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Discovering 19th Century Civil Rights

Primary Sources

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

  Black Abolitionist Papers: 1830-1865 (ProQuest)

  America’s Historical Newspapers: 1690-1922 (Readex)

  Historical New York Times: 1851-2013 (ProQuest)

  Black Abolitionist Papers (Trial ends October 14, 2011)

  American Founding Era (Rotunda)

  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

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 Online (Oxford)

Biographical Information

  American National Biography Online (Oxford)

  African American Studies Center Online (Oxford)

  Biography and Genealogy Master Index (Gale)

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 (OCLC)

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
Books and book chapters in the Library's print collection are an important source of critical literature. Take advantage of the different search options available in the library's catalog. Start with a keyword search and use the hyper-linked subjects to further narrow your search results. Facets can also be used to limit search results. Topic, region, era, and language are some of the available facets.
Subject search: African American abolitionists
Subject search: Abolitionists and "Civil Rights"


WorldCat (OCLC)
Find books that are not owned by the library and request them via interlibrary loan. Titles owned by Falvey Memorial Library are tagged, those not held by Falvey can be requested through interlibrary loan with the "Borrow from another library" link. WorldCat uses the same Library of Congress subject headings as the Library's catalog. Use the Export feature to download selected references into RefWorks.

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.

Citing Your Sources


  Refworks Tutorial

  Chicago Manual of Style Online

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