Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: The Collection

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Title:Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History : the collection | The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History : the collection
Date:1493-2002
Description:

"The Gilder Lehrman Collection, on deposit at the New-York Historical Society, contains more than 60,000 documents detailing the political and social history of the United States. The collection's holdings include manuscript letters, diaries, maps, photographs, printed books and pamphlets ranging from 1493 through modern times. The collection is particularly rich with materials in the Revolutionary, Antebellum, Civil War and Reconstruction periods. Highlights of the collection include signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Thirteenth Amendment, a rare printed copy of the first draft of the Constitution, and thousands of unpublished Civil War soldiers' letters."--Collections page.

A description of the Collection's holdings by era includes the following: the Colonial Era, the Founding Era, Slavery and the Antebellum Era, the Civil War and Reconstruction Era, the Modern Era, and Women's History. Holdings pertaining to civil rights for African Americans include: copies of the Emancipation Proclamation; a 1963 report on the state of civil rights in the United States from Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to President John F. Kennedy; the United States Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision declaring segregated schools unconstitutional; a 1960 New Orleans broadside promoting a boycott of Ford Motor Co. for its support of the Civil Rights Movement; Governor George C. Wallace's 1964 reply to a letter from Pamela Martin of Cedar Springs, Michigan, in which he defends the status quo of segregation in Alabama and blames "outside agitators" for unrest between black and white citizens; a 1919 Thanksgiving address by Reverend Francis J. Grimke examining unrest following World War I, discussing African Americans' lack of civil rights, and exploring the interaction between race issues and religion; a copy of an 1873 "act to protect all persons in their civil rights, in the state of Arkansas, and to furnish means for their vindication"; a copy of a 1968 poster in support of the sanitation workers' strike in Memphis, Tennessee, which states "I am a man"; and a pair of abolitionist movement slave tokens from the eighteenth or nineteenth century.

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Types:Photographs | Texts (document genres) | Letters (correspondence) | Diaries | Maps | Books | Pamphlets | Legal documents | Speeches | Government records | Records | Reports | Judicial records | Decisions | Broadsides | Posters | Visual works | Legislative records | Legislative acts
Subjects:United States--History--Sources | United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783 | United States--Civil War, 1861-1865 | United States--History--1815-1861 | Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) | United States--History--1865-1898 | United States--History, Military | United States--Social conditions | United States--Politics and government | United States--Civilization | United States. Army--Military life | Confederate States of America. Army--Military life | Soldiers--United States--Correspondence | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives | United States--Race relations--History | Race relations | Africans American--Civil rights | African Americans--Politics and government | Civil rights movements--United States | Civil rights--United States | Social justice--United States | Social problems--United States | Slavery--United States | Anti-slavery movements--United States | Slaves--United States | Segregation--United States | Race discrimination--United States | Discrimination--United States | United States | New York (State) | New York (N.Y.)
Institution:Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Contributors:Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Online Publisher:[New York (N.Y.)] : Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History | 2002
Persistent Link to Item:http://www.gilderlehrman.org/collection/