Posted on February 12, 2021 at 10:14 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

If the weather doesn’t have you eagerly awaiting February’s end, some historical document news might.

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library expects to have its Frederick Douglass collection — including the great abolitionist’s personal letters, writings, and more — fully digitized for public access by the end of this month, reports the Yale Daily News.

The library only recently acquired the Walter O. Evans Collection of Frederick Douglass and Douglass Family Papers, which in addition to the Douglass papers and Douglass family papers includes scrapbooks compiled by Douglass’s sons.

To browse the collection (once it’s available), go to the Yale University Library Digital Collections website and use call number JWJ MSS 240.

Douglass was born into slavery and went on to become a celebrated speaker, writer (including an autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave), and reformer.

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