Slave Trade Papers must rank as one of the most significant "finds"of the last few decades.
Sir Thomas Fowell-Buxton was heir to William Wilberforce as leader of the anti-slavery movement in Great Britain. His papers provide unique insight into the development of the Victorian social conscience and the worldwide significance of the great anti-slavery campaign.
This source supplies fundamental material for any examination of the international phenomenon of slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries, the colonization and "Christainization" of Africa and the Empire, and the parliamentary and extra-parliamentary history of the abolitionist movement.
The Calendar of the Papers of Sir Thomas Fowell-Buxton 1786-1845 by Patricia M. Pugh serves as a guide to this collection, and is also reproduced on the first reel.
"The recovery of such a large cache of Buxton papers is an important event. It will require scholars to revise their views on emancipation in significant ways." -- Dr. David Turley, University of Kent