Primary Sources

  African American Newspapers: The 19th Century (Accessible Archives)

  Black Abolitionist Papers (ProQuest)

  America’s Historical Newspapers (Readex)

  New York Times: 1851- (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

  American Periodicals (ProQuest)

  Pennsylvania Abolition Society Papers

  U.S. Congressional Serial Set: 1817–1994 (Readex)

  Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819 (Readex)

  Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 (Gale)

  Making of the Modern World, Part I, 1450-1850 (Gale)

Autobiographies, diaries, letters & other primary sources from the library's print collection
Search the library's catalog for primary sources. Here are some examples:

Author search - Frederick Douglass ; Alexander Crummell ; Henry Box Brown
Subject search - abolitionists and speeches
  African American Studies Center (Oxford University Press)

Biographical Information

  American National Biography Online (Oxford University Press)

  African American Studies Center (Oxford University Press)

Biographical Information in the Library's Print Collection

Search by subject or keyword.
Use personal names such as William Still or search for "African American abolitionists."

  WorldCat (FirstSearch)

Biographical Information from Obituaries

Search the libraries digital newspapers for obituaries of African American abolitionists.

  Pennsylvania Abolition Society and Society of Friends Manuscript Census Schedules, 1838, 1847, 1856

Critical Studies/Secondary Literature

Falvey Library Catalog
The Library's catalog enables patrons to search & browse Falvey Memorial Library’s collection of books, journals, audio/video materials, electronic resources and more.

WorldCat (FirstSearch)
Presents a combined catalog of the catalogs of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form.
WorldCat Step-by-Step is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.

America: History and Life (EBSCO)
A complete bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.
Subjects include \"African American abolitionists,\" \"African Americans - Colonization,\" \"Antislavery movements,\" and \"Blacks.\"

Dissertations and Theses Global (ProQuest)
Start with a simple keyword search for \"Black Abolitionists.\"
Most of the recent dissertations are available full text online. Scan the bibliographies for additional primary and secondary sources.