Over the last decade, the Associates of the Boston Public Library underwrote work to catalog, digitize, and transcribe thousands of handwritten letters from leading abolitionists. Ilyon drew heavily on this collection and spent countless hours researching her book in the BPL’s Special Collections.
Tyler Vargas is working as a Research Assistant this spring to help publicize the BPL’s vast Anti-Slavery Collection to peer cultural institutions.
The Associates has issued an RFP seeking a partner to help us promote awareness of the BPL’s remarkable digital collection of anti-slavery and abolitionist materials among cultural, civic, and educational institutions around the country.
Then & Now, a celebration of Black History Month, is a public art live-stream projection honoring the words of the abolitionists from the Boston Public Library’s Anti-Slavery Collection, coupled with Artists for Humanity teen artwork.
Watch the 2020 Pierce Performance, “Giving Voice to the Abolitionists: Selected Readings from the BPL’s Anti-Slavery Collection.”
The Boston Public Library just launched an exciting new crowdsourcing project. Help us transcribe abolitionists’ correspondence and learn more about this important era in our country’s history.