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Eliab C. Benjamin Diary

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 19 Feb 2015

Biographical History

Eliab C. Benjamin was a resident of Rushford, New York, a town in Allegany County. He was evidently much involved with the First Baptist Church of Rushford (which in turn was involved in the Underground Railroad), likely a minister and/or a deacon. His father Levi was the first deacon of the church.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Eliab C. Benjamin Diary consists of a single volume spanning about eight years. Entries concern the weather, chores, visits to and from friends and family, and activities with the First Baptist Church of Rushford. Of particular interest is an entry from May 27, 1855 in which he mentioned hearing a "Collard Man" speak at another church about his escape from slavery, and there is also mention of collection of funds for a school. The collection also includes two small tintype portraits of Benjamin.

Arrangement of the Collection

Alphabetical by type.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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Subject Headings


Benjamin, Eliab C.


African Americans.
Farmers -- New York (State) -- History.
Fugitive slaves -- United States.


Rushford (N.Y.) -- History.

Genres and Forms

Tintypes (prints)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Eliab C. Benjamin Diary,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2015.

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