The Resource Records of the field offices for the State of Virginia, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, (microform)

Records of the field offices for the State of Virginia, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, (microform)

Label
Records of the field offices for the State of Virginia, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872
Title
Records of the field offices for the State of Virginia, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands
Inclusive dates
1865-1872
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Records, 1865-1872, of the Virginia field offices of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, including previously unfilmed records of the Virginia staff offices of the quartermaster and disbursing officer, and the subordinate field offices. The records consist of bound volumes and unbound records, including letters and endorsements sent and received, orders and circulars, monthly reports, and other records relating to freedmen's complaints and claims
Member of
Action
  • Accessioned
  • Described
Biographical or historical data
  • The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, also known as the Freedmen's Bureau, was established in the War Department by an act of Congress on March 3, 1865 (13 Stat. 507). The life of the Bureau was extended twice by acts of July 16, 1866 (14 Stat. 173), and July 6, 1868 (15 Stat. 83). The Bureau was responsible for the supervision and management of all matters relating to refugees and freedmen, and of lands abandoned or seized during the Civil War.
  • In Virginia, the Bureau's operations began in June 1865 when Assistant Commissioner Orlando Brown established his headquarters in Richmond. Brown served until May 1866, when he was succeeded by Maj. Gen. Alfred H. Terry, who remained in office until August 1866. Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield served from August 1866 to March 1867, when Orlando Brown again assumed office and served as both Assistant Commissioner and superintendent of education until May 1869. The Bureau issued rations and provided medical relief to both freedmen and white refugees, supervised labor contracts between planters and freedmen, administered justice, and worked with benevolent societies in the establishment of schools. The Virginia Bureau also opened several hospitals for the sick and infirm.The Bureau worked to make freedmen self-sufficient and to incorporate them into the new free-labor system in Virginia. Safeguarding rights and securing justice for freedmen were also major concerns of the Virginia Bureau.
Cataloging source
VIC
Series statement
National Archives microfilm publications
Series volume
M1913.
Label
Records of the field offices for the State of Virginia, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, (microform)
Publication
Base of film
unknown
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  • The Library of Virginia
Color
black and white
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Published guide
  • CD3027.M5
Dimensions
35mm.
Emulsion on film
unknown
Extent
203
Generation
unknown
Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
National Archives and Records Administration
Positive negative aspect
negative
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001607538
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ReductionRatioRange
normal reduction
Specific material designation
microfilm reel
Type of unit
reels.

Library Locations

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      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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