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Letter from Frederick Douglass, Limerick, [Ireland], to Richard Davis Webb, 10th, Nov., 1845

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Limerick, [Ireland], to Richard Davis ...

Frederick Douglass writes to R.D. Webb that accompanying Wright would be detrimental to their success due to their differences. He says that his mission is purely anti-slavery one, whereas Wright is a reformer ... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Belfast [Ireland], to Richard Davis Webb, 20th, Dec-1845

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Belfast [Ireland], to Richard Davis We...

Frederick Douglass describes in detail his visit to Birmingham, where he attended “the Anniversary [meeting] of the B[i]rmingham temperance society." He met many people and was invited to speak, although the co... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Belfast [Ireland], to Richard Davis Webb, 24 Dec. 1845

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Belfast [Ireland], to Richard Davis We...

Douglass acknowledges receiving 50 books from Webb, and talks about letters of introduction and recommendation he is working to obtain from various people. He reports about the meetings he is having in the Inde... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Belfast, [Ireland], to Richard Davis Webb, 5th, Dec., 1845

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Belfast, [Ireland], to Richard Davis W...

Frederick Douglass describes his arrival at Belfast. He says he expects some difficulties there since the Methodist ministers in Cork and Dublin wrote to Belfast against him. He then talks about the possibility... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Belfast [Ireland], to Richard Davis Webb, [December 20, 1845]

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Belfast [Ireland], to Richard Davis We...

Frederick Douglass asks R.D. Webb to send him fifty books, [possibly fifty copies of "A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave"]. He also says he is enclosing a note that he wrote in has... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Belfast [Ireland], to Richard Davis Webb, 6th, December 1845

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Belfast [Ireland], to Richard Davis We...

Frederick Douglass says he thinks he should stay in Belfast longer than planned to make a real impact, and asks Webb to release him from the Birmingham engagement. The morning’s paper “took a favorable notice” ... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Liverpool [England], to Richard Davis Webb, 14th, Dec. [1845]

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Liverpool [England], to Richard Davis ...

Frederick Douglass describes a difficult visit to the “H--” family. He says that Jesse H.’s “warm and friendly manner .. induced in [Douglass himself], a pang of regret for the course of action [he] had seen fi... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Belfast [Ireland], to Richard Davis Webb, 7 Dec. [1845]

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Belfast [Ireland], to Richard Davis We...

Frederick Douglass asks R. D. Webb to send him 50 copies of ["A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave"] so that he can sell them. He says he thinks it would be better to break his Birmi... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Limerick, [Ireland], to Richard Davis Webb, 16th, Nov., 1845

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Limerick, [Ireland], to Richard Davis ...

Frederick Douglass asks R.D. Webb to set a time for the upcoming Birmingham meeting. He then says he has to break the Dublin engagement due to schedule conflicts. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Belfast [Ireland], to Richard Davis Webb, 7 Dec. [1845]

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Belfast [Ireland], to Richard Davis We...

Frederick Douglass asks R. D. Webb to send him 50 copies of ["A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave"] so that he can sell them. He says he thinks it would be better to break his Birmi... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Glasgow [Scotland], to Richard Davis Webb, [April 25, 1846]

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Glasgow [Scotland], to Richard Davis W...

Frederick Douglass thanks R.D. Webb for sending him a detailed statement of account. He says he will transmit the sum necessary to pay what he owes Webb. He then reports on meetings at Glasgow, and talks about ... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Dundee (Scotland), to Francis Jackson, 29th Jan. 1846

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Dundee (Scotland), to Francis Jackson,...

Frederick Douglass thanks Francis Jackson for his many kindness, and discusses historical interests of old Scotland. He is travelling with J.N. Buffum, attending meetings (“of the most soul cheering character”)... more

Partial letter from Frederick Douglass, 10 Salisbury Road, [Edinburgh?, Scotland], to William Lloyd Garrison, [Oct. 1846]

Partial letter from Frederick Douglass, 10 Salisbury Road, [Edinburgh?...

Frederick Douglass writes to William Lloyd Garrison "to tell thee my good wishes go with thee, and to express the sorrow I felt in parting from one, whom I not only esteem but love." Their were many benefits fr... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Belfast, [Northern Ireland], to William Lloyd Garrison, [Jan. 1, 1846]

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Belfast, [Northern Ireland], to Willia...

Frederick Douglass compares his reception in Europe with that of the United States. He tells about his visit to Eton Hall. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Perth [Scotland], to Richard Davis Webb, Jan 20th 1846

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Perth [Scotland], to Richard Davis Web...

Frederick Douglass says he agrees with R.D. Webb’s with regards to the alteration to be made on the second edition of his book, [“Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave”], as long as the... more

Partial letter from Frederick Douglass, 10 Salisbury Road, [Edinburgh?, Scotland], to William Lloyd Garrison, [Oct. 1846]

Partial letter from Frederick Douglass, 10 Salisbury Road, [Edinburgh?...

Frederick Douglass writes to William Lloyd Garrison "to tell thee my good wishes go with thee, and to express the sorrow I felt in parting from one, whom I not only esteem but love." Their were many benefits fr... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Glasgow [Scotland], to Richard Davis Webb, 20, April 1846

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Glasgow [Scotland], to Richard Davis W...

Frederick Douglass asks R.D. Webb to clarify the statement of account he sent to him. Douglass believes he has settled all the debts that he owed to Webb. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Letter from Frederick Douglass, [Glasgow [Scotland], to Richard Davis Webb, [April 16? 1846]

Letter from Frederick Douglass, [Glasgow [Scotland], to Richard Davis ...

Frederick Douglass acknowledges the reception of Webb’s letter and the books Webb sent. He says that he still does not like the new portrait of himself. Pointing out that Webb was the first to advise to obtain ... more

Partial letter from Frederick Douglass, 10 Salisbury Road, [Edinburgh?, Scotland], to William Lloyd Garrison, [Oct. 1846]

Partial letter from Frederick Douglass, 10 Salisbury Road, [Edinburgh?...

Frederick Douglass writes to William Lloyd Garrison "to tell thee my good wishes go with thee, and to express the sorrow I felt in parting from one, whom I not only esteem but love." Their were many benefits fr... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Kilmarnock (Scotland), to Richard Davis Webb, 29 March 1846

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Kilmarnock (Scotland), to Richard Davi...

Frederick Douglass writes to R.D. Webb that he has not written to him for a few weeks because he had nothing of importance to report. He thanks Webb for the books, the Liberty Bell with a note from Maria Chapma... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Edinburgh [Scotland], to Samuel Hanson Cox, 20th Octr. 1846

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Edinburgh [Scotland], to Samuel Hanson...

Frederick Douglass says he writes to Samuel H. Cox with two objects: to deny the charges Cox made of Douglass’s conduct at the World Temperance Convention held in London in August 1846; and to review of Cox’s c... more

Partial letter from Frederick Douglass, 10 Salisbury Road, [Edinburgh?, Scotland], to William Lloyd Garrison, [Oct. 1846]

Partial letter from Frederick Douglass, 10 Salisbury Road, [Edinburgh?...

Frederick Douglass writes to William Lloyd Garrison "to tell thee my good wishes go with thee, and to express the sorrow I felt in parting from one, whom I not only esteem but love." Their were many benefits fr... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Aberdeen [Scotland], to Richard Davis Webb, 2d March 1846

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Aberdeen [Scotland], to Richard Davis ...

Frederick Douglass makes a request to R.D. Webb that he send more [copies of “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave”] to Glasgow, where he will spend several days. He then gives plans f... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Dundee [Scotland], to Richard Davis Webb, 10th Feb. 1846

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Dundee [Scotland], to Richard Davis We...

Frederick Douglass reports to R.D. Webb about a successful meeting he had in Dundee. He says that the Free church of Scotland had been dismissive of the abolitionists’ efforts until recently, but finally publis... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Edinburgh [Scotland], to Samuel Hanson Cox, 20th Octr. 1846

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Edinburgh [Scotland], to Samuel Hanson...

Frederick Douglass says he writes to Samuel H. Cox with two objects: to deny the charges Cox made of Douglass’s conduct at the World Temperance Convention held in London in August 1846; and to review of Cox’s c... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, London, to Elizabeth Pease Nichol, 3d March 1847

Letter from Frederick Douglass, London, to Elizabeth Pease Nichol, 3d ...

Frederick Douglass writes to Elizabeth Pease to express his pleasure at her attention and welcome. He says the Darlington meeting was disappointing, and then talks about upcoming events. He says her brother sho... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, London, to Elizabeth Pease Nichol, 3d March 1847

Letter from Frederick Douglass, London, to Elizabeth Pease Nichol, 3d ...

Frederick Douglass writes to Elizabeth Pease to express his pleasure at her attention and welcome. He says the Darlington meeting was disappointing, and then talks about upcoming events. He says her brother sho... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, London, to Elizabeth Pease Nichol, 3d March 1847

Letter from Frederick Douglass, London, to Elizabeth Pease Nichol, 3d ...

Frederick Douglass writes to Elizabeth Pease to express his pleasure at her attention and welcome. He says the Darlington meeting was disappointing, and then talks about upcoming events. He says her brother sho... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, London, to Elizabeth Pease Nichol, 3d March 1847

Letter from Frederick Douglass, London, to Elizabeth Pease Nichol, 3d ...

Frederick Douglass writes to Elizabeth Pease to express his pleasure at her attention and welcome. He says the Darlington meeting was disappointing, and then talks about upcoming events. He says her brother sho... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, London, to Elizabeth Pease Nichol, 3d March 1847

Letter from Frederick Douglass, London, to Elizabeth Pease Nichol, 3d ...

Frederick Douglass writes to Elizabeth Pease to express his pleasure at her attention and welcome. He says the Darlington meeting was disappointing, and then talks about upcoming events. He says her brother sho... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, London, to Elizabeth Pease Nichol, 3d March 1847

Letter from Frederick Douglass, London, to Elizabeth Pease Nichol, 3d ...

Frederick Douglass writes to Elizabeth Pease to express his pleasure at her attention and welcome. He says the Darlington meeting was disappointing, and then talks about upcoming events. He says her brother sho... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, London, to Elizabeth Pease Nichol, 11 March 1847

Letter from Frederick Douglass, London, to Elizabeth Pease Nichol, 11 ...

Frederick Douglass writes to Elizabeth Pease to give his address. He then gives an open date for another meeting in Darlington. He says he does not want to leave the country before having a fair opportunity to ... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to Francis Jackson, 5 Jan, 1848

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to Francis Jackson, ...

Frederick Douglass writes to Jackson Francis that he is grateful for his kindness. After discussing some bills to be paid, he says he has a short notice in for the week’s North Star of Theodore Parker’s letter ... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to Francis Jackson, 5 Jan, 1848

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to Francis Jackson, ...

Frederick Douglass writes to Jackson Francis that he is grateful for his kindness. After discussing some bills to be paid, he says he has a short notice in for the week’s North Star of Theodore Parker’s letter ... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to Francis Jackson, 17th March 1848

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to Francis Jackson, ...

Frederick Douglass thanks Jackson Francis for his donation. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to Elizabeth Pease Nichol, 8th Nov. [18]49

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to Elizabeth Pease N...

Frederick Douglass thanks Elizabeth Pease for her donation. He writes, “I commanded the paper against the advice of many of my best friends - and in this I many have acted unwisely.” He describes difficulties o... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to Richard Davis Webb, Sept 12th 1850

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to Richard Davis Web...

Frederick Douglass writes to R. D. Webb that he regrets the circumstance of Deborah and Susannah, which necessitated giving up North Star subscription. He then talks about the “cool feeling” with which he thoug... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to Richard Davis Webb, Sept 12th 1850

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to Richard Davis Web...

Frederick Douglass writes to R. D. Webb that he regrets the circumstance of Deborah and Susannah, which necessitated giving up North Star subscription. He then talks about the “cool feeling” with which he thoug... more

World's Columbian Exposition

World's Columbian Exposition

Includes references to President Hyppolite.

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to Richard Davis Webb, Sept 12th 1850

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to Richard Davis Web...

Frederick Douglass writes to R. D. Webb that he regrets the circumstance of Deborah and Susannah, which necessitated giving up North Star subscription. He then talks about the “cool feeling” with which he thoug... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to Samuel May, Jr., June 13th 1850

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to Samuel May, Jr., ...

Frederick Douglass writes to Samuel May Jr. that he is unable to attend Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society meeting on July 4th because of Cincinnati engagement. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to Richard Davis Webb, Sept 12th 1850

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to Richard Davis Web...

Frederick Douglass writes to R. D. Webb that he regrets the circumstance of Deborah and Susannah, which necessitated giving up North Star subscription. He then talks about the “cool feeling” with which he thoug... more

[Frederick Douglass, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right]

[Frederick Douglass, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right]

Date and photographer information from: Picturing Frederick Douglass / John Stauffer. New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2015, p. 185.

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester, to Samuel Joseph May, Rev. R. R. Raymond, and R. W. Pease, Nov. 29th 1854

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester, to Samuel Joseph May, Rev. ...

Frederick Douglass writes to accept an invitation to lecture in Syracuse. Because of his busy schedule he has little choice of evenings, but he will gladly lecture on December 11th. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester, to Samuel Joseph May, Rev. R. R. Raymond, and R. W. Pease, Nov. 29th 1854

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester, to Samuel Joseph May, Rev. ...

Frederick Douglass writes to accept an invitation to lecture in Syracuse. Because of his busy schedule he has little choice of evenings, but he will gladly lecture on December 11th. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Frederick Douglass portrait, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park , 1860.

Frederick Douglass portrait, New Bedford Whaling National Historical P...

Frederick Douglass said, "If the Negro knows enough to pay taxes to support the government, he knows enough to vote; taxation and representation should go together. If he knows enough to shoulder a musket and f... more

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

African American abolitionist.

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

African American abolitionist. Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Annotation from negative, scratched into emulsion: Fred. Douglas 12 [crossed out]30219, [crossed out] 313. Credit line: Brady... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to James Redpath, November 9th 1869

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to James Redpath, No...

Frederick Douglass thanks James Redpath for making New England appointments and discusses their schedule. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to Oliver Johnson, May 25 1869

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Rochester [N.Y.], to Oliver Johnson, M...

Frederick Douglass writes to Oliver Johnson to decline an invitation to a yearly meeting of progressive friends at Longwood. He says, “Duties nearer home completely occupy my time and means for the present.” Co... more

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Washington D.C., to Samuel Gridley Howe, June 21, 1871

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Washington D.C., to Samuel Gridley How...

Frederick Douglass writes to S.G. Howe agreeing to aid him in an effort for the annexation of Santo Domingo. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Washington D.C., Sept. 16, 1872

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Washington D.C., Sept. 16, 1872

Frederick Douglass says he cannot aid the recipient with his investigation because he has no knowledge of the Knights of the Golden Circle. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Civil rights bill and West Point academy.  Letter from Gerrit Smith to Frederick Douglass.  Peterboro, June 27th, 1874.

Civil rights bill and West Point academy. Letter from Gerrit Smith to...

On verso, Copy 1: MC#09-82-038.233. On verso, Copy 2: Exchange Oberlin College Library Mar 26, 1915; MC #09-82-038.234.; On verso, Copy 3: Trans from Manuscripts Div. Oct 29, 1945; MC #09-82-038.235.; On rec... more

The late Senator Sumner. Ceremonies in the Capitol -- colored people of Washington, headed by Frederick Douglass, viewing the remains Sketched by Joseph Becker

The late Senator Sumner. Ceremonies in the Capitol -- colored people o...

Illustration shows the body of Senator Charles Sumner lying in state in the U.S. Capitol. Other illustrations on the same page show Mate Brady, a hero of the "Atlantic" disaster...; Bertie Winkler, the Virginia... more

The late Senator Sumner. Ceremonies in the Capitol -- colored people of Washington, headed by Frederick Douglass, viewing the remains / Sketched by Joseph Becker.

The late Senator Sumner. Ceremonies in the Capitol -- colored people o...

Illustration shows the body of Senator Charles Sumner lying in state in the U.S. Capitol. Other illustrations on the same page show Mate Brady, a hero of the "Atlantic" disaster...; Bertie Winkler, the Virginia... more

Washington, D.C.--the new administration--colored citizens paying their respects to Marshall Frederick Douglass, in his office at the city hall / sketched by our special artist.

Washington, D.C.--the new administration--colored citizens paying thei...

Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, 1877 April 7, p. 85. Reference copy in BIOG. FILE.

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

Mathew B. Brady (American, born Ireland, 1823?–1896 New York)

Frederick Douglass C.F. Conly Photographer, 465 Washington St., Boston

Frederick Douglass C.F. Conly Photographer, 465 Washington St., Boston

Photograph shows reproduction of portrait by George Kendall Warren taken in 1876. Title devised by Library staff. Gift; Tom Liljenquist; 2016; (DLC/PP-2017:171, formerly deposit D072) Forms part of: Liljenquist... more

Frederick and Helen Douglass, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1884.

Frederick and Helen Douglass, Frederick Douglass National Historic Sit...

The Douglasses honeymooned at Niagara Falls later in 1884.

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Cedar Hill, Anacostia, D.C., to Robert Adams, March 23, 1888

Letter from Frederick Douglass, Cedar Hill, Anacostia, D.C., to Robert...

Frederick Douglass acknowledges Robert Adams’s birthday greetings, and recalls the kindness Adams showed him 47 years earlier in Fall River. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Photograph of States of the Union Exhibit

Photograph of States of the Union Exhibit

This is a photograph of a panel in the States of the Union exhibit for Maryland, titled "Frederick Douglass." Historic Photograph File of National Archives Events and Personnel

Anacostia, D.C. Frederick Douglass housing project. Mother and her daughter

Anacostia, D.C. Frederick Douglass housing project. Mother and her dau...

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... more

Anacostia, D.C. Frederick Douglass housing project. Metal ashcans

Anacostia, D.C. Frederick Douglass housing project. Metal ashcans

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... more

Anacostia, D.C. Frederick Douglass housing project. Boys overlooking the project

Anacostia, D.C. Frederick Douglass housing project. Boys overlooking t...

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... more

Anacostia, D.C. Frederick Douglass housing project. A dance group

Anacostia, D.C. Frederick Douglass housing project. A dance group

Title and other information from record for item with the same number in the LC-USF34 series. Electronic surrogate made from item with the same number in the LC-USF34 series. Transfer; United States. Office of ... more

Anacostia, D.C. Frederick Douglass housing project. Boys playing leap frog near the project

Anacostia, D.C. Frederick Douglass housing project. Boys playing leap ...

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... more

Anacostia, D.C (vicinity). Frederick Douglass housing project. Sign on Alabama Avenue

Anacostia, D.C (vicinity). Frederick Douglass housing project. Sign on...

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... more

"DEMOCRACY IN ACTION NO.III"

"DEMOCRACY IN ACTION NO.III"

Liberty Ships named in honor of George Washington Carver, Booker T. Washington, and Frederick Douglass. Artworks and Mockups for Cartoons Promoting the War Effort and Original Sketches by Charles Alston

Anacostia, D.C. Frederick Douglass housing project. Children

Anacostia, D.C. Frederick Douglass housing project. Children

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... more