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Slavery in America: A Resource Guide

Digital Collections

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of primary source materials lated to slavery, including photographs, documents, and sound recordings. Provided below is a link to the home page for each relevant digital collection along with selected highlights.

Abraham Lincoln Papers

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African American Perspectives

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Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana

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Amazing Grace

America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets

Selected highlights from this collection:

American Notes: Travels in America, 1750 to 1920

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American Women: A Gateway to Library of Congress Resources for the Study of Women’s History and Culture in the U.S.

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Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives, 1936 to 1938

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"California as I Saw It": First-Person Narratives, 1849 to 1900

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The Capital and the Bay: Narratives, 1600 to 1925

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A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation, 1774-1875

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Civil War Maps

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Civil War Sheet Music

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FSA/OWI Black-and-White Negatives

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Frederick Douglass Papers

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George Washington Papers

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HABS/HAER Historic American Landscapes Survey

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The James Madison Papers, 1723 to 1836

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Map Collections

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Music for the Nation, ca. 1870 to 1885

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National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection

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Omar Ibn Said Collection

Pioneering the Upper Midwest, ca. 1820 to 1910

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Printed Ephemera: Three Centuries of Broadsides

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Slaves and the Courts, 1740 to 1860

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Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Recording Trip

Selected highlight from this collection:

Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1606 to 1827

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Voices from the Days of Slavery

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William A. Gladstone Afro-American Military Collection

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William A. Gladstone Collection of African American Photographs

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Words and Deeds in American History

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