Poster Offering 300 Dollar Reward for a Fugitive from Slavery, 1856


Title: Poster Offering 300 Dollar Reward for a Fugitive from Slavery
Dates: 1856
Call Number: MS183
Size: 1.42 Linear Feet, 1 oversized folder
Permanent URL:
    Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University


This collection includes one poster from 1856 offering a 300-dollar reward for a fugitive from slavery named Tom, from New Orleans, Louisiana.


This collection is organized in one series.

Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see "Reproductions and Use" on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. No documentation is available regarding the intellectual property rights in this collection.

Preferred Citation

Poster Offering 300 Dollar Reward for a Fugitive from Slavery, 1856. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA.

Collection History

Processing Notes

Processed by Susanne Belovari, spring 2012.

This collection is processed.

In February 2021 this finding aid was reviewed for offensive description by Collections Management Archivist Adrienne Pruitt. Terms pertaining to slavery were updated according to P. Gabrielle Foreman, et al. "Writing about Slavery/Teaching About Slavery: This Might Help" community-sourced document, accessed December 15, 2020,

Custodial History

This item was found in the Ryder Collection of Confederate Archives in 2011; the Ryder collection was cataloged as part of the WPA in 1939/1940 but in later decades the catalog ( A Calendar of the Ryder Collection of the Confederate Archives at Tufts College 1940) was forgotten and library staff added other materials to the Ryder collection, usually items from the South, from the 18th and 19th century and around the time of the Civil War.

Because the item was not part of the original Ryder collection, it was removed and a separate, 'artificial' collection was created.

Subjects and Genre Terms

Series Description

  1. Poster offering 300 dollar reward for a fugitive from slavery, 1856

    This series contains a poster offering reward for a fugitive from slavery named Tom, age 19, location New Orleans.