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Toussaint Loverture, Pierre Dominigue, 1764-1803. Ms. L.S. to Gen. Laveaux;  Petite Rivière

Vincent, Charles de. Ms. L. (copy) to Toussaint Louverture arguing against Haitian independence and promulgation of constitution; Alexandria, Va., 7 aout 1801.

Vincent, Charles de. Ms. L. (copy) to Toussaint Loverture describing prejudice against blacks in United States and chiding him for allowing others to delude him into issuing constitution and breaking with France; Phildelphia, 17 aout 1801

France. Armée. Direction de St. Domingue, Division du nord. Rapport d'une reconnaissance faite depuis le village de la Vega jusqu'a baye de Samanah par les citoyens Barre & Lacroix, ingénieurs de l'estat; Samana, 19 juin 1801

France. Commission à Santo Domingo. Premier rapport des naturalistes employés par la commission du gouvernement francais à St. Domingo en mission dans la partie espagnole de Saint Dominque; San Juan de Maguana, 9 janvier 1799. Prepared by Augard, botanist and Advonier, mineralogist.

France. Armée. Armée de St. Domingue. Génie militaire. Suite de la correspondance de service. Direction de Moulut; Port Républicain [i.e. Port-au-Prince] 24 novembre 1802-12 avril 1803. Ms.D.

Tempete, Louis. Testament giving all his property to his former master Louis Barbaut of Paris; Léogane, 12 decembre 1742. Ms.D. (copy)

France. Armée. direction de St. Domingue. Reconnoissance de la coste depuis le Port-au-Prince jusqu'a L'Anse à Veau; Port-au-Prince, 9 avril 1789. Ms.D.S. (de Vilaire) On condition of coastal fortifications.

Meriam. Francis J. Notes on Haitian history and bibliography; Port-au-Prince, etc. [18-?] Ms.DD.

Meriam, Francis J. Notes on bibliography of Haitian constitution; [Port-au-Prince? 18--?] Ms.D.

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Haitian Collection, 1714-1916 | Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

By Rare Books and Manuscripts Department staff, November 2011

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Collection Overview

Title: Haitian Collection, 1714-1916Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates: 1783-1839

Collection Identifier: MS Haiti

Extent: 2000.0 Items

Subjects: 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: French, English

Abstract

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 of Haiti.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Collection Historical Note

From 1660 to 1804, Haiti, then known as Saint Domingue, was a French colony located on the island of Hispaniola where African slaves were used to work on the plantations that produced tobacco, indigo, cotton, and cacao. Inspired by the French Revolution, Toussaint Loverture, a freed slave, led an insurrection in 1791 that put an end to slavery in Saint Domingue. In order to maintain French control, in 1801 Napoleon Bonaparte sent an invasion force, but all attempts failed. On January 1, 1804, Jean Jacques Dessalines, leader of the rebels, declared independence from France. In 1806, after the assassination of Dessalines, the country was divided in two: a kingdom in the north led by Henri Christophe and a republic in the south ruled by Alexandre Pétion. In 1821, Jean Pierre Boyer reunified Haiti and in 1825, negotiated an agreement with France which stipulated that France would recognize Haiti as an independent nation in return for 150 million francs (later reduced to 90 million francs). A revolt led by Charles Rivière-Hérard overthrew Boyer in 1843 and a long period political and economic instability ensued that ended with the occupation of Haiti by the United States in 1915.

Subject/Index Terms

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

Administrative Information

Repository: Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

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 Method: 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.

Preferred Citation: Haitian Collection. MS Haiti. Rare Books and Manuscripts Department, Boston Public Library. Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/Rare Books.

Processing Information: Finding aid written by Rare Books and Manuscripts staff.

Finding Aid Revision History: Updated by Tara Maharjan, November 2011.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Item:

[Item MS Haiti 1: see Item Oversized],
[Item MS Hat2-1: see Item Oversized],
[Item MS Hai2-2: see Item Oversized],
[Item MS Haiti 3: see Item Oversized],
[Item MS Haiti 4: see Item Oversized],
[Item MS Haiti 5: see Item Oversized],
[Item MS Haiti 6: see Item Oversized],
[Item MS Hait 7: Toussaint Loverture, Pierre Dominigue, 1764-1803. Ms. L.S. to Gen. Laveaux;  Petite Rivière, 17 September 1795],
[Item MSHait 8-1: Vincent, Charles de. Ms. L. (copy) to Toussaint Louverture arguing against Haitian independence and promulgation of constitution; Alexandria, Va., 7 aout 1801., 7 August 1801],
[Item MS Hait8-2: Vincent, Charles de. Ms. L. (copy) to Toussaint Loverture describing prejudice against blacks in United States and chiding him for allowing others to delude him into issuing constitution and breaking with France; Phildelphia, 17 aout 1801, 17 August 1801],
[Item MS Hait 9: France. Armée. Direction de St. Domingue, Division du nord. Rapport d'une reconnaissance faite depuis le village de la Vega jusqu'a baye de Samanah par les citoyens Barre & Lacroix, ingénieurs de l'estat; Samana, 19 juin 1801, 19 June 1801],
[Item MS Hait 10: France. Commission à Santo Domingo. Premier rapport des naturalistes employés par la commission du gouvernement francais à St. Domingo en mission dans la partie espagnole de Saint Dominque; San Juan de Maguana, 9 janvier 1799. Prepared by Augard, botanist and Advonier, mineralogist., 9 January 1799],
[Item MS Hait 11: France. Armée. Armée de St. Domingue. Génie militaire. Suite de la correspondance de service. Direction de Moulut; Port Républicain [i.e. Port-au-Prince] 24 novembre 1802-12 avril 1803. Ms.D., 24 November 1802-12 April 1803],
[Item MS Hait 12: Tempete, Louis. Testament giving all his property to his former master Louis Barbaut of Paris; Léogane, 12 decembre 1742. Ms.D. (copy), 12 December 1742],
[Item MS Hait 13: France. Armée. direction de St. Domingue. Reconnoissance de la coste depuis le Port-au-Prince jusqu'a L'Anse à Veau; Port-au-Prince, 9 avril 1789. Ms.D.S. (de Vilaire) On condition of coastal fortifications., 9 april 1789],
[Item Hait 14: Meriam. Francis J. Notes on Haitian history and bibliography; Port-au-Prince, etc. [18-?] Ms.DD.],
[Item MS Hait 15: Meriam, Francis J. Notes on bibliography of Haitian constitution; [Port-au-Prince? 18--?] Ms.D.],
[Box 66],
[Box 67],
[Box 68],
[Box 69],
[Box 70],
[Box 71],
[Box 72],
[Item Oversized],
[All]

Box 70Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Rochambeau, Donatien Marie Joseph de Vimeur, vicomte de, 1750-1813, 20 February 1802Add to your cart.
Ms.L.S. to Gen. Leclerc sending captured papers on Toussaint Louverture; St. Michel, 20 février 1802.
Folder 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Dessalines, Jean Jacques, 1758-1806., 16 July 1798Add to your cart.
Ms.L.S. (Birot) to Gen. Hédouville requesting judgment on disagreement with Gen. Boerner; St. Marc, 16 juillet 1798.
Item 2: Hédouville, Gabriel Marie Théodore Joseph, comte de, 1755-1825., 23 July 1798Add to your cart.
Ms.L.S. to Jean Jacques Dessalines on reprimanding Gen. Boerner; Cap Français, 23 juillet 1798.
Folder 3: Goodall, Thomas, 1767-1832?, [181-?]Add to your cart.
Ms.:  L'Etat actuel de l'armée et des fortifications de Christophe, et des forces nécessaires pour l'attaquer; [n.p., 181-?]
Folder 4: Vincent,, 27 November 1798Add to your cart.
A.L.S. to Gen. Hédouville on his popularity and inability to come to Cap Français; St. Domingo, 27 novembre 1798.
Folder 5: Lavaux, Êtienne Maynaud Bizefranc de, 1751-1828., 29 January 1793Add to your cart.
Ms.D.S. ordering Desfourneaux to continue his military operating with loyalty and courage; Tonnerre, 29 janvier 1793.
Folder 6: Raimond,, 24 April 1787Add to your cart.
A.L. (incomplete) to Jen. Raimond on family business and property in St. Domingue; [bordeaux?] 24 avril 1787
Folder 7: Masseau Duclos, 28 January 1787Add to your cart.
Printed D. filled out in ms.:  Bill of purchase of four Blacks from Capt. Magouet; Port-au-Prince, 28 janvier 1787.
Folder 8: Dupin, 19 April 1791Add to your cart.
Printed D. filled out in ms.:  Bill of purchase of 11 Blacks from Capt. Thibeaud of the ship Prosper; Cap Français, 19 avril 1791.
Folder 9Add to your cart.
Item 1: Lussou, 27 September 1792Add to your cart.
Ms.D.S.:  Copy of church register certifying marriage of Simon Pierre Granville and Anne LaBrosse; St. Louis du Nord, 27 septembre 1792
Item 2: Port-au-Paix.  Sénéchaussée., September 1792Add to your cart.
Ms.D.S. (Prevort) certifying marriage of Simon Pierre Granville and Anne Labrosse and adoption of her children; Port-au-Paix, [septembre 1792]
Folder 10: France.  Conseil d'Etat., 18 July 1753Add to your cart.
Ms.D. (copy) ordering Conseil Supérieur de Cap Français to recognize Jacques Pelerin as member  of nobility with right to name of Poulpry Desxillas; Cap Français, 18 juillet 1753.
Folder 11: Santo Domingo (French colony)  Contributions publiques., 2 January 1798Add to your cart.

Printed D. filled out in ms.;  Bill for tax on slaves owned by Michel Cupidon; Port-au-Prince, 2 janvier 1798.

Signed by Chambellau.

Folder 12: Roume de Saint Laurent, Philippe Rose., 13 April 1798Add to your cart.
Ms.l.S. to Gen. Louis Jacques Beauvais discussing arrival and plans of Gen. Hedouville; Santo Domingo, 13 avril 1798.
Folder 13Add to your cart.
Item 1: Hedouville, Gabriel Marie Théodore Joseph, comte de, 1755-1825., 9 May 1798Add to your cart.
Ms.L. to Gen. André Rigaud sending instructions on military activities during proposed English surrender of Port-au-Prince and St. Marc to Tousssaint Louverture; Cap Français, 9 mai 1798.
Item 2: Rigaud, Benoit Joseph André, 1761-1811, 13 July 1798Add to your cart.
Ms.L.S. to Gen. Hedouville announcing arrival in Port-au-Prince and intention to attack English at Jérémie; Port-au-Prince, 13 juillet 1798.
Item 3: Rigaud, Benoit Joseph André, 1761-1811, 4 August 1798Add to your cart.
Ms.L.S. to Gen. Hedouville discussing activities and events in struggle with English; Les Cayes, 4 août 1798.
Item 4: Rigaud, Benoit Joseph André, 1761-1811, 20 August 1798Add to your cart.
Ms.L.S. to Gen. Hedouville sending copy of agreement with Gen. Thomas Maitland on English evacuation of Jérémie; Tiburon, 20 août 1798.
Item 5: Rigaud, Benoit Joseph André, 1761-1811, 28 January 1799Add to your cart.
Ms.L.S. to Gen. Hedouville defending himself against accusation that he aided in forcing Hedouville to leave; les Cayes, 28 janvier 1799
Folder 14: France.  Agent particulier du Directoire à Saint Domingue., February 1798Add to your cart.
16 Ms.DD. listing members from France aboard Gen. Hedouville's staff and expedition sailing from France aboard the ships Bravoure, Cocarde and Syrenne; Brest, février 1798.
Folder 15: Cap Français.  Administration municipale., 20 October 1798Add to your cart.
Ms.L.S. (Fourques) to Gen. Hedouville informing him that 341 taxpayers have the right to vote at the assemblies; Cap Français, 20 octobre 1798.
Folder 16: France.  Ministre de la Marine et des Colonies., 20 November 1798Add to your cart.
Ms.L.S. (Bruix) to Gen. Hedouville suggesting ways to hold down expenses in St. Domingue; Paris, 20 novembre 1798.
Folder 17: City Gazette, Charleston, S.C., [1798?]Add to your cart.
Ms. (copy):  Extract from an article on Toussaint Louverture's negotiations with Gen. Maitland as told by Samuel H. Haskins of ship Libertyl [Cap Français? 1798?]
Folder 18: Dugua, Charles Francois Joseph, 1744-1802., 5 July 1802Add to your cart.
Ms.L.S. to Deraime accepting resignation of Nebse; Cap Français, 5 juillet 1802.
Folder 19: Pagoet, François Marie Sébastien, chevalier, 1766-1834, 25 October 1802Add to your cart.
Ms.L.S. to Lacroix on sale of cargo of American ship; Jacmel, 25 octobre 1802.
Folder 20: Darbonne, Jean Baptiste., 25 January 1804Add to your cart.
Ms.L.S. to his wife sending love to his family and requesting personal items be sent to him; St. Marc, 25 janvier 1804.
Folder 21: Dessalines, Jean Jacques, 1758-1806, 15 February 1804Add to your cart.
Printed D. filled out in ms.S:  Brevet promoting Cn. Dufresnes to sous-lieutenant; Cayes, 15 février 1804.
Folder 22: Santo Domingo (French colony), [1803?]Add to your cart.
Ms.:  Observations générales sur les creances de St. Domingue; la necessité d'une prompte liquidation et le mode de leur remboursement; [Cap Français? 1803?]
Folder 23: Barré de Saint Venant, Jean, 1737-1810, 14 August 1794Add to your cart.
A.Mss.S. addressed to [Gouverneur Morris] on government and people of St. Domingue including  table and charts showing census, populations, agriculture, commerce, trade with U.S., etc.; Fort  Oiseau, 14 août 1794.
Folder 23A: See Item OversizedAdd to your cart.
Folder 24Add to your cart.
Item 1: Rochambeau, Donatien Marie Joseph de Vimeur, vicomte de, 1755-1813., 10 August 1802Add to your cart.
Ms.L.S. to Gen. Leclerc expressing his distrust of Dessalines and recommending Doctor Delpeux; Port Républicain, 10 août 1802.
Item 2: Cabal, 8 August 1802Add to your cart.
Ms.L.S. to General [Rochambeau?] on spirit of city of St. Marc and discussing Dessalines; St. Marc, 8 août 1802.

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[Item MS Haiti 1: see Item Oversized],
[Item MS Hat2-1: see Item Oversized],
[Item MS Hai2-2: see Item Oversized],
[Item MS Haiti 3: see Item Oversized],
[Item MS Haiti 4: see Item Oversized],
[Item MS Haiti 5: see Item Oversized],
[Item MS Haiti 6: see Item Oversized],
[Item MS Hait 7: Toussaint Loverture, Pierre Dominigue, 1764-1803. Ms. L.S. to Gen. Laveaux;  Petite Rivière, 17 September 1795],
[Item MSHait 8-1: Vincent, Charles de. Ms. L. (copy) to Toussaint Louverture arguing against Haitian independence and promulgation of constitution; Alexandria, Va., 7 aout 1801., 7 August 1801],
[Item MS Hait8-2: Vincent, Charles de. Ms. L. (copy) to Toussaint Loverture describing prejudice against blacks in United States and chiding him for allowing others to delude him into issuing constitution and breaking with France; Phildelphia, 17 aout 1801, 17 August 1801],
[Item MS Hait 9: France. Armée. Direction de St. Domingue, Division du nord. Rapport d'une reconnaissance faite depuis le village de la Vega jusqu'a baye de Samanah par les citoyens Barre & Lacroix, ingénieurs de l'estat; Samana, 19 juin 1801, 19 June 1801],
[Item MS Hait 10: France. Commission à Santo Domingo. Premier rapport des naturalistes employés par la commission du gouvernement francais à St. Domingo en mission dans la partie espagnole de Saint Dominque; San Juan de Maguana, 9 janvier 1799. Prepared by Augard, botanist and Advonier, mineralogist., 9 January 1799],
[Item MS Hait 11: France. Armée. Armée de St. Domingue. Génie militaire. Suite de la correspondance de service. Direction de Moulut; Port Républicain [i.e. Port-au-Prince] 24 novembre 1802-12 avril 1803. Ms.D., 24 November 1802-12 April 1803],
[Item MS Hait 12: Tempete, Louis. Testament giving all his property to his former master Louis Barbaut of Paris; Léogane, 12 decembre 1742. Ms.D. (copy), 12 December 1742],
[Item MS Hait 13: France. Armée. direction de St. Domingue. Reconnoissance de la coste depuis le Port-au-Prince jusqu'a L'Anse à Veau; Port-au-Prince, 9 avril 1789. Ms.D.S. (de Vilaire) On condition of coastal fortifications., 9 april 1789],
[Item Hait 14: Meriam. Francis J. Notes on Haitian history and bibliography; Port-au-Prince, etc. [18-?] Ms.DD.],
[Item MS Hait 15: Meriam, Francis J. Notes on bibliography of Haitian constitution; [Port-au-Prince? 18--?] Ms.D.],
[Box 66],
[Box 67],
[Box 68],
[Box 69],
[Box 70],
[Box 71],
[Box 72],
[Item Oversized],
[All]


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