Selected Databases

Online Collections

Black Abolitionist Papers This primary source collection presents the international impact of African American activism against slavery, in the writings and publications of the activists themselves. Covering the period 1830-1865, the approximately 15,000 articles, documents, correspondence, proceedings, manuscripts, and literary works of almost 300 Black abolitionists show the full range of their activities in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, France and Germany.

Slavery & Anti-slavery: A Transnational  Archive Slavery and Anti-Slavery includes collections on the transatlantic slave trade, the global movement for the abolition of slavery, the legal, personal, and economic aspects of the slavery system, and the dynamics of emancipation in the U.S. as well as in Latin America, the Caribbean, and other regions.

American Memory Digital collections at the Library of Congress

Making of Ameica  Digitized 19th century books and periodicals.

North American Women's Letters and Diaries: Colonial to 1950 

 Hathi Trust Digital Library Allows searching full text of recent copyrighted materials as well as pdfs of older public domain works.