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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Moody Memorial Library, we are counting down 50 unique items from the special collections housed in the half-century-old building. For this edition, we will look at some of our unique slavery resources.

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In honor of Black History Month, we are highlighting some of our rare slavery primary documents, including Noah Webster's antislavery treatise, arguments from religious leaders for and against slavery,  a collection of essays detailing the proper treatment of slaves, and an autobiography of a former slave that successfully escaped to freedom. See the link at the bottom of the post to make an appointment to see these and other extraordinary items in our special collections.


#46 : "Considerations on keeping Negroes recommended to the Professors of Christianity, of every denomination . Part second."  by John Woolman.


#45 : "Effects of slavery on morals and industry" by Noah Webster.


#44 : "A defence of southern slavery: against the attacks of Henry Clay and Alex'r Campbell.  In which much of the false philanthropy and mawkish sentimentalism of the abolitionists is met and refuted. In which it is moreover shown that the association of the white and black races in the relation of master and slave is the appointed order of God ... and constitutes the best social condition of both races, and the only true principle or republicanism" by a Southern clergyman.


#43 : "Duties of masters to sevants: three premium essays" by Rev. H. N. McTyeire, Rev. C. F. Sturgis and Rev. A. T. Holmes.


#42 : "Narrative of William W. Brown, a fugitive slave" written by William Wells Brown.


You can access these materials by arranging a visit with our special collections staff! To make an appointment, please visit our web page:

This post is part of the 50 for 50 series highlighting 50 unique and fascinating items found in the Central Libraries' special collections. The series is being held as part of the ongoing celebration of Moody Memorial Library's 50th anniversary.

Tuesday marks the 500th anniversary of Reformation Day, celebrated as the day Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenburg, Germany on October 31, 1517, the official starting point of the Protestant Reformation.

The Central Libraries is celebrating this momentous anniversary by presenting these amazing resources in the collection:

Confessio fidei exhibita invictiss (Confession of faith exhibited invictiss) is a  Lutheran Confession of faith written in Latin by one of Luther's collaborator's Philip Melanchthon and published in 1568.


'T Omstandige leven van den groten kerken leeraar en reformateur, docter Martinus Lutherus (The Real Life of the Great Church Teacher and Reformer, Dr. Martin Luther) was written by Andries Paauw in Dutch in 1731.


Biblia, das ist: Die gantze Heilige Schrift, Altes und Neues Testaments (Biblia, that is: The whole Holy Scriptures, Old and New Testaments) is a German Bible translation by Martin Luther that was published in 1708.  

To visit these resources and many more, start with our webpages: