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Slave Trade in Spanish America collection

Identifier: 11-MWalB02660

Scope and Contents

A collection of twenty letters, documents, and papers, mainly folio, relating to slavery in Spanish America from 1624 to 1825. The papers concern questions of property rights over indigenous and African slaves, regulation of the slave trade, and slave ownership. Authors include two Spanish kings (Philip IV and Charles II), along with numerous government officials and nobles. The collection includes materials relating to Spain, Peru, Paraguay, Brazil, Cuba, Santo Domingo (Hispaniola), Guatemala, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, and Mexico (Vera Cruz & Yucatan), among other locales. The majority of the materials are written in Spanish, though one item is written in Portuguese.


  • 1624-1825
  • Majority of material found in 1656-1686

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Please contact the department for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.


0.50 Linear Feet

1 clamshell box other_unmapped


The materials are arranged in chronological order. Numbers formatted 1/2, 2/3, etc., refer to an item's number of page sides. For example, 3/5 means three pieces of paper, five page sides of relevant material, and one blank page side. T: typed; A: autograph; L: letter; N: note(s); D: document; S: signed; I: initialed. E.g., ALI: autograph letter initialed. For more information, please consult the descriptions in the item listing.

Source of Acquisition

Donated by Philip D. Sang

Anne Marie Reardon
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

About Us

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections