Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection at Cornell University includes more than 10,000 titles collected by May to document the abolitionist struggle. The pamphlets and other materials included in the May Collection are rare because of their generally ephemeral nature. The collection can be browsed by title, author, or date. A full-text search is also available.

For historians of women abolitionists, the collection includes important works documenting the experience of British and American women abolitionists. For example, the collection includes British Quaker abolitionist Elizabeth Heyrick’s Immediate Not Gradual Abolition; the proceedings for the Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women (1837, 1838, and 1839); Angelina Grimke’s Appeal to the Christian Women of the South; and reports from the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society, the Ladies’ New-York City Anti-Slavery Society, and the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society. The collection also includes Civil War and post-war era materials. Of particular note are reports from Civil War era women’s associations such as the Ladies Aid Society of Philadelphia and the Ladies' Union Relief Association.

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