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Emancipation Proclamation: Primary Documents in American History

Digital Resources

The Library of Congress website contains a variety of digital materials related to the Emancipation Proclamation, including manuscripts, government documents, pamphlets, printed ephemera, sheet music, and newspaper articles.

Abraham Lincoln Papers

Emancipation Proclamation

Major documents in this collection bearing on the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, are as follows:

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Congressional Publications

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Historic Newspapers

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In addition, the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room has created a series of topics guides to the newspapers included in Chronicling America, including a guide on the Emancipation Proclamation.


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Prints & Photographs

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