Selections from The Liberator, William Lloyd Garrison’s Abolitionist Newspaper

Audio introduction by the Author / Researcher / Collector below.

William Lloyd Garrison This is a collection of items which appear in THE LIBERATOR, a Boston-based Abolitionist newspaper, published under the editorship of William Lloyd Garrison, who lived from 1805–1879.

The assembled items represent only a tiny portion of what appeared in the 1,803 editions of the paper, published weekly from 1831-1865. . The source of the collection has been Garrison’s copies of THE LIBERATOR., access to which has been granted and facilitated by the Boston Public Library,  Rare Books.

Study of the Abolition Movement, led me to William Lloyd Garrison, and a desire to know him better. I want always to learn more about him, and to learn from him. So I was driven to THE LIBERATOR., to his own copies of the newspaper, where the privilege of touching and turning those pages has brought many surprises and much inspiration.

                                                                               HERE IS WHERE TO LOOK

William Lloyd Garrison

Photo Gallery — Over sixty pictures, including persons significant to the Abolition Movement,   political cartoons, and places important in Garrison’s life.

Articles — Over twenty articles by the collector, expressing a personal perspective on Garrison.

The Site Directory      Here you will find Garrison’s Best Lines/Headlines,  a collection of items selected by personal interest, which provide “snippets” of items which appeared in the Liberator, and reflect insights into the thoughts of Mr. Garrison as he edited the newspaper.

Scanned Images of all 1803 issues of The Liberator from January 1, 1831, through Dec. 29, 1865.

Dates by Year, Month and Publication Date:   If you are curious to find something by a specific date you will find this helpful.

Names of Persons, Listed Alphabetically:    Curious about Garrison as he may have related to a specific person?  This  list may be helpful.   The choice of items to be included has been prejudiced by the personal interests of the collector; it is hoped those interests may match yours often enough to make your search productive.

These are “snippets” of information, never to be claimed as representing either the editor or the paper in any larger sense. Sometimes it has been difficult to tell the name of a place or a person, which may not be fully given in the text. A town name might appear, with no state given, and there has been generally no attempt to guess. Often an item appears with a single letter to designate the writer. It is easy to guess that “G” means the editor, William Lloyd Garrison, or “Q” refers to Edmund Quincy, guest editor at times. Often the simple letter is left as it appears in the text, without attempt to guess who it signifies. The categories often include names of individuals. In some cases the reference will include only the name of the person, indicating that she/he was present at a meeting, or the subject of an oblique reference. In some cases the reference leads to more substantive information.

The collector of this data has tried to use punctuations as used in the paper. Spelling and punctuation usually appear as in the paper, even where errors are obvious. That does not excuse other errors made by the collector! Typos and mistakes will be inevitably found. . THE LIBERATOR devotes many pages and columns to poetry; the length of those lines has led to most of it being excluded here; those who seek that very important part of the newspaper will be disappointed.

Included are a number of items which have little obvious relationship to the purpose of the paper. They are there sometimes because they give a “flavor” of the spectrum of concerns of the editor, and sometimes, we suspect, simply because they are “fillers” for space which might otherwise have been empty! Try reading some of them; you may have unexpected fun!

Horace Seldon