Primary Sources on Slavery in Early Texas

The digitized primary sources on the Texas Slavery Project provide access to hundreds of letters, newspapers articles, legislative decrees, and diplomatic correspondence during the 1820s through the 1840s. Offering windows into the place of slavery in early Texas, these documents chart the evolution of slave laws, the political wrangling of the Republic of Texas with foreign governments over slavery, the buying and selling of enslaved men and women, and the centrality of slavery to early Texas society. Here you can hear the words of men and women who lived with slavery every day.

The browsing page provides access to all the available documents, which are organized into various categories. The search engine allows you to search across the entire collection for specific information, parsing out the documents that are most useful for your interest. You can also find more information about the primary sources, which delves into more detail about nineteenth century newspapers and correspondence.