WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Another prominent entry in the collection is a Bill of Sale of a young slave girl, "Nen," from Thomas and Maria Lansing to Caterena Lansing for £40 on October 16, 1760. "I have bought items that add to or supplement the strength of the Elbert Collection," said Curator Ruth Rogers. "I bought a slave docu- ment, a bill of sale from a dealer in New Jersey. I've purchased books for and against slavery and the slavery debate. I even purchased a copy of the Bill of Rights." Dr. and Mrs. Elbert lived in Washington, D.C. and in Wilmington, Delaware where Dr. Elbert had a successful medical practice, so pros- perous in fact, he declined an opportunity to study in Paris. Mrs. Elbert, who continued to teach, became involved with the women in African American society, as well as a member of several organizations that addressed the interest of "colored women," like the Women's League. She gave birth to their only child, a son, Samuel G. Elbert, Jr. in 1900. The small family continued to travel the world and collect books and other articles reflecting the lives of African Americans. Samuel Jr., who attended Amherst College and McGill University, where he received his medical degree, continued book collecting with his mother until her death in 1955. His father died in 1939. In addition to Wellesley College, the Elberts gave a collection to Delaware State College, where Dr. Elbert had once served as a trustee. Samuel Jr. also donated a book collection to his alma mater, Amherst College. The Special Collections division of the Clapp Library is a place for study and research. In Special Collections "… items don't circulate because they are out of print, rare, fragile … and have to be protected," said Rogers. "The materials are too old, too fragile, or of too [great] his- torical importance to leave in the open stacks." TO VIEW TITLES IN THE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, visit www.wellesley.edu/lts/ collections/archives-and-special-collections/special-collections. D O C U M E N T I M A G E C O U R T E S Y O F W E L L E S L E Y C O L L E G E L I B R A R Y , S P E C I A L C O L L E C T I O N S , E L L A S M I T H E L B E R T C O L L E C T I O N Document relating to the sale of "Nen" from Thomas and Maria Lansing to Caterena Lansing for £40. October 16, 1760. Printed form, filled in by hand in black ink. 114 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8 Making History Come Alive

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