Freedmen’s Bureau: The Assistant Commissioners’ Records with Shelley Murphy

March 7, 2024

On Zoom: While the field office records of the Freedmen’s Bureau are the most commonly reviewed and include registers of freedmen, labor contracts, and correspondence, the records of the Assistant Commissioners are less frequently examined yet are equally rich in historical detail. This presentation will highlight the “Assistant Commissioners ” who were responsible for the administration of Bureau activities in each state, and their records contain a wealth of information including reports, letters, and endorsements sent and received, registers of letters received, issuances, and narrative reports from subordinate officers.

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