Douglass, Frederick

Title: FREDERICK DOUGLASS PAPERS
Date range: c. 1818-1895
Location: A.D74
Size: 2 boxes, 2 volumes

 


 


The collection contains correspondence and other material related to Frederick Douglass (1818-1895). Correspondents include Theodore Tilton, Jenny Marsh Parker, Samuel Drummond Porter and others. The letters date from before the Civil War when Douglass was editor of the North Star, an anti-slavery newspaper he published in Rochester, N.Y., to a few years prior to his death.

Also included are deeds signed by Douglass when he was the Recorder of Deeds for Washington, D.C. and a document signed by him as U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia, photographs, and ephemeral items.

Acquired from various donors and purchases.

Please Note: Frederick Douglass letters are also located in the Isaac and Amy Post Family Papers and the Porter Family Papers. Choose "Search RBSCP" above to locate additional materials. For a selected transcriptions, essays and images, please visit the Frederick Douglass Project. For preservation purposes researchers are asked to consult reproductions via this on-line project, rather than the original documents, where possible.

 

 

 




Box 1:

LETTERS
Folder 1
1846, Aug. 19 Douglass, Frederick. London, England.
To Anna Richardson. A.L.S. 4p.

1847, Sept. 27 Douglass, Frederick.
To Samuel J. May. A.L.S. 2p.

1847, Oct. 28 Douglass, Frederick. Boston.
To Amy Post. A.L.S. 1p.

1848, March 10 May, Samuel, Jr. Boston
To George Armstrong. A.L.S. 2p.

1849, Aug. 27 Douglass, Frederick. Rochester, N.Y.
To W.M. Rattery. A.L.S. 1p.

1851, March 13 Thompson, George. Rochester, N.Y.
To Hiram Wilson. A.L.S. 3p.

1855, Nov. 8 Douglass, Frederick. Rochester, N.Y.
To Frederick A. Chase. A.L.S. 2p. (With accompanying lecture schedule and photograph of Chase)

1856, Nov. Douglass, Frederick. Rochester, N.Y.
To James W. Stone, Esq. A.L.S. 1p.

1856, Nov. 17 Douglass, Frederick. Rochester, N.Y.
To ________ _________. A.L.S. 1p.

Folder 2

1860, Feb. 18 Douglass, Frederick. Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
To George Thompson. A.L.S. 4p.

1861, Aug. 30 Douglass, Frederick. Rochester, N.Y.
To Samuel Joseph May. A.L.S. 4p.

1862, Nov. 22 Douglass, Frederick. Rochester, N.Y.
To Theodore Tilton. A.L.S. 1p.

1865, July 30 Douglass, Frederick. Rochester, N.Y.
To Lydia Maria Child. A.L.S. 3p.

1865, Sept 23 Douglass, Frederick. Rochester, N.Y.
To F.N. Buller Esquire. A.L.S. 1p.

1868, May 1 Douglass, Frederick. Rochester, N.Y.
To Sylvester Rosa Koehler. A.L.S. 4p.

1868, May 5 Douglass, Frederick. Rochester, N.Y.
To Sylvester Rosa Koehler. A.L.S. 1p.

1868, Sept. 11 Douglass, Frederick. Rochester, N.Y.
To John McIntosh. A.L.S. 1p.

1869, Apr. 24 Douglass, Frederick. Rochester, N.Y.
To ________ _________. Copy of A.L.S. 2p.

1869, May 4 Douglass, Frederick. Rochester, N.Y.
To Theodore Tilton. Copy of A.L.S. 1p.

1869, September 23 Douglass, Frederick. Rochester, New York.
To F.N. Buller Esq. A.L.S. 1p.

1869, Dec. 2 Douglass, Frederick. Rutland, Vt.
To Theodore Tilton. A.L.S. 2p.

1869, September 26 Douglass, Frederick. Rochester, New York.
To McWilliams. A.L.S. 1p.

1866, Douglass, Frederick. Rochester, New York.
To Sir. A.L.S. 1p.

1867. Douglass, Frederick.
To Elizabeth Cady Stanton. A.L.S. 1p.

Folder 3
1871, Apr. 10 Douglass, Frederick. Washington, D.C.
To Theodore Tilton. Copy of A.L.S. 1p.

1874, Sept. 1 Douglass, Frederick.
To _______ ________. Autograph sentiment signed. 1p.

1876, Oct. 17 Douglass, Frederick. Washington, D.C.
To _______ ________. A.L.S. 1p.

1877, Feb. 4 Douglass, Frederick. Milwaukee, Wis.
To _______ ________. Autographed sentiment signed. 1p.

January 2015 Accrual
1878, February 8 Douglass, Frederick. Washington, D.C.
To Reverend E. F. Strickland. Autograph letter signed. 1p.
Scope and contents: The letter states: "I very much regret that it is not in my power to accept your invitation to deliver a lecture in Milwaukee on the 17th ult. It would give me a real pleasure to do so if I could leave my post here but I cannot. Respectfully yours Fredk Douglass"

1879, May 26 Douglass, Frederick. Washington D.C.
To Charles Douglass. A.L.S. 1p.

Folder 3a

1879, June 25 Douglass, Frederick. Washington, D.C.
To Samuel Drummond Porter. A.L.S. 2p.

1879, July 7 Douglass, Frederick. Washington, D.C.
To William Alling. A.L.S. 1p.

Folder 4
1880, Jan. 6 Douglass, Frederick. Washington, D.C.
To John F. Edmunds. A.L.S. 1p.

1880, Oct. 18 Douglass, Frederick. Washington, D.C.
To David M. J. Wall. A.L.S. 1p. and envelope.

1880, Nov. 9 Douglass, Frederick. Washington, D.C.
To James McCormick Dalzell. Copy of A.L.S. 2p.

1881, Jan. 17 Douglass, Frederick. Washington, D.C.
To Joseph Dottin Husbands. Copy of A.L.S. 2p.

1882, Oct. 9 Douglass, Frederick. Washington, D.C.
To Mrs. Sara Jane (Clarke) Lippincott. A.L.S. 6p.

Folder 5
1883, May 11 Douglass, Frederick. Washington, D.C.
To Patience W. West. A.L.S. 1p.

1883, Nov. 6 Douglass, Frederick. Washington, D.C.
To Alphonso Alva Hopkins. A.L.S. 3p.

May 2015 Accrual
1883, December 3 Douglass, Frederick. Washington, D.C.
To Mr. Sherman. A.L.S. 1p.

Scope and contents: In this letter Douglass writes: "Dear Mr. Sherman, I would gladly make the loan to your brother-in-law but I have not got the amount, or near the amount required. I am just now closely invested. A few hundred dollars are all that I keep on deposit-I am glad you felt free to apply to me. It would be a service to me to invest outside the District. The personal tax here cuts down my six percent interest to four and one half percent. So that five percent in New Hampshire won't be better than six percent here. Truly Yours, Fredk. Douglass."
1884, Sept. 8 Douglass, Helen. Anacostia, D.C.
To James McCormick Dalzell. A.L.S. 1p.

1885, Jan. 8 Douglass, Frederick. Anacostia, D.C.
To Mrs. Jenny Marsh parker. A.L.S. 2p.

1885, Apr. 1 Douglass, Frederick. Washington, D.C.
To D.W. Fessenden. A.L.S. 1p.

1885, June 29 Douglass, Frederick. Washington, D.C.
To James McCormick Dalzell. Copy of A.L.S. 1p.

1885, Aug. 11 Douglass, Frederick. Washington, D.C.
To Mrs. Jenny Marsh Parker. A.L.S. 3p.

1890, Aug. 27 Douglass, Frederick.
To Ebenezer Don Carlos Bassett. A.L.S. 2p.

1891, Mar. 30 Douglass, Frederick. Port au Prince.
To Frederick Albion Ober. A.L.S. 3p.

1891, July 23 Douglass, Frederick. Anacostia, D.C.
To Lloyd Bryce. A.L.S. 2p.

1891, November 12 Douglass, Frederick. Anacostia, D.C.
To Robert Adams. L.S. 1p.

1892, April 8 Douglass, Frederick. Anacostia, D.C.
To H. Haupt. L.S. 2p. and envelope.

1895, Jan. 21 Douglass, Frederick. Anacostia, D.C.
To Adams. A.L.S. 1p.

n.d. Douglass, Frederick. Washington, D.C.
To Samuel Byram Halliday. A.L.S. 1p.

n.d. Douglass, Frederick. Anacostia, D.C.
To ________ ________. A.L.S. 1p. (fragment)

n.d. Douglass, Frederick.
To ________ ________. A.L.S. 1p. (fragment)

September 2015 accrual
n.d. Douglass, Frederick.
To George R. Lockwood and Sons. A.L.S. 2p.
Scope and contents: In this letter Douglass writes: "Sirs.your esteemed favor of 1st Nov. received here during my abscence on a lecturing tour East and this will.account to you for the delay receiving an answer. I am much obliged to you for your kind offer.to assist in the sale of my book.The book, however, is only mine in the sense that i am its author. I wrote it for Park Pub. Company Hartford Conn and they have the sole right to dispose of it.I suppose that the book will be.completed in a few days as i have.already sent to the Publishers the finishing pages. I am quite sorry to say that I seem not quite satisfied with the illustrations in in the book the price demanded for it, or the manner in which it is proposed to be sold on subscription. But the whole matter is now out of my hands. I have.been entirely out-generalled.Respectfully Fredk Douglass


Folder 5a
8 Frederick Douglass letters removed from the Porter Family Papers (A.P84)

Folder 6
DOCUMENT SIGNED BY DOUGLASS AS U.S. MARSHAL

 

 

  • Document from the Police Court of the District of Columbia ordering the arrest of John Brien for non-payment of fine for assault. November 11, 1878


DOCUMENTS SIGNED BY DOUGLASS AS RECORDER OF DEEDS

 

 

  • Deed from Moses Kelly, et al. to Frances J. Redway. March 3, 1884
  • Deed from Henry A. Willard to The Garfield Memorial Hospital. April 17, 1886
  • Deed from Abner W. Nowlin to Lewis H. Means and Jacob H. Kengla. May 1, 1886

Folder 7. PHOTOGRAPHS

 

 

  • Original photograph of Frederick Douglass taken by J. H. Kent, Rochester, New York, January 26, 1874
  • Photograph of Frederick Douglass glued to a cartoon: "Old Blowregard will soon expire, While thus he drills his shy MAN-asses, For they can never stand our fire, While they feed on Seccession grasses"
  • Carte-de-visite of Frederick Douglass published by S. H. Colesworthy, Portland, Maine, ca 1865
  • Original photograph of Frederick Douglass taken by J. H. Kent, Rochester, New York, ca 1875 (2 copies)
  • Reproduction of daguerreotype of Frederick Douglass and others at an abolitionist meeting, ca 1850. (Original at the J. Paul Getty Museum).
  • Photograph taken of the Frederick Douglass Monument, Rochester, New York by J.H. Kent, ca. 1900
  • Postcard of Frederick Douglass Monument, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Reproduction of a postcard of the Frederick Douglass Monument, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Reproduction of a photograph of Frederick Douglass, taken later in life
  • Reproduction of a souvenir photograph of President Harrison's visit to Kodak Park, Memorial Day, 1892

Folders 8-10. EPHEMERA

 

 

  • Lock of Frederick Douglass's hair, 1869
  • Chromolithograph depicting Douglass with his second wife Helen Pitts emerging from a pharmacy with a box of "Sulfer Bitters, the Great Blood Purifier," ca 1884-85
  • Wood engraving of Frederick Douglass printed in a journal at the time of his death, February 20, 1895
  • Printed keepsake from the unveiling of the Douglass Monument, June 9, 1899
  • Keepsake pin from the unveiling of the Douglass Monument, June 9, 1899
  • Paperweight with picture of Douglass Monument,1899?
  • Printed advertisement for The Authentic History of the Douglass Monument by J. W. Thomson.[1903]
  • Printed application for membership in the Frederick Douglass Relief Association, undated (ca 1910?)
  • Printed copy of the words and music for "His Name Shall Live Forever" by R. Alonzo Scott from the rededication ceremonies of the Douglass Monument in Highland Park, September 4, 1941
  • "Red, Black and Blue", artist's rendering of Frederick Douglass on the American flag.
  • Postage stamps and "currency" featuring Frederick Douglass
  • Commemorative Douglass coin issued for the sesquicentennial celebrations of Rochester, NY, 1984
  • Frederick Douglass finger puppet and fridge magnet, ca2000
  • Frederick Douglass trading card in lucite case ("The World's Champions" series published by Topps Co, 2008)
  • "A Sky With More Stars; Suite for Frederick Douglass." Compact disk recording featuring The Tyrone Brown Ensemble and narration by Paul Burgett. Music compositions by Tyrone Brown; words by Frederick Douglass. Dreambox Media, 2009.


Box 2:

Two souvenir sterling silver spoons. One with embossed image of Frederick Douglass and words "Born 1817 Maryland" inscribed; and a second with embossed image of Frederick Douglass and words "Fred'k Douglass" inscribed, the smaller spoon is believed to be designed and produced by William H. Purdy and Leonard C. Peters, 1895. The larger spoon has no identifiable maker.
Digitized images of the two spoons: Spoon 1: "Born 1817 Maryland"; Back of "Born 1817 Maryland";
Fred'k Douglass.
Bound Volumes

 

 

  • The Works of Robert Burns, the first book Douglass purchased after escaping from slavery
  • Mary Fish Curtis's autograph album, with Douglass sentiment


 

Other

 

 

  • The Union and Advertiser, Rochester, NY. March 2, 1895. Newspaper account of Douglass's death and funeral. Map case, Alcove 4.