Haitian Collection, 1714-1916
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Brief Description: This collection dates from 1714 to 1916 (with gaps) and documents French colonial rule of Saint Domingue, the slave insurrection, the beginning of Haitian self-rule, and the development of the Republic. Important figures include Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Toussaint Louverture, Henry (Henri) Christophe, Alexandre Pétion, Jean Pierre Boyer, Donatien-Marie-Joseph de Vimeur, and Julien Raimond. Among the most common topics covered are slavery and the slave trade, commercial activities, and colonial life. In addition, there are several letters that contain events that occurred during the American Revolution. Included are correspondence, financial records, and legal documents.
Held at:
Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Volume: 2000.0 Items
Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Dessalines, Jean-Jacques, 1758-1806.
France — Colonies
Haiti -- History -- Revolution, 1791-1804.
Haiti — Civilization
Haiti — Politics and Government — To 1791
Haiti — Relations — United States
Haiti — Social Conditions
Slavery — Haiti — History
Toussaint Louverture, 1743-1803
Languages of Materials
French [fre]
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions:

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. The Boston Public Library does not hold copyright on the material in this collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

When reproducing material from this collection please include the credit line "Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/ Rare Books."

Acquisition Notes:   The collection was purchased with various funds.
Related Materials:

Rochambeau, Donatien Marie Joseph de Vimeur, vicomte de, 1750-1813.    MS 3127

Rochambeau, Donatien Marie Joseph de Vimeur, vicomte de, 1750-1813.    MS 3128

For books and pamphlets on Haiti, please consult the Hunt Hispanola History Collection finding aid located in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Department.

PreferredCitation: Haitian Collection. MS Haiti. Rare Books and Manuscripts Department, Boston Public Library. Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/Rare Books.
Finding Aid Revisions: Updated by Tara Maharjan, November 2011.