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African American Women Writers of the 19th Century: Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division

African American Women Writers of the 19th Century guide includes a digital collection of published works by 19th-century black women writers, biographies for each author, citations and much more

Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division

The Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division collects, preserves, and makes available for research purposes rare, unique, and primary materials that document the history and culture of people of African descent throughout the world, with a concentration on the Americas and the Caribbean. On this page researchers will find collections and rare books related to the African American Women Writers of the 19th century featured in this guide and on other notable women of that time, who were authoring and contributing to African American history and the black experience.                                 

 

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Annie L. Burton

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library. "Annie L. Burton." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1909. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-f39e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Memories of childhood's slavery days, title page

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library. "Memories of childhood's slavery days" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1909. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-e53e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Noted Negro women, title page

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library. "Noted Negro women" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1893. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-7550-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Phyllis (Phillis) Wheatley

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library. "Phyllis Wheatley" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1834 - 1842. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/7eb749fd-962d-11f1-e040-e00a1806548b

I sell the shadow to support the substance, Sojourner Truth. Additional title: Three-quarter length portrait of Sojourner Truth.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library. "I sell the shadow to support the substance, Sojourner Truth." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1864. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-cde8-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Ida B. Wells

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library. "Ida B. Wells" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1893. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-732f-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Poems

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library. "Poems" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1900. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/a7d0e925-f89d-eff6-e040-e00a18060357

MARB Collections

Other Notable African American Women Writers of the 19th Century

Rare Books