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Material in the Special Collections Research Center

  • Abbot E. Smith Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, William & Mary. (his book is included below)
  • Virginia Gazette Index, 1736-1780: 2 volumes, call number AI21 .V5; copies are also available in Swem Library in Microforms Reference, Reference Virginia, & in the general stacks.
  • Virginia Historical Index (Swem's) Index - Copies are available in Swem Library (in Reference-Virginia & the SCRC, call number F221 .S93)
  • Tucker-Coleman Papers; search the Tucker-Coleman Papers card catalog under indentured servants and servants; including an interesting broadside, undated, (Tucker dated 1797).
  • Check the old Manuscripts card catalog.
  • Smith, Abbot Emerson. Colonists in bondage; white servitude and convict labor in America, 1607-1776.

Publication info.: Gloucester, Mass., P. Smith, 1965 [c1947]. Physical description: viii, 435 p. 22 cm. Swem Library call number: HD4875 .U5 S5 1965

  • Coyle, Betty Wade Wyatt, 1946- . The treatment of servants and slaves in colonial Virginia. Publication info.: 1974. Physical description: vi, 116 leaves ; 29 cm. Note: Typescript. Note: Thesis (M.A.)--College of William & Mary. Call number: LD6051 .W5m Soc., 1974, C69
  • Schmidt, Frederick Hall, 1937- . British convict servant labor in colonial Virginia. Publication info.: 1976. Physical description: viii, 299 leaves ; 29 cm. Note: Typescript. Note: Thesis--College of William & Mary. Call number: LD6051 .W5m Hist., 1976, S34.


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A note about the contents of this site

This website contains the best available information from known sources at the time it was written. Unfortunately, many of the early original records of William & Mary were destroyed by fires, military occupation, and the normal effects of time. The information in this website is not complete, and it changes as we continue to research and uncover new sources.