Douglass Collection Grows
An 1865 letter from Frederick Douglass is the latest in a growing collection of correspondence from the Rochester-based abolitionist and publisher that archivists hope to soon make available on the World Wide Web.
The projected online archive is part of a plan to make the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies a center of information about the famous former slave.
"We want to send a message that this is the place where Douglass is important," says Larry Hudson, Jr., director of the institute. "But this effort doesn't have to be only about Douglass because he is part of a dynamic group of people who were dedicated to similar ends. It's Douglass and his world."
Douglass, who spent 25 crucial years of activism in Rochester, is buried about a mile from the University in Mt. Hope Cemetery.
The University's Douglass collection includes letters that date from before the Civil War, when Douglass was editor of North Star, an anti-slavery newspaper published in Rochester, to a few years before his death in 1895.
The collection also includes photographs and copies of Douglass' newspaper.
"These are powerful words and images that will be put in context so that
anyone can use them," says Ronald Dow, the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly
Dean of River Campus Libraries.
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