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Plessy v. Ferguson: Primary Documents in American History

Digital Collections

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of primary source materials associated with the Plessy v. Ferguson decision and Jim Crow laws, including manuscripts, newspaper articles, legal documents, and pamphlets. Provided below is a link to the home page for each relevant digital collection along with selected highlights.

Constitution Annotated


Historic Newspapers

Selected highlights from this collection:

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 Plessy v. Ferguson (Jim Crow Laws).

Oral Histories

Prints & Photographs

Rare Books and Pamphlets

Selected highlights from this collection:

Teachers Page

Today in History