• Cedar Hill

    Frederick Douglass

    National Historic Site District of Columbia

Collections

Wide Angle of Library for Body Text

Douglass' library today.

Carol Highsmith

Douglass' Library

Frederick Douglass' library is a special place. Lit by its three large windows, books on almost every imaginable subjects fill the many bookcases. Off to the side, a black iron stove promises cozy warmth on cold days. In the center of the room, a heavy wooden desk sits awaiting the author's next great sentence. Douglass was a true man of letters, and standing in his library his ideas seem to fill the room. It is a room where if you close your eyes and reach out your hands it seems almost possible to touch the mind of Frederick Douglass.

A visit to Cedar Hill is a wonderful way to experience Douglass' ideas. However, a tour of the house doesn't allow for a close inspection of the titles in the library's book cases.

Fortunately, we now have a searchable list of all the books in the Park Service's collection. It may not be a complete list of all the books Douglass owned, but we believe that it covers that vast majority. We hope you have fun exploring his books, and check back as we hope to eventually also post lists of his pamphlets and music.

List of Books

List of Booklets

Douglass's 1871 Diary (from his trip with a commission to consider U.S. annexation of the Dominican Republic)

Helen Douglass's Diary from 1887 and 1889 (including trips to France, Italy, Egypt, and Haiti)

 

Did You Know?

The Growlery

Behind Cedar Hill is a reconstruction of the "Growlery," where Frederick Douglass retreated to work and "growl" when he was in the mood. This one-room den was simply furnished with a fireplace, desk, and couch.