African-American Historical Research:
- Images of the Anti-Slavery Movement in Massachusetts (Massachusetts Historical Society)
- Boston Athenaeum’s BOSBLACK database
- Black History and African American Resources: Sites of Interest (Annotated list of links)
- Resources for Research in African and African American Studies Guides from the University of Texas Libraries on finding journal and newspaper articles, databases, reference books, and Internet resources.
- Boston African American National Historic Site
- African-American Genealogy Sites on the Internet (Cyndi’s List)
William Lloyd Garrison’s The Liberator:
- White and Black Abolitionist Newspapers Compared: William Lloyd Garrison’s “Liberator” and Frederick Douglass’ “North Star” (George Washington University)
1850 Federal Census:
- 1850 United States Federal Census: Blank Form
- 1850 United States Federal Census: Sample Page
- Seventh Census of the United States: 1850. Original publication of the census results from the records of the 32rd Congress in the U.S. Serial Set at the Library of Congress.
Fugitive Slave Law of 1850:
- The Fugitive Slave Bill: Its History and Unconstitutionality: With an Account of the Seizure and Enslavement of James Hamlet, and His Subsequent Restoration to Liberty, 3rd ed. by Lewis Tappan, 1850
Using City Directories:
- City Directories and Newspapers: Windows on the Past (Rootsweb) Guide to finding and using city directories.
Beacon Hill & The West End:
Seasholes, Nancy S. “Gaining Ground: Landmaking in Boston’s West End.” Old-Time New England. 77:266 (Spring/Summer 1999): 23-45. Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA) Website. This article traces the development of the West End neighborhood using a variety of maps.
- The Boston Atlas (Boston Redevelopment Authority) GIS enhanced maps including historic maps.
- Slatter & Callan map (1852)
Research Library Catalogs and Databases:
- American Antiquarian Society
- Massachusetts State House Library
- Nineteenth Century Periodicals in Print (Library of Congress) This Library of Congress collection comprises 1500 books and 23 periodicals “published in the United States during the nineteenth century, primarily during the second half of the century.