A Collection in
Collection Number Ms1994-010
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Collection is open to research
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Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Overseer's Journal, Ms1994-010, Special Collections, University Libraries, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.
This journal was maintained from 1853-1861 by an unidentified slave overseer - possibly Erastus Bishop of Petersburg, Virginia.
The journal lists slave names and amount of crops (including cotton, peas, corn) each picked. It also lists when and which slaves were sick each day, how much money was obtained for a crop, home remedies for common illnesses, and the journey itinerary for a cargo ship.