Arranged in sixteen folders, according to a previously existing Brandeis manuscript collection record: 1. The pre-war slavery controversy; 2. The conduct of the war (Copperheads, Emancipation Proclamation); 3. Black competence; 4. Readmission of former Confederate states; 5. Abolitionism and reform movements; 6. The Bible/Sabbath; 7. Temperance; 8. On free speech; 9. Woman suffrage; 10. Spiritualism; 11. Assorted notices presumed to have appeared in the Liberator; 12. Garrison family correspondence; 13. The Garrison Testimonial Fund Drive; 14. Letters to Francis Jackson Garrison; 15. Unclassified items; 16. Miscellaneous items.
Note that many items in this collection are undated; dates noted in brackets are generally those noted in the original Brandeis manuscript collection record and/or those surmised from the content of the texts. Each item is also marked with its item number (e.g., 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, etc.). Some items have writing on their reverse sides which is not that of William Lloyd Garrison, as Garrison evidently recycled paper for future reuse. Numbers in parentheses in item descriptions refer to these other writers. For example, 3/5 (1) means three pieces of paper, five page sides of relevant material, and one page side of unrelated material; an item listed only as 3/5 includes three pieces of paper, 5 page sides of relevant material, and one blank page side. Only a small attempt has been made to identify the various correspondences on the backs of the Garrison material.
T: typed; A: autograph; L: letter; N: note(s); D: document; S: signed; I: initialed. E.g., ALI: autograph letter initialed.
For more information about each folder, please consult the descriptions in the box and folder listing.