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About this collection

The Wilbur H. Siebert Collection contains correspondence, notes, manuscripts, student papers, maps, and photographs related to the Underground Railroad. Research material includes the responses generated by his seven-question survey and copies and notes from a wide variety of sources: books; diaries; letters; photographs; newspaper articles; biographies and memoirs; state, county, and local histories; annual reports; trial records; U.S. and Canadian census reports; legislation; and Congressional speeches. Siebert also conducted interviews with Underground Railroad agents and former fugitive slaves. He organized his research by state and county, eventually binding his notes in volumes according to the location of the Underground Railroad station or activity. The collection contains bound and unbound volumes of Siebert's research.

 

Over 5,000 items from the collection are digitized here. This material represents all of the Ohio items in the collection. Materials related to other states are available on microfilm. The collection can be accessed in several ways:

 

 

For more information about the collection, please consult the finding aid or contact ohiomemory@ohiohistory.org.

 

 
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