Doc Chat: Slavery and Capitalism in the Archives

Doc Chat is a program series that digs deep into the stories behind the Library’s most interesting collections and highlights ways that teachers can incorporate them into the classroom.

In Episode 21, NYPL’s Matt Knutzen and NYU Professor Tom Augst explore the archives of the financial firm Brown Brothers & Company and discuss ways of locating the deep ties between Northern bankers and the slaveowning South.

Educators, scholars, students, and all primary source lovers are welcome to join this lively conversation. Each 30-minute episode takes place online.

Register here, and explore all upcoming Doc Chat episodes here.


The page from the Brown Brothers Collection New Orleans ledger that we’ll focus on during the Doc Chat.


Download a high-resolution image of this page here, and view the sample transcription here. To view the page directly in NYPL Digital Collections, click here.