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Anti-Slavery Manuscripts


The Boston Public Library holds the papers of many antislavery activists based in Boston, including letters by William Lloyd Garrison and Maria Weston Chapman.

New York

Bird Library, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University

Gerrit Smith Papers

"My Escape from Slavery" by Frederick Douglass, Century Illustrated Magazine, Project Gutenberg. A transcription of Douglass's escape from slavery as he first publicly told the story in November 1881.

Rochester History. A journal dedicated to the history of Rochester, New York, with articles available online in PDF format.

The University of Rochester's River Campus Libraries system, houses the papers of antislavery activists based in Rochester, New York and includes some documents relevant to the Underground Railroad.

Frederick Douglass Project

Isaac and Amy Post Family Papers

Post Family Papers Project

Porter Family Papers

Washington, D.C.

Library of Congress, Frederick Douglass Papers: The Library of Congress holds the bulk of Douglass's personal papers.


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, University of North Carolina. A complete facsimile of the 1845 version of Douglass's Narrative from the Documenting the American South project, with bibliography to related reading.

My Bondage and My Freedom, University of North Carolina. A complete facsimile of the 1855 version of Douglass's My Bondage and My Freedom from the Documenting the American South project, with bibliography to related reading.

Life and Times of Frederick Douglass [1881] [1892], University of North Carolina. A complete facsimile of each version of Douglass's Life and Times from the Documenting the American South project, with bibliography to related reading.


"An Act to Authorize the Frederick Douglass Gardens, Inc., to Establish a Memorial and Gardens on Department of the Interior Lands in the District of Columbia or Its Environs in Honor and Commemoration of Frederick Douglass." Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.P: Supt. of Docs., 2000.

Baxter, Geneva Hampton. "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Its Context, Rhetoric and Reception." Master's thesis, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga., 2001.

Bernier, Celeste-Marie and Andrew Taylor. If I Survive: Frederick Douglass and Family in the Walter O. Evans Collection: A 200 Year Anniversary. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018.

Blassingame, John W. and John R. McKivigan, eds. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass Papers: Autobiographical Writings, vol. 1. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001. Original edition, 1845.

Blight, David W. Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln: A Relationship in Language, Politics, and Memory. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2001.

Blight, David W. Frederick Douglass’ Civil War: Keeping Faith in Jubilee. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989.

Blight, David W. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2018.

Chesnutt, Charles Waddell. Frederick Douglass. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2002. Original edition, 1899. The earliest biography of Douglass, by a contemporary African American, also available from the Documenting the South Project.

Conference. Frederick Douglass Conference: The Public Life and Work of Frederick Douglass. At University of Rochester, New York, 2003.

Diedrich, Maria. Love Across the Color Lines: Ottilie Assing and Frederick Douglass. New York: Hill and Wang, 2000.

Douglass, Frederick. Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: His Early Life as a Slave, His Escape from Bondage, and His Complete History to the Present Time. Scituate, Mass.: Digital Scanning, 2001. Original edition, 1882.

--------. Narracion de la Vida de Frederick Douglass, Un Esclavo Americano, Escrita Por El Mismo: Texto Bilinue. Translated by J. B. A. M. Manzanas. Leon: Universidad de Leon, 2000.

--------. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave .Austin, Tex,: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2000. Original edition, 1845.

--------. "'Your Late Lamented Husband': An Unpublished Letter of Frederick Douglass to Mary Todd Lincoln." New York, 2000.

Foner, Philip S. Frederick Douglass. New York: Citadel Press, 1950.

Foner, Philip S., ed. Frederick Douglass on Slavery and the Civil War: Selections from His Writings. New York: Dover Publications, 2003. Original edition, 1945.

--------, ed. Frederick Douglass on Women's Rights. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1976.

Fought, Leigh. Women in the World of Frederick Douglass. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Gregory, James M. Frederick Douglass, the Orator. New York: Apollo Editions, 1971. Original edition, 1893.

Harris, Nikka L. "Mastering the Master's Discourse: Gender, Race, and Language in the Slave Narratives of Harriet Jacobs and Frederick Douglass." Master's thesis, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, 2001.

Heine, David. "Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: Joined in a "'Sacred Effort'". Master's Thesis, Rollins College, Winter Park, Fla, 2001.

Historical Society of Talbot County. "Frederick Douglass Driving Tour of Talbot County, Maryland." Easton, Md.: Historical Society of Talbot County, 2002.

Huggins, Nathan Irvin. Slave and Citizen: The Life of Frederick Douglass. Boston: Little, Brown, 1980.

Lutz, Norma Jean. Frederick Douglass. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2001.

Mackey, William Jr., ed. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2002. Original edition, 1845.

Martin, Waldo E. The Mind of Frederick Douglass. Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1984.

McFeely, William S. Frederick Douglass. New York: W.W Norton &Company, 1991.

McKivigan, John R. Frederick Douglass. San Diego, Ca.: Greenhaven Press, 2004.

Mieder, Wolfgang. "No Struggle, No Progress": Frederick Douglass and His Proverbial Rhetoric for Civil Rights. New York: P. Lang, 2001.

Miller, Douglas T. Frederick Douglass and the Fight for Freedom.Bridgewater, NJ: Replica Books, 2001. Original edition, 1993.

Moses, Wilson Jeremiah. Creative Conflict in African American Thought: Frederick Douglass, Alexander Crummell, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Nusloch, David. "Literateness and Critical Thinking in Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, William Dodd's Narrative of the Experience and Sufferings of William Dodd, a Factory Cripple, Written by Himself, and Edmund Gosse's Father and Son." Master's thesis, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, La., 2002.

Phillips, Rachael. Frederick Douglass: Abolitionist and Reformer. Uhrichsville, Ohio: Barbour Pub, 2000.

Pickens, Ernestine Williams, ed. Frederick Douglass, by Charles Waddell Chesnutt. Atlanta, Ga.: Clark Atlanta University Press, 2001. Original edition, 1899.

Preston, Dickson J., Young Frederick Douglass: The Maryland Years. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1980.

Prioleau, Rachelle C. "Combining Abolitionism and Women's Suffrage: The Agenda Building Process and Discursive Strategies of Frederick Douglass." PhD Dissertation, University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C., 2000.

Quarles, Benjamin. Frederick Douglass. New York: Atheneum, 1968.

Reed-Morton, LaDonna. "Frederick Douglass and Martin Delany: the Politics of Emigration." Master's thesis, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., 2002.

Stauffer, John.  Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century’s most Photographed American. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, 2015.

Taylor, Trachell R. "Redefiing Selfhood: Examining the Self in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl." Master's Thesis, Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., 2003.

Voss, Frederick S. Majestic in His Wrath: A Pictorial Life of Frederick Douglass. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995.

Washington, Booker T. Frederick Douglass. Philadelphia: George W. Jacobs & Company, 1906.

Waters, Carver Wendell. Voice in the Slave Narratives of Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, and Solomon Northrup. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 2002.

Williams, Roderick. "Invisible Place: A Spatial Exploration of the 'Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass'". Master's thesis, University of Cinncinnatti, Cinncinnatti, Ohio, 2000.

Williamson, Scott C. The Narrative Life: The Moral and Religious Thought of Frederick Douglass. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2002.

Wu, Jin-Ping. Frederick Douglass and the Black Liberation Movement: The North Star of American Blacks. Garland: New York, 2000.

Landmarks & Historic Sites

Frederick Douglass House, Highland Beach, Maryland.

Frederick Douglass Memorial in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Frederick Douglass Museum and & Caring Hall of Fame, 320 A Street N.E., Site of Douglass's first home in Washington, D.C., before his purchase of Cedar Hill.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, National Parks Service, Anacostia, Washington, D.C. Frederick Douglass's final home, Cedar Hill, now a museum in the nation's capital.

Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, New York, burial site of Frederick Douglass, Anna Murray Douglass, Helen Pitts Douglass, Rosetta Douglass Sprague, and Sprague Family.

William Lloyd Garrison House, National Parks Service.