- Collection ID:
circa 1859 - 1894
- Physical Description:
1.63 Linear feet
This collection, which dates from circa 1859-1894, contains materials relating to abolitionist Frederick Douglass. It includes several of his speeches reproduced in booklets and pamphlets, a visiting card, a portrait bearing his autograph, and 28 issues of
, which ran from 1858 to 1863.
The collection is arranged into 3 series. Series 1:Douglass' Monthly newspaper 2:Booklets 3: Other Materials.
Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was born into slavery on Maryland's Eastern Shore but fled north in 1838 to settle in Massachussetts. He soon joined the antislavery movement, and by the mid-1840s his commanding eloquence in offering firsthand testimony to the oppressions of slavery had transformed him into one of the movement's most persuasive spokesmen. Douglass' reforming zeal remained strong all his life. After the Civil War put an end to slavery, he continued to be a leading defender of the rights of African Americans during Reconstruction.
Custodial History note
Purchased by the Anacostia Community Museum to support an exhibition on Frederick Douglass.
Using the Collection
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Preferred Citation note
Collection of Frederick Douglass materials, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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Washington, D.C. 20020