1. Anti-Slavery Meeting on the Common [Boston]. Engraving from an 1851 issue of Gleason’s Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion. From Collection of Mounted Engravings Primarily from the Estate of Franklin Benjamin Sanborn, CFPL Vault Collection.
II.A. Middlesex County Antislavery Society:
5. Manuscript list of officers for 1848, showing William Whiting of Concord as president, Mary Merrick Brooks as a member of the executive committee. From Middlesex County Antislavery Society Records, CFPL Vault Collection.
6. Manuscript list of officers for 1849, showing William Whiting as president, Sophia Thoreau and Mary Merrick Brooks as members of the executive committee. Middlesex County Antislavery Society Records, CFPL Vault Collection.
7. Printed notice, April 4, 1851, from the Boston Vigilance Committee, issued in the wake of the arrest of fugitive slave Thomas Sims at Boston the day before. From Middlesex County Antislavery Society Records, CFPL Vault Collection.
II.B. Concord Ladies’ Antislavery Society:
15. Harriet Robinson’s account of the Concord Ladies’ Antislavery Society (transcribed from Harriet Robinson’s “Warrington” Pen-Portraits: A Collection of Personal and Political Reminiscences from 1848 to 1876, from the Writings of William S. Robinson (Boston: Edited and Published by Mrs. W. S. Robinson, 1877).
III.A. Mary Merrick Brooks:
17. Newspaper clipping: recipe for Brooks Cake, from the Portland Transcript (copied from Harriet Robinson’s “Warrington” Pen-Portraits, 1877). From Scrapbook of Miscellaneous Concord-related Materials, CFPL Vault Collection.
III.A. Mary Merrick Brooks: Mary and Caroline Brooks Witness the Burning of Pennsylvania Hall, 1838:
19. Mary Merrick Brooks. Letter to Nathan Brooks (“My dearest Hussey”), Philadelphia, May 13, 1838, referring to Mrs. Brooks’s planned attendance at a speech at the Antislavery Convention of American Women in Pennsylvania Hall with her step-daughter Caroline (the hall was destroyed by rioters four days later). From Nathan Brooks Papers, CFPL Vault Collection.
20. Bessie Keyes Hudson. Account of 1838 Antislavery Convention of American Women in Philadelphia (including transcription of letter from Caroline Brooks to Elizabeth Prichard, May 13, 1838), from typescript address “Memories of Mrs. E.R. Hoar” by Bessie Keyes Hudson before the Women’s Parish Association of the First Parish in Concord, 1909. From Hudson Family Papers, CFPL Vault Collection.
21. Engraving by J. Sartain of Pennsylvania Hall burning, in Elizabeth Palmer Peabody’s copy of History of Pennsylvania Hall, Which Was Destroyed by a Mob, on the 17th of May, 1838 (Philadelphia: Printed by Merrihew and Gunn, 1838). From Peabody Books, CFPL Vault Collection.
III.B. The Emersons:
26. John Fowler Trow. Alton Trials: of Winthrop S. Gilman, Who Was Indicted with Enoch Long, Amos B. Roff[,] George H. Walworth, George H. Whitney, William Harned, John S. Noble, James Morss, Jr., Henry Tanner, Royal Weller, Reuben Gerry, and Thaddeus B. Hurlbut; for the Crime of Riot, Committed on the night of the 7th of November, 1837, while engaged in defending a Printing Press, from an Attack Made on It at That Time, by an Armed Mob … Also, the Trial of John Solomon, Levi Palmer, Horace Beall, Josiah Nutter, Jacob Smith, David Butler, William Carr, and James M. Rock, Indicted with James Jennings, Solomon Morgan, and Frederick Bruchy; for a Riot Committed in Alton, On the night of the 7th of November, 1837, in unlawfully and forcibly entering the Warehouse of Godfrey, Gilman & Co., and breaking up and destroying a Printing Press … (New York: John F. Trow, 1838). From Peabody Books, CFPL Vault Collection.
28. Ralph Waldo Emerson. An Address Delivered in the Court-House in Concord, Massachusetts, on 1st August, 1844, on the Anniversary of the Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indies (Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1844). From Newton/Emerson Collection, CFPL Concord Authors Collection.
29. Ralph Waldo Emerson. “The Fugitive Slave Law: Address to Citizens of Concord, 3 May, 1851,” in Miscellanies, Volume 11 of the Autograph Centenary Edition of The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Cambridge: Printed at the Riverside Press, 1904). From R. W. Emerson Collection, CFPL Concord Authors Collection.
III.C. The Thoreaus:
30. Silhouette of Cynthia Thoreau. Copy of original as photographed by Alfred Winslow Hosmer and included in his extra-illustrated copy of the 1896 second edition of H. S. Salt’s Life of Henry David Thoreau. From Alfred W. Hosmer’s “Grangerized Salt,” CFPL Vault Collection.
III.C. The Thoreaus: Henry David Thoreau:
40. Henry David Thoreau. “Resistance to Civil Government,” in Aesthetic Papers. Edited by Elizabeth P. Peabody … (Boston: The Editor, 1849). From E. P. Peabody Collection, CFPL Concord Authors Collection.
41. Henry David Thoreau. “Slavery in Massachusetts,” in Cape Cod and Miscellanies, Volume 4 of the Manuscript Edition of The Writings of Henry David Thoreau (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1906). From H. D. Thoreau Collection, CFPL Concord Authors Collection.
42. Boston Police and Night Watch Conveying the Fugitive Slave, Sims, to the Vessel. Engraving from an 1851 issue of Gleason’s Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion. From Collection of Mounted Engravings Primarily from the Estate of Franklin Benjamin Sanborn, CFPL Vault Collection.
III.D. The Alcotts:
III.E. The Hoar Family:
III.F. The Robinsons:
47. Free Soil County Committee of Middlesex County. Lowell, Oct. 16, 1851. Dear Sir: The Free Soil County Committee wish to address to you a few suggestions relative to the approaching Election …[printed circular], 1851. CFPL Broadside Collection.
III.G. The Whitings:
49. [Louisa Jane Whiting]. Influence of Slavery Upon the White Population. By a Former Resident of Slave States ([New York: American Antislavery Society, 1855]), No. 9 in series Anti-Slavery Tracts. CFPL Concord Pamphlet Collection.
III.H. Josiah Bartlett:
III.I. The Prescotts:
III.J. The Garrisons:
54. Deed, John Garrison and Susan Garrison to Daniel Shattuck, for "all right, title and interest, which we or either of us have in and to the Dwelling House and land under and about the same, where we now live in … Concord, being the same Dwelling House reserved for the said Susan’s use and occupation during her natural life by Humphrey Barrett," April 10, 1837. From Miscellaneous Property Documents (Primarily Deeds) Relating Mainly to Concord, CFPL Vault Collection.
III.K. The Hunts:
56. Alfred Munroe. Photograph from glass plate negative of Daniel Hunt House (right) and adjoining Nehemiah Hunt House (left) on Punkatasset Hill, 1880s. From Alfred Munroe Glass Plate Negative Collection, CFPL Vault Collection.
IV.A. Frederick Douglass:
IV.B. Wendell Phillips and the Concord Lyceum:
60. F. T. Stuart (Boston). Engraved portrait of Wendell Phillips, in William Taylor Newton’s extra-illustrated copy of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s The Conduct of Life—Vol. 6 of the large paper Riverside Edition of Emerson’s Complete Works (Cambridge: Printed at the Riverside Press, 1883). CFPL Concord Authors Collection.
IV.C. Theodore Parker:
62. Engraved portrait of Theodore Parker, in William Taylor Newton’s extra-illustrated copy of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Miscellanies—Vol. 11 of the large paper Riverside Edition of Emerson’s Complete Works (Cambridge: Printed at the Riverside Press, 1883). CFPL Concord Authors Collection.
IV.D. George Thompson:
64. George Thompson. Manuscript: Skeleton of a Lecture by George Thompson M.P. of England [outline of January 15, 1851 lecture before the Concord Lyceum]. From Concord Antiquarian Society Collection, CFPL Vault Collection.
66. Alfred Winslow Hosmer. Photograph from glass plate negative of home of Francis Edwin and Ann Bigelow (now 19 Sudbury Road), Concord. From Alfred W. Hosmer Collection of Glass Plate Negative Images, CFPL Vault Collection.
67. Edward Waldo Emerson. Underground Railroad, Concord Station & Division [manuscript notes from an interview with Mrs. Francis Bigelow about the Underground Railroad in Concord and about the rescue of Shadrach Minkins], December 13, 1892. From Edward Waldo Emerson Papers, CFPL Vault Collection.
68. Edward Waldo Emerson’s interview with Ann Bigelow (transcribed from the manuscript notes of his 1892 interview).
71. Engraved image: Arrest and Rescue of Frank B. Sanborn, Esq., at Concord, Massachusetts, on the Night of April 3, 1860 (clipped from Harper’s Weekly for April 14, 1860). CFPL Concord Pamphlet Collection.
80. Engraved image: General View of Harper’s Ferry and the Maryland Heights.—Photographed by Brady, from an 1862 issue of Harper’s Weekly. From Collection of Mounted Engravings Primarily from the Estate of Franklin Benjamin Sanborn, CFPL Vault Collection.
82. Early dispatches about Brown’s raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry (transcribed from the New York Daily Tribune, October 18, 1859).
83. Brown’s raid on Harpers’ Ferry reported in Boston (transcribed from the Boston Daily Courier, October 18, 1859).
87. Broadside: War! War! War! The Freeman of Old Concord will meet at the Town Hall, On Friday Evening, April 19th, at 7 1-2 O’Clock, to take measures to fill up the ranks and strengthen the arms of the Concord Artillery Company, that they may go forth to fight our country’s battles as our fathers did in ’75. Come one! Come all!! From the farm and the workshop, the counting room and the office, and show by our action that we are not degenerate sons of brave sires. Concord, April 17, 1861. CFPL Broadside Collection.
88. Broadside: Surrender of Lee!! Richmond is Ours!! Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!! Social Dance at the Town Hall, Concord, This, Monday Evening, in Honor of the Recent Victories!!! All Are Invited. Tickets, 25 cts., for Benefit of the Soldiers’ Aid. Concord, April 10, 1865. CFPL Broadside Collection.
89. Broadside: The People of Concord Are Invited to Meet at the Church of the First Parish, on Wednesday, April 19th, at 12 O’Clock, at Noon, to unite in the solemnities to be observed by the whole country at the hour of the funeral of Abraham Lincoln, the Late President of the United States. And it is also requested that all labor and business be suspended on that day, between the hours of 11 and 2 o’clock. Nathan B. Stow, Elijah Wood, Benjamin Tolman, Selectmen of Concord. Concord, April 18th, 1865. CFPL Broadside Collection.
93. Abraham Lincoln. Nineteenth-century facsimile of letter to “Madam” [Mary Peabody Mann], Washington, April 5, 1864, on Executive Mansion letterhead. From Concord Free Public Library Letter File, CFPL Vault Collection.