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The nucleus of this collection was presented to the Library in the late 1890’s by the family of William Lloyd Garrison and from other individuals involved in the anti-slavery movement. Artifacts, books, documents, letters, and pamphlets from Boston Reformer Wendell Phillips, 50 volumes of letters and papers of orator and abolitionist leader William Lloyd Garrison, dating from the 1830’s through the 1870’s totaling more than 16,000 items. The collection also contains daguerreotypes of several abolitionists, the papers of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society, the Weston sisters, Lydia Maria Child, Samuel Joseph May, and John Bishop Estlin are featured. Other items include the Liberator account book; records of the American, New England, and Massachusetts Anti-Slavery societies; scrapbooks concerning Anthony Burns and John Brown; and the files of Ziba B. Oakes, a slave broker from Charleston, South Carolina.

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Rare Books & Manuscripts Department
McKim Building, 3rd Floor
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
617-536-5400, ext. 2225
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