American Colonization Society

Records: 347,200 · Complete: 98%

The American Colonization Society was formed in Washington, DC, in 1817 to establish a colony in Africa for free people of color residing in the US. Most of the documents found here are letters between Liberia and representatives of the Society. Many cover fundraising issues relating to support and education in the newly-formed country. You will also find account books, annual reports, news clippings, and related manuscripts. The Society's most active period was prior to, and just after, the Civil War.

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"American Colonization Society" database with images Fold3 ( accessed January 17, 2021)

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347,200 · Complete: 98%
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05 Nov 2007
Last Updated
07 May 2008
Documents relating to the American Colonization Society, 1792-1964, an organization best known for its role in founding Liberia.