Race and Slavery Petitions Project

How to Obtain Copies of Petitions

The Race and Slavery Petitions Project has created a microfilm edition of all petitions and documents in the collection published by University Publications of America and later LexisNexis in Bethesda, Maryland. The original legislative petitions can be found at respective state archives. The original county court petitions are available at both state archives and county court houses. Microfilm copies of the original petitions and related documents are published under the title Race, Slavery, and Free Blacks: Petitions to Southern Legislatures and County Courts, 1775-1867. The microfilm version consists of 151 reels, accompanied by seven guide/indexes totaling about four thousand pages. The Race and Slavery Petitions Project also published a two-volume, book edition of selected petitions, roughly 2 percent of the petitions held in the collection. The complete collection of original manuscript documents on microfilm can now be acessed online through Proquest's "Slavery and the Law Digital Library", which requires a paid subscription and is available at some libraries.


Books and Guides

*All volumes of book and microfilm editions edited by Loren Schweninger; Microfilm Guide, Series 1, assistant eds. Robert Shelton and Charles Smith; Microfilm and Guide, Series II, Parts A, B, C, D, E, assistant editor Marguerite Ross Howell; Microfilm and Guide, Series II, Part F, assistant editor, Nicole Marcon Mazgaj; Southern Debate Over Slavery, volume 2, assistant editors Marguerite Ross Howell and Nicole Marcon Mazgaj.

The following libraries and institutions have acquired some or all of the microfilm series. For additional and updated information, search WorldCat.

Series Part[s] Location City & State
I, II (A,B,C,D,E) Allen County Public Library Fort Wayne, IN
I, II (A,B) Arizona State University Tempe, AZ
II (B) Arizona State University West Glendale, AZ
I, II (A) Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Atlanta, GA
II (A) Augusta State University Augusta, GA
I Beijing Book Co Inc. Linden, NJ
I, II (A) Birmingham Public Library Birmingham, AL
I, II (A) Boston Public Library Boston, MA
II (A) Broward County Library Fort Lauderdale, FL
II (A,B,C,D,E,F) Brown University Providence, RI
II (A) Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
I Central Connecticut State University New Britain, CT
I, II (A,B,C,D,E,F) Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Flint, MI
I Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
I, II (B,C,D,E,F) Duke University Durham, NC
I, II (A,B,D,E) East Carolina University Greenville, NC
I, II (A,B,C,D,E) Emory University Library Atlanta, GA
I, II (A) Enoch Pratt Free Library Baltimore, MD
I, II (A,B,C,D) Florida A & M University Law Orlando, FL
I Florida A & M University Libraries Tallahassee, FL
I Florida International University, Miami Miami, FL
I, II (A,B,C,D,E,F) Georgetown University E.B. Williams Law Library Washington, DC
  Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
I, II (A,B,C,D,E,F) Harvard University, Widener Library Cambridge, MA
I Illinois State University Normal, IL
II (A) Indian River County Vero Beach, FL
I, II (A) Indiana University, Bloomington Bloomington, IN
I, II (A,B,D) Johns Hopkins University, Milton S. Eisenhower Library Baltimore, MD
II (B,F) Library of Congress Washington, DC
I Library of Michigan Lansing, MI
II (F) Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA
I, II (A) Michigan State Universities Libraries East Lansing, MI
I, II (A,B,C,D) Mid-Continent Public Library Independence, MO
II (A,B,D) Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN
II (A,B,C,D) Nankai University Nankai, PRC, China
I, II (A,B,C,D,E,F) National Endowment for the Humanities Washington, DC
I, II (A,B,C,D,E,F) National Historical Publications National Archives, Washington, DC
I, II (A,B,C,D) New York Public Library New York, NY
I, II (A) North Carolina A&T State University, F. D. Bluford Library Greensboro, NC
I Penn State University University Park, PA
I Princeton University Princeton, NJ
I Public Library of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
I Purdue University West Lafayette, IN
I, II (A) Rice University, Fondren Library Houston, TX
II (B,C) Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
I South Carolina State University Orangeburg, SC
I Southern University Law Baton Rouge, LA
I, II (A,B,C,D) Texas Southern University Law Houston, TX
I Texas Southern University Houston, TX
I Trinity College Hartford, CT
I University of Bayreuth Bayreuth, Germany
I, II (A) University of Colorodo, Boulder Boulder, CO
I, II (A,B) University of Delaware Library Newark, DE
I, II (A) University of Florida Gainesville, FL
I University of Goettingen Goettingen, Germany
I University of Houston Houston, TX
I, II (A) University of Illinois Urbana, IL
I, II (A,B,C,D) University of Iowa Law Library Iowa City, IA
I University of Maryland, College Park College Park, MD
I University of Missouri Columbia, Ellis Library Columbia, MO
  University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
I, II (A,B,C,D,E,F) The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University Libraries Greensboro, NC
I University of Notre Dame, Kresge Law Library Notre Dame, IN
I University of Reading England
I, II (A,B) University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN
I, II (E,F) University of Texas, Austin Austin, TX
I Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
I, II (A) Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
I, II (A,B,C,D,E) Yale University Library New Haven, CT

Microfilm Edition: Series, Part, State, Dates, and Reel Number Information

Series Part State Dates Reel
I   Delaware 1785-1824 1
Delaware 1825-1853 2
Mississippi 1806-1866 3
North Carolina 1777-1803 4
North Carolina 1804-1822 5
North Carolina 1823-1834 6
North Carolina 1835-1866 7
South Carolina 1783-1802 8
South Carolina 1803-1821 9
South Carolina 1822-1830 10
South Carolina 1831-1866 11
Tennessee 1798-1826 12
Tennessee 1827-1838 13
Tennessee 1839-1861 14
Texas 1836-1865 15
Virginia 1777-1809 16
Virginia 1810-1815 17
Virginia 1816-1826 18
Virginia 1827-1832 19
Virginia 1833-1837 20
Virginia 1838-1846 21
Virginia 1847-1865 22
Alabama 1817-1860 22
Florida 1823-1863 22
Georgia 1820 22
Louisiana 1820 22
Missouri 1817-1867 23
II A Georgia 1796-1819 1
Georgia 1820-1830 2
Georgia 1831-1846 3
Georgia 1847-1860 4
Georgia 1861-1857 5
Florida 1821-1833 5
Florida 1834-1853 6
Florida 1854-1867 7
Alabama 1821-1828 7
Alabama 1830-1842 8
Alabama 1843-1846 9
Alabama 1847-1850 10
Alabama 1851-1854 11
Alabama 1855-1858 12
Alabama 1858-1861 13
Alabama 1862-1867 14
Mississippi 1822-1844 15
Mississippi 1845-1849 16
Mississippi 1850-1853 17
Mississippi 1854-1856 18
Mississippi 1857-1859 19
Mississippi 1860-1867 20
SlaveOwners   21
II B Maryland 1775-1794 1
Maryland 1795-1810 2
Maryland 1811-1817 3
Maryland 1818-1825 4
Maryland 1826-1834 5
Maryland 1835-1839 6
Maryland 1840-1847 7
Maryland 1848-1852 8
Maryland 1853-1855 9
Maryland 1856-1859 10
Maryland 1859-1866 11
Delaware 1779-1810 12
Delaware 1811-1857 13
District of Columbia 1803-1836 14
District of Columbia 1837-1858 15
District of Columbia 1860-1865 16
II C Virginia 1775-1804 1
Virginia 1805-1817 2
Virginia 1818-1825 3
Virginia 1826-1832 4
Virginia 1833-1836 5
Virginia 1837-1841 6
Virginia 1842-1845 7
Virginia 1846-1850 8
Virginia 1851-1854 9
Virginia 1855-1857 10
Virginia 1858-1867 11
Kentucky 1794-1816 12
Kentucky 1817-1825 13
Kentucky 1826-1830 14
Kentucky 1831-1836 15
Kentucky 1837-1840 16
Kentucky 1841-1845 17
Kentucky 1846-1850 18
Kentucky 1851-1852 19
Kentucky 1853-1855 20
Kentucky 1856-1858 21
Kentucky 1859-1864 22
II D North Carolina 1775-1820 1
North Carolina 1821-1836 2
North Carolina 1837-1847 3
North Carolina 1848-1854 4
North Carolina 1855-1857 5
North Carolina 1858-1860 6
North Carolina 1861-1867 7
South Carolina 1784-1810 8
South Carolina 1811-1817 9
South Carolina 1818-1821 10
South Carolina 1822-1824 11
South Carolina 1825-1828 12
South Carolina 1829-1832 13
South Carolina 1833-1836 14
South Carolina 1837-1841 15
South Carolina 1841-1843 16
South Carolina 1844-1846 17
South Carolina 1846-1848 18
South Carolina 1849-1851 19
South Carolina 1851-1853 20
South Carolina 1853-1854 21
South Carolina 1855-1856 22
South Carolina 1856-1857 23
South Carolina 1858-1859 24
South Carolina 1860-1867 25
II E Arkansas 1824-1850 1
Arkansas 1851-1856 2
Arkansas 1857-1867 3
Missouri 1806-1825 3
Missouri 1826-1833 4
Missouri 1834-1840 5
Missouri 1841-1843 6
Missouri 1844-1848 7
Missouri 1849-1852 8
Missouri 1853-1860 9
Tennessee 1791-1828 10
Tennessee 1829-1835 11
Tennessee 1836-1840 12
Tennessee 1841-1843 13
Tennessee 1844-1846 14
Tennessee 1847-1849 15
Tennessee 1849-1850 16
Tennessee 1850-1851 17
Tennessee 1852-1853 18
Tennessee 1854-1855 19
Tennessee 1856-1857 20
Tennessee 1858-1859 21
Tennessee 1860-1867 22
Texas 1832-1844 23
Texas 1845-1850 24
Texas 1851-1855 25
Texas 1856-1867 26
II F Louisiana 1795-1815 1
Louisiana 1816-1819 2
Louisiana 1819-1821 3
Louisiana 1822-1824 4
Louisiana 1825-1827 5
Louisiana 1827-1829 6
Louisiana 1829-1831 7
Louisiana 1832-1834 8
Louisiana 1384-1836 9
Louisiana 1837-1838 10
Louisiana 1839-1842 11
Louisiana 1843-1846 12
Louisiana 1847-1848 13
Louisiana 1849-1850 14
Louisiana 1851-1852 15
Louisiana 1852-1845 16
Louisiana 1855-1857 17
Louisiana 1858-1863 18