Abolitionist Stationery

If you help transcribe abolitionist letters at the Anti-Slavery Manuscripts Project, you will come across a few letters that are printed on interesting stationery. Some abolitionists wrote their personal letters on letterhead with anti-slavery drawings. Sometimes, they used this stationery strategically when writing to individuals who held opposing views on emancipation. In a letter to…
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The Anti-slavery Fair

Female abolitionists played a key role in the abolitionist movement. In 1833, a group of Boston women decided to form their own organization. It was called the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society, and it had both white and black members. The organization looked for ways to support the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society (a local branch of the…
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Featured Image: Orders to Issac Hull, 1798-1812

Title: Hull. Isaac. Orders to him, 1798-1812 Date: 1798-1812 Location: Unknown Creator: Unknown Source: USS Constitution Museum Collection: Isaac Hull Papers, 1791-1862 Description: Isaac Hull was the captain of the USS Constitution during the War of 1812.  Here is a single page from a notebook recording his official orders as he received them.  On June 18th…
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The Liberator

  From 1831 to 1865, William Lloyd Garrison, a vocal white abolitionist, edited a weekly newspaper, titled The Liberator, in Boston, Massachusetts. When other abolitionists supported a slow end to slavery, Garrison vowed from the very first issue of The Liberator to “strenuously contend for the immediate enfranchisement of our slave populations,” which was a…
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Featured Image: Japanese Cork-tree in Jamaica Plain

Title: Phellodendron japonicum Massachusetts (Jamaica Plain) Date: November 29, 1923 Location: Boston, Massachusetts Creator: Wilson, Ernest Henry, 1876-1930 Source: Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library Collection: Ernest Wilson's New England Trees Description: Ernest Henry Wilson was one of the foremost plant explorers of the twentieth century. From 1899 to 1922, he conducted many expeditions to eastern Asia and collected…
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Featured Image: Boston University Biology lab pigeon bucket

Title: Boston University: Biology lab pigeon bucket, Charles River, Boston  Date: 1975 Location: Boston, Massachusetts Creator: Grant, Spencer, 1944- Source: Boston Public Library Collection: Spencer Grant Collection Description: Spencer Grant was employed as a freelance photographer for a variety of clients including UPI (United Press International), The Boston Globe, Time magazine, Boston magazine, and Esquire magazine. The…
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The American Anti-Slavery Almanac

When transcribing letters from the Anti-Slavery Manuscripts project, you may come across letters in which important figures, such as Lydia Maria Child, discuss the American Anti-Slavery Almanac. On June 20, 1860, Child wrote to William Lloyd Garrison about an almanac they planned to publish, asking Garrison, “How many pages do you propose to have?...If you…
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Featured Image: Henry and Edna

Title: Henry and Edna Date: [ca. 1902–1927] Location: Longmeadow, Massachusetts Creator: Emerson, Paesiello Source: Longmeadow Historical Society Collection: Emerson Collection Description: Paesiello Emerson was a longtime resident of Longmeadow, Massachusetts when he took up photography as a hobby at the age of 70 in 1902.  He photographed many of his neighbors and the buildings around…
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Featured Image: Handcuffs from Lenox jail

Title: Handcuffs from Lenox jail  Date: [ca. 1900–1939] Location: Lenox, Massachusetts Creator: Unknown Source: Lenox Historical Society Collection: Lenox Historical Society Collection Description: Little is known about these handcuffs.  They were found in the Lenox jailhouse and are believed to come from the early 20th century. Digitized by the Boston Public Library for Digital Commonwealth as part…
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