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African American History Collection, 1729-1966 (bulk 1781-1865)

Collection Overview

The African American History Collection is comprised of individual letters, documents, and other manuscript items from the William L. Clements Library relating to slavery, abolition movements, and various aspects of African American life, largely dating between 1781 and 1865.

NOTE:  This collection contains only individual items that are not a part of larger bodies of papers.  Please also search the Clements Library's finding aids and catalog records for an abundance of additional papers, books, maps, and visual materials pertinent to African American history.

Digitized Collection Contents

Access to Original Materials

This collection is comprised of digital surrogates of original materials held by the William L. Clements Library. To access the original items, please consult the collection's finding aid (linked from the menu above) and see the Clements Library website to plan your visit.