A Guide to the Overseer's Journal, 1853-1861 Overseer's Journal, 1853-1861 Ms1994-101

A Guide to the Overseer's Journal, 1853-1861

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1994-010


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection number
Ms1994-010
Title
Overseer's Journal, 1853-1861
Physical Characteristics
1 folder, 0.1 cubic feet
Language
English
Abstract
Journal of an unidentified slave overseer listing slave names and amount of crops each picked. Also lists when and which slaves were sick each day, money obtained for a crop, home remedies for common illnesses, and the journey itinerary for a cargo ship.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open to research

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

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.


Historical Information

This journal was maintained from 1853-1861 by an unidentified slave overseer - possibly Erastus Bishop of Petersburg, Virginia.

Scope and Content

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.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Slavery--United States
  • Virginia--History

Contents List

Folder 1
Journal, 1853-1861