Welcome to the Yale Slavery and Abolition Portal
This site is designed to help researchers and students find primary sources related to slavery, abolition, and resistance within the university's many libraries and galleries. Select a repository from the list across the top to browse by location or use the search function to sort collections by topic. Consult the research and links pages for information about how to find additional source material.
John Wesley Blassingame Papers
John W. Blassingame served as the acting chairman of Afro-American studies at Yale (1971-1972, 1976-1977) and as chairman (1981-1989). In the mid-1970s, he also became the editor and publisher of the papers of Frederick Douglass. He wrote and edited numerous works on the history of slavery in America. The papers consist of electrostatic copies of reseach materials and note cards used in the preparation of Blassingame's 1971 Yale University Ph.D., A Social and Economic History of the Negro in New Orleans, 1860-1880.