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  • A.J. Wright
    fyi,,,aj wright ... From: H-Net DISCUSSION LIST FOR LOCAL AND STATE HISTORY [mailto:H-LOCAL@H-NET.MSU.EDU] On Behalf Of Tom Costa Sent: Wednesday, February 16,
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      -----Original Message-----
      From: H-Net DISCUSSION LIST FOR LOCAL AND STATE HISTORY
      [mailto:H-LOCAL@...] On Behalf Of Tom Costa
      Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2000 7:21 AM
      To: H-LOCAL@...
      Subject: ANN: New Collection in American Memory


      Good morning,

      The following announces a new addition to the American Memory online
      collections at the Library of Congress. Please accept our apologies for
      any duplicate postings.

      From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection,
      1824-1909

      Pamphlets documenting the African-American experience from slavery to
      the early twentieth century are the most recent addition to the American

      Memory historical collections. From Slavery to Freedom: The
      African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909 contains 397 pamphlets
      written by African Americans and others on a variety of subjects
      relating to African-American history, including slavery, African
      colonization, Emancipation, and Reconstruction. The materials range from

      personal accounts and public orations to organizational reports and
      legislative speeches. Authors include Lydia Maria Child, Alexander
      Crummell, Frederick Douglass, Kelly Miller, Charles Sumner, Mary Church
      Terrell, and Booker T. Washington.

      From Slavery to Freedom offers page images of each pamphlet as well
      as
      fully searchable transcribed texts and browse lists organized by author,

      title, and subject. A special presentation highlights approximately
      twenty collection titles. These include The Life of James Mars, a
      first-person account of slave life in Connecticut; The Influential
      Appeal to the Christian Women of the South by abolitionist Angelina
      Emily Grimki; a turn-of-the-century voting manual for African-American
      men; and a speech by Booker T. Washington advocating support for
      initiatives to educate African Americans.

      Although they do not offer a comprehensive history of
      African-American
      life, these pamphlets provide insight into the ideas and events of their

      day in a historically important physical format that often fails to
      survive the test of time. Those interested in publishing will enjoy the

      variety of papers, type faces, and printing methods used to produce
      these materials.

      The African American Pamphlet Collection was accessioned in 1990-91
      from
      a miscellaneous pamphlet collection in the Library's Rare Book and
      Special Collections Division. The pamphlets were singled out for their
      significance to African-American history and recataloged to enhance
      access. The collection complements the division's Daniel A.P. Murray
      Pamphlet Collection, which is also a part of American Memory (URL:
      http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aap/).

      The online presentation of the African American Pamphlet Collection
      was
      made possible by a major gift from the Citicorp Foundation, and is part
      of a five-year effort to add rare and unique items from the Library's
      vast African-American collections to the National Digital Library.

      From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection,
      1824-1909 can be found at the following URL:
      http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aapchtml/

      Please direct any questions to ndlpcoll@...

      --
      Danna C. Bell-Russel
      National Digital Library Learning Center
      202-707-4159
      dbell@...
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