The Liberator

These are complete archived issues of, and transcribed articles from, William Lloyd Garrison’s newspaper The Liberator (1831-1865), the most prominent periodical of radical Abolitionism in the united states of America. You can find scanned PDF documents of full issues of The Liberator, as well as a number of individual articles, columns and departments from the magazine that have been transcribed in HTML for ease of reading, searching, and linking. This is a project in progress, with the ultimate aim being to make all 35 years of The Liberator available in full on the web.

Manuscript history, &c. As of January 21, 2013, all full-issue PDFs are scanned from the reproductions available on microfilm (American Periodical Series, University Microfilms International, Ann Arbor, Mich.) through the Auburn University Libraries in Auburn, Alabama. Scans from other sources are welcome, if available, in order to supplement the collection when reproductions from the Auburn microform are illegible or defective. HTML transcriptions come either from the Auburn scans, or, occasionally from reprinted articles in William Lloyd Garrison and the Fight Against Slavery: Selections from The Liberator (ed. William E. Cain, Bedford/St. Martin’s). All issues made available so far were scanned by Charles W. Johnson in May–November 2012. A great part of the inspiration for this project came from Shawn P. Wilbur’s magnificent work in producing an online archive for Benjamin Tucker’s Liberty.

Material available online at the Fair Use Repository

Volume I (1831)

Volume II (1832)

Volume III (1833)

Volume IV (1834)

Volume V (1835)

Volume VI (1836)

Volume VII (1837)

Volume VIII (1838)

Volume IX (1839)

Volume X (1840)

Volume XIII (1843)

Volume XV (1845)

Volume XVII (1847)

Volume XIX (1849)

Volume XX (1850)

Volume XXI (1851)

Volume XXIII (1853)

Volume XXV (1855)

Volume XXVI (1856)

Volume XXVIII (1858)

Volume XXIX (1859)

Volume XXX (1860)

Volume XXXIII (1863)

Volume XXXIV (1864)

Volume XXXV (1865)