Peter Still Papers
A Digital Edition

Welcome to our digital edition of the Peter Still Papers (1850-1875), a lightly edited reconstruction of a manuscript collection held in Rutgers Special Collections and University Archives. These letters and notebook chronicle the efforts of Peter Still, an African American and former slave, to purchase the freedom of his wife and family. Still was born free in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. As a small boy, he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Kentucky. At age 49, he secured enough money to buy his own freedom, when he began a quest to free his wife Lavinia (Vina) and their children, as well as find his mother, brothers, and sisters.


Francesca Giannetti, Project Manager
Michelle Hwang, Aresty Research Assistant (2016-17)
Zachary Sinkiewicz, Aresty Research Assistant (2015-16)


Al King
Caryn Radick
Jeffery Triggs