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Cambridge Anti-Slavery Society Records, May 1836

Identifier: 129

Collection Overview

The Cambridge Anti-Slavery Society Records contains one item, the Constitution of the Cambridge Anti-Slavery Society, a handwritten copy of the original constitution dated 1836.


  • May 1836


Access to Collection

This collection is open to research

Conditions Governing Use

The materials in this collection are believed to be in the public domain. However, it is the responsibility of the researcher to understand and observe copyright law and to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyright. Questions concerning copyright and permission to publish should be directed to the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections.


Cambridge and Boston in the 19th century was a hotbed of anti-slavery activity from the preaching of William Lloyd Garrison to the talks given by Frederick Douglass. The American Anti-Slavery Society was formed by Garrison and Arthur Tappan in 1833. The follwing year, the Cambridge Anti-Slavery Society was formed and a constitution was written on June 3, 1834 with the purpose of raising awareness and petitioning the United States Congress for the total abolition of slavery. The group was led by Aretmas B. Muzzey who recruited like minded men in Cambridge who believed in the complete eradication of slavery. The Cambridge division bcame part of the larger, national group in 1834 and regularly sent members to anti-slavery conferences. The Cambridge Anti-Slavery Society continued operating until the 1840s, but there is no documentation as to when the society disbanded.


0.8 Linear Feet

1 Files (Folder)

1 Items

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Organization of Collection

The collection contains 1 item.

Custodial History

This is an artificial collection created by the archivist from an older, artificially created collection. There is no known donor record on file.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Allyson Doyle under the supervision of Alyssa Pacy in October 2016.
Cambridge Anti-Slavery Society Records, May 1836
The EAD finding aid was created by Allyson Doyle under the supervision of Alyssa Pacy in October 2016
12 October 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Cambridge Public Library
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Cambridge MA 02138 USA