53 containers plus 1 oversize.
34 microfilm reels.
19.4. linear feet.
Arranged in eleven series. Series 1: Diary, 1886-1894; Series 2: Family Papers, 1859-1903; Series 3: General Correspondence, 1841-1912; Series 4: Subject File, 1845-1939; Series 5: Speech, Article, and Book File, 1846-1894; Series 6: Financial Papers, 1847-1928; Series 7: Legal File, 1843-1900; Series 8: Miscellany, 1870-1924; Series 9: Addition I, 1851-1964; Series 10: Addition II, 1846-1967; and Series 11: Oversize, 1869-1895.
Correspondence, diary (1886-1887), speeches, articles, manuscript of Douglass's autobiography, financial and legal papers, newspaper clippings, and other papers relating primarily to his interest in social, educational, and economic reform; his career as lecturer and writer; his travels to Africa and Europe (1886-1887); his publication of the North Star, an abolitionist newspaper, in Rochester, N.Y. (1847-1851); and his role as commissioner (1892-1893) in charge of the Haiti Pavilion at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Subjects include civil rights, emancipation, problems encountered by freedmen and slaves, a proposed American naval station in Haiti, national politics, and women's rights. Includes material relating to family affairs and Cedar Hill, Douglass's residence in Anacostia, Washington, D.C..
Correspondents include Susan B. Anthony, Ottilie Assing, Harriet A. Bailey, Ebenezer D. Bassett, James Gillespie Blaine, Henry W. Blair, Blanche Kelso Bruce, Mary Browne Carpenter, Russell Lant Carpenter, William E. Chandler, James Sullivan Clarkson, Grover Cleveland, William Eleroy Curtis, George T. Downing, Rosine Ame Draz, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Timothy Thomas Fortune, Henry Highland Garnet, William Lloyd Garrison, Martha W. Greene, Julia Griffiths, John Marshall Harlan, Benjamin Harrison, George Frisbie Hoar, J. Sella Martin, Parker Pillsbury, Jeremiah Eames Rankin, Robert Smalls, Gerrit Smith, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Theodore Tilton, John Van Voorhis, Henry O. Wagoner, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett.
Abolitionist, diplomat, journalist, and orator; born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey; changed name to Frederick Douglass after his escape from slavery in 1838.
Includes correspondence of Douglass's first wife, Anna Murray Douglass, and their children, Rosetta Douglass Sprague and Lewis Douglass; a biographical sketch of Anna Murray Douglass by Sprague; papers of his second wife, Helen Pitts Douglass; material relating to his grandson, violinist Joseph H. Douglass; and correspondence with members of the Webb and Richardson families of England who collected money to buy Douglass's freedom.
Open to research.
Restrictions may apply to unprocessed material.
Frederick Douglass papers available through the Library of Congress Web site at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/collmss.ms000009.
Microfilm edition available, no. 10,997 & no. 16,377.
Microfilm edition (no. 10,997) produced from originals at the Frederick Douglass Memorial Home. Material on this microfilm later transferred to Library of Congress Manuscript Division and included in Microfilm 16,377 Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1945.
Microfilm edition (no. 16,377) produced from originals in the Manuscript Division Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1975.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Collection material in English.
Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room and at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/eadmss.ms000009.
Index to correspondents in the General Correspondence series (containers 3-12) and Addition I series (container 48) available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room and at http://www.loc.gov/rr/mss/text/douglass_corresp_index.pdf.