Frederick Douglass Papers

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Collection Overview
Title: Frederick Douglass Papers
Call Number: A.D74
Dates: circa 1846-1895 [bulk]; 1846-2018
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
Abolitionists
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 and newspapers 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:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
URL: http://www.library.rochester.edu/rbscp


Revision Information
2016-12: EAD revision

Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 11846-1858
Frederick Douglass to Anna Richardson, August 19, 1846
4 pages

Frederick Douglass to Samuel J. May, September 27, 1847
2 pages

Frederick Douglass to Amy Post, October 28, 1847
1 page

F. W. Holland to Col. Moses Long, November 22, 1847
1 page

Samuel J. May to George Armstrong, March 10, 1848
2 pages

Frederick Douglass to W. M. Rattery, August 27, 1849
1 page

George Thompson to Hiram Wilson, March 13, 1851
3 pages

Frederick Douglass to Lewis Tappan, March 28, 1854
1 page

Frederick Douglass to Frederick A. Chase, November 8, 1855
1 page

Frederick Douglass to James W. Stone, November, 1856
1 page

Frederick Douglass to unknown recipient, November 17, 1856
1 page

Box 1, Folder 21860-1869
Frederick Douglass to George Thompson, February 18, 1860
4 pages

Frederick Douglass to Samuel J. May, August 30, 1861
4 pages

Frederick Douglass to Theodore Tilton, November 22, 1862
1 page

Frederick Douglass to Lydia Maria Child, July 30, 1865
3 pages

Frederick Douglass to C. B. Campbell, October 6, 1865
1 page

Frederick Douglass to unknown recipient, 1866
1 page

Frederick Douglass to Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Autograph sentiment signed by both, 1867
1 page

Frederick Douglass to Sylvester Rosa Koehler, May 1, 1868
4 pages

Frederick Douglass to Sylvester Rosa Koehler, May 5, 1868
1 page

Frederick Douglass to John McIntosh, September 11, 1868
1 page

Frederick Douglass to F. N. Bullen, September 23, 1869
1 page

Frederick Douglass to McWilliams, September 26, 1869
1 page

Frederick Douglass to Theodore Tilton, December 2, 1869
2 pages

Box 1, Folder 31871-1882
Frederick Douglass to M. A. Briggs, November 3, 1871
1 page

Benjamin Harris Brewster to President Ulysses S. Grant, December 3, 1871
3 pages

Frederick Douglass to unknown recipient. Autograph sentiment, September 1, 1874
1 page

Frederick Douglass to unknown recipient, October 17, 1876
1 page

Frederick Douglass to unknown recipient. Autograph sentiment, February 4, 1877
1 page

Frederick Douglass to E. F. Strickland, February 8, 1878
1 page

Frederick Douglass to Charles Douglass, May 26, 1879
1 page

Frederick Douglass to William Alling, July 7, 1879
1 page

Frederick Douglass to John F. Edmunds, January 6, 1880
1 page

Frederick Douglass to Mrs. Sara Jane (Clarke) Lippincott, October 9, 1882
6 pages

Box 1, Folder 41883-1895
Frederick Douglass to Patience W. West, May 11, 1883
1 page

Frederick Douglass to Alphonso Alva Hopkins, November 6, 1883
3 pages

Frederick Douglass to Mr. Sherman, December 3, 1883
1 page

Helen Douglass to James McCormick Dalzell, September 3, 1884
1 page

Frederick Douglass to Jenny Marsh Parker, January 8, 1885
2 pages

Frederick Douglass to D. W. Fessenden, April 1, 1885
1 page

Frederick Douglass to Jenny Marsh Parker, August 11, 1885
3 pages

Frederick Douglass to Ebenezer Don Carlos Bassett, August 27, 1890
2 pages

Frederick Douglass to Frederick A. Ober, March 30, 1891
3 pages

Frederick Douglass to Lloyd Bryce, July 23, 1891
2 pages

Frederick Douglass to Robert Adams, November 12, 1891
1 page

Frederick Douglass to H. Haupt, April 8, 1892
2 pages and envelope

Frederick Douglass to [Robert] Adams, January 21, 1895
1 page

Series II: Legal Documents
Box 1, 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
Box 1, 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. C. Nowlin and wife Louisa N. Nowlin to Lewis D. Means and Jacob H. Kengla, May 1, 1886
Series III: Images
Box 1, Folder 7Photographs
Photograph of a postcard of the Douglass Monument, Rochester, N.Y., n.d. Photograph of Frederick Douglass by an unknown photographer glued to a cartoon, n.d. Carte-de-visite of Frederick Douglass published by S. H. Colesworthy, Portland, Maine, circa 1865 Photographic cabinet card of Frederick Douglass taken by J. H. Kent, Rochester, New York, January 26, 1874
2 copies and an undated photographic copy of the image.

Souvenir photograph of guests, including Frederick Douglass, at President Harrison's visit to Kodak Park, Memorial Day, 1892 Photographic cabinet card of the Frederick Douglass Monument taken by J. H. Kent, Rochester, New York, circa 1900
Series IV: Ephemera


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