Open Archives: Princeton and Slavery Library Exhibit

Date(s) - October 30, 2017
6:30 pm

Princeton Public Library, Newsroom and Discovery Center
65 Witherspoon Street

This exhibition kick-off event features the chance to view, up-close, actual historical documents from the Princeton University Archives and the Historical Society of Princeton that illuminate Princeton’s connection to the practice of slavery. Dan Linke, University Archivist, and Stephanie Schwartz, HSP’s Curator of Collections and Research, will describe the extraordinary glimpses of Princeton’s history the archival collections provide. Among the items on view will be a newspaper from 1766, which features the cold reality of the times: an ad that reads, “To be sold…two Negro women, a negro man, and three negro children.” Linke and Schwartz will present on the importance of preserving archival materials, a vital source of perspective and enlightenment for generations to come. This event is co-sponsored by the Princeton Public Library, HSP, and the Princeton University Archives.

The joint Princeton and Slavery Exhibit of reproduction historical documents supporting the research of the Princeton and Slavery Project will be on view in the Princeton Room at the Princeton Public Library from October 17 through December 15.