Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Collection of William Lloyd Garrison's The Liberator, 1831-1833

Collection ID:
Knapp, Isaac, 1804-1843
Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879
Physical Description:
2 Linear feet
3 Boxes
This collection contains issues of William Lloyd Garrison's abolitionist newspaper
The Liberator
dating from 1831-1833, including the inaugural issue.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Prior to the Civil War, William Lloyd Garrison (1805--1879) was the one of the most prominent abolitionists in the country. Garrison and Isaac Knapp founded the American abolitionist newspaper,
The Liberator
. Garrison was a pivotal force in both the New England and American Anti-Slavery societies. "I am in earnest-- will not equivocate-- will not excuse-- will not retreat a single inch--and I will be heard!" he proclaimed in 1831, in the first issue of
The Liberator
. One of the first opponents of slavery to demand complete and immediate freedom for African Americans, Garrison published The Liberator for over 35 years, finally ceasing publication with the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery.

Olubunmi Bakare
Custodial History note
Purchased by the Anacostia Community Museum.
Processing Information
Collection level description by Olubunmi Bakare. Machine-readable guide completed by Jennifer Morris.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
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Preferred Citation note
Collection of William Lloyd Garrison's The Liberator, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

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Repository Contact
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
1901 Fort Place, SE
Washington, D.C. 20020