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Aileen Shafer, Collector, Material regarding African-Americans

Collection Number: A&M 3756

Scope and Contents

Nineteenth century records regarding African-Americans, including deed of emancipation (1829), two brief autograph letters by abolitionists Charles Sumner and Wendell Phillips (1850, 1882), eight copies of "The Anti-Slavery Record", a significant abolitionist publication (1835), and twenty popular song broadsides featuring minstrel song themes (ca. 1830s-1860s).


  • Creation: 1829-1884


Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please see the Permissions and Copyright page on the West Virginia and Regional History Center website.

Biographical / Historical

The Anti-Slavery Record, a monthly publication, promoted the complete and immediate abolition of slavery. It was published for the American Anti-Slavery Society by R.G. Williams. The newspaper was published for three years, 1835-1837, volume 1, issue 1 January 1835 through volume 3, issue 12, December 1837. Aileen Shafer’s collection includes volume 1, issue 1 through issue 10, 1835.

Issues of The Anti-Slavery Record feature excerpts from newspapers and speeches; reports on the slave trade and slave auctions; contributions by abolitionists such as Timothy Weld, John Rankin, and Elizur Wright; excerpts from Seabrook’s proslavery Essay on the Management of Slavery; and eyewitness accounts of the torture and murder of slaves. Of particular note are the wood-cut engravings found throughout the issues.

Excerpted from a sales ad for issues of The Anti-Slavery Record by Bauman Rare Books. Accessed December 2, 2020.

Note: Electronic versions of all issues of The Anti-Slavery Recordare available online from a number of sources including Google Books, the Hathi Trust, and the WVU Libraries’ database HeinOnline.


0.21 Linear Feet (2.5 in. (1 document case))



Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL:

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1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US