Contents and Arrangement

Frederick Douglass Letter to William Henry Johnson, 1879 August 29

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of a one-page autograph letter sent from American abolitionist Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) to fellow abolitionist William Henry Johnson (1833-1918) two years after the close of the Reconstruction era. In the letter, Douglass refers to a speech he was preparing regarding his views on the Exodus movement of 1879, or the first generational migration of African Americans along the Mississippi River towards Kansas following the American Civil War. The speech, entitled "The Negro Exodus from the Gulf States," was given at a meeting of the American Association for the Promotion of Social Sciences held in Saratoga, New York, on September 9, 1879.


Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator or by the date of acquisition.

Collection History


Purchased from Raptis Rare Books in 2022 (AM 2023-015).


No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

Item processed and described by Kelly Bolding in August 2022, incorporating some description provided by the dealer.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Frederick Douglass Letter to William Henry Johnson; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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Existence and Location of Copies

Parts of this collection are available on microfilm, cataloged separately as RCPXM-7497696.

Subject Terms:
Abolitionists -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Correspondence
African American abolitionists -- Correspondence
African Americans -- Migrations -- History -- 19th century
Genre Terms:
Correspondence -- 19th century