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The Samson Adams papers are the estate and business documents of Adams, a free African American man living and working in Trenton, New Jersey, in the late 18th century. Adams worked as a carpenter and laborer, and produced and traded in a variety of items, including soap, milk, corn, and construction materials.

The papers offer a small glimpse into the life of Adams’ sister, Violet. This note dated June 23, 1767, is a pass granting Violet Adams freedom to go where she desires and to work to support herself. Also extant is a letter Violet wrote to her brother November 19, 1782, requesting on behalf of Aunt Rose Allen that Samson send 3 bushels of cranberries, and respond as to the cost and arrangements for payment. “Give my love to my mammy & receive a great share from your affectionate Sister Violet.”

This fully digitized collection is accessible at quod.lib.umich.edu/a/adams
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This Friday on the Clements Bookworm, join us for a virtual discussion drawing from the 2018 book “Fanny Palmer: The Life and Works of a Currier & Ives Artist.” Our panelists are Stéphanie Delamaire (Associate Curator of Fine Arts at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library) and Clayton Lewis (Curator of Graphic Materials at the William L. Clements Library). Register at myumi.ch/gjgzR ... See MoreSee Less

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A portrait of Dr. Anna J. Cooper (1858-1964), renowned scholar, educator, and activist, appears as the frontispiece in her groundbreaking work "A voice from the South. / By a black woman of the South" (1892). Read the book in full via HathiTrust: hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.69015000003463 ... See MoreSee Less

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