Monday, June 8, 2015

Issues of Frederick Douglass' Paper

I've been meaning to post this for maybe two or three years. I'm a bit slow. I've also realized only last week that this blog's time zone was still set to Irish Summer Time, such as Ireland has a summer time.

Anyway, here is the point of the post:

No known full runs of the North Star or Frederick Douglass' Paper exist in any repository, microfilm edition, or database. Readex's America's Historical Newspapers  and African American Newspapers databases have some, but your library has to have a subscription. St. John Fisher College in Rochester has a few, which they have kindly digitized through New York Heritage Digital Collections, which is accessible to the public. You can find them here.They also include issues of Douglass' Monthly, full runs of which are available through academic libraries in print facsimiles, and the New National Era, full runs of which are available in microfilm through academic libraries.

Their collection also includes several other antislavery papers. One, The Radical Abolitionist, was edited by William Goodell, who was minister of the church in Honeoye (not that he was actually that was ordained) attended by Helen Pitts' family.

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