William Still-An African-American Abolitionist is a collection of digitized archival resources, detailing the life and times of Still and his family, primarily his daughter, Caroline Still Anderson.  Covering much of his social and political activities, the collection provides a glimpse into Still’s life, highlighting his accomplishments, fatherhood, family matters, and concerns for the state of affairs of African Americans in the nineteenth century.  This site includes family letters, family photographs and abolitionist pamphlets from the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries.



Many individuals contributed to the success of this project.

Temple University Libraries staff:

Doreva Belfiore, Digital Library Initiatives
Aslaku Berhanu, Librarian, Charles L. Blockson Collection
Phil D’Andrea, Digital Library Initiatives
Delphine Khanna, Head, Digital Library Initiatives
H.J. Omar Mitchell, Director of Finance and Facilities
Diane Turner, Curator, Charles L. Blockson Collection
Leslie Willis-Lowry, Charles L. Blockson Collection


Temple University Student Assistants:

Phoebe Bachman, Special Collections Research Center
Michael Carroll, Digital Library Initiatives
Carmen Cunningham, Digital Library Initiatives
Clyde Ledbetter, Charles L. Blockson Collection
Audrey Lengel, Digital Library Initiatives
Rita Mookerjee,  Charles L. Blockson Collection 
Irene S. Onyango,  Charles L. Blockson Collection
John Shortino, Special Collections Research Center
Jazmyne J. Wade,  Charles L. Blockson Collection 
Yan Wang, Digital Library Initiatives
Mariah Welch, Digital Library Initiatives


External participants:
Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, Professor, Department of African American Studies, Temple University
Charles L. Blockson, Curator Emeritus, Charles L. Blockson Collection, historian and bibliophile
Dr. Regina Jennings, author of Malcolm X and the Poetics of Haki R. Madhubuti
Aisha Madhi, Teacher, School District of Philadelphia, Constitution High School
Donald Scott, history columnist and author



Conservation and housing of the William Still letters and photographs, as well as abolitionist pamphlets, were completed by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts.

In transcribing some of William and Caroline Still's correspondence, Temple University Libraries utilized the retroReveal image discovery tool to enhance some digital images.The Libraries wish to thank the retroReveal Project and the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library for the free use of its software.



William Still: An African-American Abolitionist, with rare and unique materials drawn from the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, is sponsored by a Federal Save America’s Treasures Grant administered by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Temple University Libraries is grateful for this support.


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