Welcome to the Yale Slavery and Abolition Portal
This site is designed to help researchers and students find primary sources related to slavery, abolition, and resistance within the university's many libraries and galleries. Select a repository from the list across the top to browse by location or use the search function to sort collections by topic. Consult the research and links pages for information about how to find additional source material.
Rufus and S. Willard Saxton Papers
The papers include correspondence, journals, memorabilia, and photographs that document the life of Samuel Willard Saxton and the career of his brother General Rufus Saxton during the Civil War. Samuel Saxton's journal highlights his ardent abolitionist and reformist interests, his work on behalf of freedmen's education, and his strong Republican loyalties. The letterbooks reflect Saxton's position as an aide-de-camp for his brother and Rufus Saxton's administration of the Department of the South and the former slaves under his jurisdiction.