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Enslavement and Sharecropping in Florida

What are personal papers?

Personal papers are collected by families and/or individuals. In them you may find primary sources such as correspondence, maps, legal documents, news clippings, financial records, and journals. 

Image: Bill of sale documenting F.A. Byrd's purchase of Jane, an enslaved woman, and her two children aged 3 years and 7 months, for $1,050.

"Bill of Sale," 1852, Box 516, Folder 4, Dr. F.A. Byrd Papers, MSS 1968-042, Florida State University Special Collections & Archives.

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