It was formed from Brunswick County in 1745.

The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands was a federal agency created by the Freedmen's Bureau Bill, passed on March 3, 1865. Also known as the "Freedmen's Bureau", this agency was responsible for aiding refugees of the Civil War, especially former slaves, in the areas of education, employment and health care. Meant to last for only one year after the war, the bureau was operational from June 1865 to December 1868.

Scope and Content

The Lunenburg County (Va.) Freedmen's Contracts, 1865-1866, consist of employment contracts between formerly enslaved African Americans and their employers. Contracts usually specify the dates of the expected employment, the occupation of the employee, expected wages and housing arrangements and any rent that is to be paid to the employer.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically

Related Material

Additional Lunenburg County Court Records can be found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm"


Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

  • Lunenburg County (Va.) Circuit Court
  • Subjects:

  • African Americans -- Employment -- Virginia -- Lunenburg County -- 19th Century
  • African Americans -- History
  • Children of Freedmen -- Virginia -- Lunenburg County
  • Freedmen -- United States
  • Geographical Names:

  • Lunenburg County -- History -- 19th Century
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Contracts -- Virginia -- Lunenburg County
  • Local government records -- Virginia -- Lunenburg County
  • Added Entry - Corporate Name:

  • United States Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Lunenburg County -- History -- 19th Century