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Underground Railroad bibliographies


A Bibliography of Books, Articles, Manuscripts, and Web sites

Originally published in Black History News & Notes, November 1999, Number 78, pages 3-5, a quarterly publication of the Indiana Historical Society Library, and reprinted here by permission.

Compiled by: Wilma L. Gibbs, Program Archivist for African American History, Indiana Historical Society



General Reference


Aptheker, Herbert, ed. A Documentary History of the Negro People in the United States. 3 vols. New York: Citadel Press, 1969.

Bennett, Lerone. Before the Mayflower: A Brief History of Black America. 5th ed. Chicago: Johnson Pub. Co.,1982.

Berlin, Ira, Joseph R. Reidy, and Leslie Rowland, eds., Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867: The Black Military Experience. Cambridge, N.Y.: Cambridge University Press, 1982.

Blassingame, John. Slave Testimony: Two Centuries of Letters, Speeches, Interviews, and Autobiographies. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1977.

Citizen of Ohio. An Address to the Inhabitants of Indiana Territory, on the Subject of Slavery by a Citizen of Ohio. Hamilton, Ohio: Printed at the Philanthropist Office, 1816.

Dillion, Merton. Slavery Attacked: Southern Slaves and their Allies, 1619-1865. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University, 1990.

Finkelman, Paul. Slavery in the Courtroom: An Annotated Bibliography of American Cases. Washington D.C.: Library of Congress, 1985.

Franklin, John Hope. From Slavery to Freedom: A History of Negro Americans. 6th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1988.

Indiana State Anti-Slavery Society. Proceedings of the Indiana Convention, assembled to Organize a State Anti-Slavery Society, held in Milton, Wayne Co., 12 September 1838. Cincinnati: Samuel A. Alley, printer, 1838.

Julian, George Washington. The Cause and Cure of Our National Troubles. Speech of Honorable George W. Julian of Indiana, delivered in the House of Representatives, 14 January 1862. Washington, D.C.: Scammel & Co., 1862.

Rawick, George. The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Publishing Company, 1972.

Ripley, Peter C., et al., eds. The Black Abolitionist Papers. 5 volumes. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1985.

Society of Friends. London Yearly Meeting. Epistle on Slavery from Our Yearly Meeting Held in London, by Adjournments from the 20th of the 5th Month to the 29th of the Same, Inclusive, 1840. Society of Friends. Indiana Yearly Meeting, 1840.

Thornbrough, Emma Lou. The Negro in Indiana before 1900. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau,1957.



Books and Articles


Blockson, Charles. "Escape from Slavery: The Underground Railroad," National Geographic, July, 1984, p.3.

Blockson, Charles. Hippocrene Guide to the Underground Railroad. New York: Hippocrene Books, 1994.

Blockson, Charles. The Underground Railroad. New York: Prentice Hall, 1987.

Brown, William Wells. Narrative of William Wells Brown, A Fugitive. New York: Markus Weiner Publishing, Inc., 1848.

Cashin, Joan. " Black Families in the Old Northwest," Journal of the Early Republic, Fall 1995, Vol 15, No. 3, p.461.

Charles, Cecil Ethelbert. The Economy-Cabin Creek Short Branch and Some of Its Operatives: A Description of One Section of the Underground Railroad System. Indianapolis: [Society of Indiana Pioneers,1971].

Cockrum, William Monroe. History of the Underground Railroad as It Was Conducted by the Anti-Slavery League. Oakland City, Ind.: Press of the J.W.Cockrum Printing Co., 1915.

Coffin, Levi. Reminiscences of Levi Coffin, the Reported President of the Underground Railroad: Being a Brief History of the Labors of a Lifetime in Behalf of the Slave with Stories of Numerous Fugitives, Who Gained Their Freedom through His Instrumentality, and Many Other Incidents. Cincinnati: Western Tract Society, 1876.

Crenshaw, Gwendolyn J. "Bury Me in a Free Land": The Abolitionist Movement in Indiana, 1816-1865. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau, 1986.

Crenshaw, Gwendolyn J. "One Ran to Freedom, Another Caught and Bonded- The Case of Caroline, a Fugitive Slave and Luther A. Donnell," Black History News and Notes, August/November, 1986, p. 4.

Douglass, Frederick. Life and times of Frederick Douglass. New York: Gramercy Books, 1993.

Exploring A Common Past: Researching and Interpreting the Underground Railroad, U. S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, History Office, National Register, History, and Education, 1998.

Gara, Larry. The Liberty Line: The Legend of the Underground Railroad. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1996 (original ed. 1961).

Hamm, Thomas D. The Anti-Slavery Movement in Henry County, Indiana : A Study of the Local Abolitionists. New Castle, Ind.: Henry County Historical Society, 1975.

Hedrick, Joan. Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.

Hunter, Carol,et al., "African American Resistance in Antebellum Indiana," Black History News & Notes, August, 1992, p.4.

Quarles, Benjamin. Black Abolitionists. New York: Oxford University Press, 1969.

Ripley, Peter C., ed. The Black Abolitionist Papers. 5 volumes Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1985-93.

Robbins, Coy D., comp. Indiana Negro Registers, 1852-1865. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1994.

Roberts, David. "Assistance and Resistance: Fugitive Slaves and Free Blacks in the Underground Railroad," Black History News & Notes, November, 1996, p. 4.

Siebert, Wilbur. The Underground Railroad from Slavery to Freedom. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1898.

Sprague, Stuart Seely. His Promised Land: The Autobiography of John P. Parker, Former Slave and Conductor of the Underground Railroad. New York: W.W. Norton Co., 1996.

Still, William. The Underground Railroad: A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, etc. Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1872.

Underground Railroad, Official National Park Handbook, No.156, Division of Publications, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1998.

Underground Railroad, Official Map and Guide, Division of Publications, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior,1996.

Underground Railroad Special Resource Study, Management Concepts/Environmental Assessment , National Park Service, Denver Service Center, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1995.





Cabin Creek Society of Anti-Slavery Friends Records, 1843-1856, BV 401a-d and 402, Indiana Historical Society.

Economy Anti-Slavery Society Records, 1840, SC 21, Indiana Historical Society.

Emancipation Record of Mathew Becks, 1857, SC 1750, Indiana Historical Society.

Interviews of Philip Kabel with persons in Randolph County mostly Quakers, concerning abolition and Underground Railroad activities (ca 1900) Philip Kabel Collection, BV 577, Indiana Historical Society.

Kentucky Resolution to Adjacent Non-Slaveholding States, 1822, SC 1353, Indiana Historical Society.

Letter (15 May 1826) William Marshall, Brownstown, Indiana to Governor James B. Ray. (Introduces Mr. Dillingham, a slave catcher in pursuit of a Negro confined in the state prison. Marshall recommends cooperating fully " to remove the prejudices which slave holders entertain against us.") William H. English Collection, M 98, Indiana Historical Society.

Personal recollections of Mary Reed Gillum. (Recalls her father, Isaiah's station of the Underground Railroad in New Salem, Indiana-Washington County). Samuel Reid Collection, SC 1254, Indiana Historical Society.