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The papers of Edward W. Kinsley (b. 1830 - d.?). Abolitionist, merchant, investor, and an agent for the state of Massachusetts, cover a period of approximately four years, from 1862 to 1865, when the Civil War was at its height. Kinsley, as a state agent and member of the committee which had been formed by the governor to recruit and fund the Massachusetts "Colored" Volunteers, was apparently one of those instrumental in supplying the black regiments as well as the white volunteer regiments. The papers were donated to Moorland-Spingarn in 1974 by Dr. John W. Blassingame, noted historian and author. The collection totals approximately « linear foot and consists primarily of correspondence. There are also official passes issued to Kinsley when he visited the camps of the Massachusetts volunteer regiments, receipts related to equipment purchase, and announcements relative to Kinsley's mercantile partnership.