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SC&A includes manuscripts and archives, medieval to modern; early and finely printed books, and science fiction collections.

Slave Trade collections

These 18th - 19th century collections reflect Liverpool's historic importance as a port city with an active mercantile community involved both in the slave trade and its abolition.

Research notes and primary research materials

Trading records, logbooks and letter books in the papers of Liverpool historians:


Correspondence, minute books, business records and photographs of shipping lines and personnel trading in or with Liverpool.

Printed Sources

18th-19th century pamphlets, slave narratives, microfilm and online resources

Slave Trade highlights

Portrait of Olaudah EquianoInteresting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (1793)

The autobiographical account of a former enslaved person who bought his freedom and campaigned for the abolition of slavery. SPEC L34.2(2)

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