Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations From the Revolution Through the Civil War is a microfilm collection of manuscripts held in several major research libraries throughout the South. This collection originated as part of an effort to make primary source materials related to slavery more available to the researcher. Many of these collections are difficult to access because of the time and travel constraints of the average amateur researcher. Many of these collections have restricted access for the preservation or security of the materials. Parts of the papers of many families are often scattered by their donation to multiple libraries. By collecting these materials in a single microfilm collection, it is now possible for the amateur researcher to have local access to materials held in libraries ranging from Maryland to Texas. These Records are a treasure trove of material on Southern families. In particular, researchers of African American families will find lists of slaves in account books, wills, and estate inventories in these records, which are here indexed by location, plantation name, and surname of plantation owners.