Frederick Douglass Papers

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Collection Overview
Title: Frederick Douglass Papers
Creator: Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895
Call Number: A.D74
Dates: circa 1818-1895
Physical Description: 2 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation

Access
The Frederick Douglass Papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduScope and Content
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.

Subject(s):
Antislavery movements
African American press
Correspondence
Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895
Tilton, Theodore, 1835-1907
Parker, Jenny Marsh, 1836-1913
Porter, Samuel Drummond, 1808-1881
African American journalists
Journalists
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Acquired from various donors and purchases.Citation
[Item title, item date], Frederick Douglass Papers, A.D74, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Material
Please Note: Frederick Douglass letters are also located in the Isaac and Amy Post Family Papers . Choose "Search RBSCP" above to locate additional materials.

Please Note: Frederick Douglass letters are also located in the Porter Family Papers . Choose "Search RBSCP" above to locate additional materials.

For 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.


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
Address:
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Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
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Revision Information
2016-12: EAD revision
Content List
Box 1Letters, Documents, Photographs and Ephemera
Folder 1Letters
To Anna Richardson. A.L.S., 1846, August 19
4 pages

To Samuel J. May. A.L.S., 1847, September 27
2 pages

To Amy Post. A.L.S., 1847, October 28
1 page

To George Armstrong. A.L.S., 1848, March 10
2 pages

To W.M. Rattery. A.L.S., 1849, August 27
1 page

To Hiram Wilson. A.L.S., 1851, March 13
3 pages

To Frederick A. Chase. A.L.S. (With accompanying lecture schedule and photograph of Chase), 1855, November 8
2 pages

To James W. Stone, Esq. A.L.S., 1856, November
1 page

To ________ _________. A.L.S., 1856, November 17
1 page

To Lewis Tappan, Esquire. A.L.S., 1854, March 28
In this letter Douglass accepts Tappan’s invitation to address the American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society held in New York, in May 1854.
1 page
2016

Folder 2Letters
To George Thompson. A.L.S., 1860, February 18
4 pages

To Samuel Joseph May. A.L.S., 1861, August 30
4 pages

To Theodore Tilton. A.L.S., 1862, November 22
1 page

To Lydia Maria Child. A.L.S., 1865, July 30
3 pages

To F.N. Buller Esquire. A.L.S., 1865, September 23
1 page

To Sylvester Rosa Koehler. A.L.S., 1868, May 1
4 pages

To Sylvester Rosa Koehler. A.L.S., 1868, May 5
1 page

To John McIntosh. A.L.S., 1868, September 11
1 page

To ________ _________. Copy of A.L.S., 1869, April 24
2 pages

To Theodore Tilton. Copy of A.L.S., 1869, May 4
1 page

To F.N. Buller Esq. A.L.S., 1869, September 23
1 page

To Theodore Tilton. A.L.S., 1869, December 2
2 pages

To McWilliams. A.L.S., 1869, September 26
1 page

To Sir. A.L.S., 1866
1 page

To Elizabeth Cady Stanton. A.L.S., 1867
1 page

To C. B. Campbell Esquire. A.L.S., 1865, October 6
In this letter Douglass addresses Campbell’s speaking invitation to Vineland, during an upcoming Pacific coast lecture tour.
1 page
2016

Folder 3Letters
To Theodore Tilton. Copy of A.L.S., 1871, April 10
1 page

To M.A. Briggs. A.L.S., 1871, November 3
In this letter Douglass writes: "Dear Madame: I prefer to deliver my lecture on Santo Domingo in Norton. It will meet the requirements contained in your letter as well as anything I shall be able to say. It is now more than thirty years since I lectured in Norton and I can probably repeat myself without being called to account by my juvenile audience. Hoping that you will secure a larger attendance than you seem to hope- I am respectfully yours Frederick Douglass-"
1 page

To President Ulysses S. Grant. A.L.S., 1871, December 13
In this letter Bristow commends the President for his choice in appoint Frederick Douglass as assistant Secretary to the Santo Domingo Commission.
3 pages
2016

To _______ ________. Autograph sentiment signed., 1874, September 1
1 page

To _______ ________. A.L.S., 1876, October 17
1 page

To _______ ________. Autographed sentiment signed., 1877, February 4
1 page

To Reverend E. F. Strickland. Autograph letter signed., 1878, February 8
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"
1 page
January 2015 Accrual

To Charles Douglass. A.L.S., 1879, May 26
1 page

Folder 3aLetters
To Samuel Drummond Porter. A.L.S., 1879, June 25
2 pages

To William Alling. A.L.S., 1879, July 7
1 page

Folder 4Letters
To John F. Edmunds. A.L.S., 1880, January 6
1 page

To David M. J. Wall. A.L.S., 1880, October 18
1 page and envelope

To James McCormick Dalzell. Copy of A.L.S., 1880, November 9
2 pages

To Joseph Dottin Husbands. Copy of A.L.S., 1881, January 17
2 pages

To Mrs. Sara Jane (Clarke) Lippincott. A.L.S., 1882, October 9
6 pages

Folder 5Letters
To Patience W. West. A.L.S., 1883, May 11
1 page

To Alphonso Alva Hopkins. A.L.S., 1883, November 6
3 pages

To Mr. Sherman. A.L.S., 1883, December 3
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."
1 page
May 2015 Accrual

To James McCormick Dalzell. A.L.S., 1884, September 8
1 page

To Mrs. Jenny Marsh parker. A.L.S., 1885, January 8
2 pages

To D.W. Fessenden. A.L.S., 1885, April 1
1 page

To James McCormick Dalzell. Copy of A.L.S., 1885, June 29
1 page

To Mrs. Jenny Marsh Parker. A.L.S., 1885, August 11
3 pages

To Ebenezer Don Carlos Bassett. A.L.S., 1890, August 27
2 pages

To Frederick Albion Ober. A.L.S., 1891, March 30
3 pages

To Lloyd Bryce. A.L.S., 1891, July 23
2 pages

To Robert Adams. L.S., 1891, November 12
1 page

To H. Haupt. L.S., 1892, April 8
2 pages and envelope

To Adams. A.L.S., 1895, January 21
1 page

To Samuel Byram Halliday. A.L.S.
1 page

To ________ ________. A.L.S.
1 page (fragment)

To ________ ________. A.L.S.
1 page (fragment)

To George R. Lockwood and Sons. A.L.S.
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
2 pages
September 2015 accrual

Folder 5aLetters
Immediate Source of Acquisition 8 Frederick Douglass letters removed from the Porter Family Papers (A.P84)

Folder 6Document 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
Folder 6Documents 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 7Photographs
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, circa 1865 Original photograph of Frederick Douglass taken by J. H. Kent, Rochester, New York, (2 copies), circa 1875 Reproduction of daguerreotype of Frederick Douglass and others at an abolitionist meeting, ., circa 1850
Original at the J. Paul Getty Museum

Photograph taken of the Frederick Douglass Monument, Rochester, New York by J.H. Kent, circa 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
Folder 8-10Ephemera
Lock of Frederick Douglass's hair, 1869 Lithograph of Frederick Douglass, engraved by J. C. Buttre, used as the frontis piece in Douglass’s autobiography, circa 1845
May 2016

Lithograph of Frederick Douglass, engraved by A. H. Ritchie, used as the frontis piece in Douglass’s autobiography, circa 1860
May 2016

Chromolithograph depicting Douglass with his second wife Helen Pitts emerging from a pharmacy with a box of "Sulfer Bitters, the Great Blood Purifier," circa 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 (circa 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, circa 2000 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 2Spoons and Bound Volumes
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, . The larger spoon has no identifiable maker., 1895 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
Box 3Other
The Union and Advertiser, Rochester, NY. . Newspaper account of Douglass's death and funeral., March 2, 1895
Map case, Alcove 4.

Charles Wells etching of Frederick Douglass, 1986
Immediate Source of Acquisition This item was purchased in 2016.
This item is located in Alcove 8, Cabinet 2, Drawer 9



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