Documenting and Preparing National Register Nominations
The National Park Service has prepared the following technical
guidance to assist researchers in documenting and preparing National
Register nominations for properties associated with the Underground
Railroad Resources In The United States: Theme Study, National
Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form,
National Register History and Education, National Park Service, U.S.
Department of the Interior, 1998.
This theme study was prepared by the National Historic Landmarks
(NHL) Survey program. It includes a history of the Underground Railroad,
identifies historic property types, establishes registration requirements
for National Register listing and NHL designation and includes an
a Common Past: Researching and Interpreting the Underground Railroad,
U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, History Office,
National Register, History, and Education, 1998.
Produced by the History Office of the National Park Service, this
publication provides a historic context for the Underground Railroad,
information on using primary sources, a case study that tracks an
escape from Virginia to Canada, and an extensive bibliography.
- Model National Historic Landmark Nominations
Rokeby, Addison County, Vermont
This nomination documents the home of the Robinson family whose
many letters, account books, and diaries document their involvement
in the antislavery cause.
Download the nomination
Download the nomination
F. Julius LeMoyne House, Washington County, Pennsylvania
This nomination documents the LeMoyne House, a center of antislavery
activity in southwestern Pennsylvania from the 1830s through the
end of slavery.
nomination in Word
nomination in WordPerfect
John P. Parker House, Brown County, Ohio
This nomination documents the house where John Parker (1827-1900),
a former slave, lived from about 1853 until his death. From this
location Parker planned many rescue attempts of slaves held captive
in the "borderlands" of Kentucky.
Download the nomination
Download the nomination
Early Histories of the Underground Railroad
- John Hope Franklin and Alfred Moss, Jr., From Slavery to Freedom:
A History of African Americans 7th ed. , New York: McGraw-Hill
Publishing Co., 1994.
- Underground Railroad, Official National Park Handbook, No.
156, Division of Publications, National Park Service, U.S. Department
of the Interior, 1998.
- Underground Railroad, Official Map and Guide, Division of
Publications, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior,
- Underground Railroad Special Resource Study, Management
Concepts/Environmental Assessment, National Park Service, Denver Service
Center, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1995.
Collections of Slave Narratives, Letters, Speeches,
Editorials, and Newspaper Accounts
- Wilbur Siebert, The Underground Railroad from Slavery to Freedom
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1898.
- William Still, The Underground Railroad reprint ed. Arno
Press: New York, 1968/orig. ed. Phila., 1872.
Separating Myth from Reality
- John Blassingame, Slave Testimony: Two Centuries of Letters,
Speeches, Interviews, and Autobiographies Baton Rouge: Louisiana
State University Press, 1977.
- Charles Blockson, The Underground Railroad New York: Prentice
- George Rawick, The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography
Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Publishing Company, 1972.
- Peter C. Ripley, et al., eds. The Black Abolitionist Papers
5 vol. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1985-93.
History of the Antislavery Movement
- Larry Gara, The Liberty Line: The Legend of the Underground Railroad
reprint ed. 1996 Lexington:University of Kentucky Press, 1996/orig.
ed. Lex., 1961.
African Americans Participation in the Civil War
- Merton Dillon, Slavery Attacked: Southern Slaves and their Allies,
1619-1865 Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University,1990.
- Benjamin Quarles, Black Abolitionists New York: Oxford University
Historic Places Associated with African Americans
- Ira Berlin, Joseph R. Reidy, and Leslie Rowland, eds., Freedom:
A Documentary History of Emancipation 1861-1867, Series II, The
Black Military Experience Cambridge University Press, 1982.
- Beth L. Savage, ed., African American Historic Places Washington,
D.C.: The Preservation Press, 1994.
- Paula Byers, African American Genealogy Sourcebook, 1995.
- Charles Blockson, Black Genealogy Baltimore, MD: Black Classic
Press, 1991, Orig. pub. 1977.
- Curtis, Anna L. Stories
of the Underground Railroad, 1941. (This link takes you
to a pdf version of this collection of stories, written for children)
- Train Without Tracks "Secrets of the Underground Railroad" Learning Activity Book. Available from the Home Based Arts website http://www.homebasedarts.org
Website Links for Further Information:
- National Underground Railroad
Network to Freedom
National Park Service has implemented a this program to coordinate
preservation and education efforts nationwide and integrate local
historical places, museums, and interpretive programs associated with
the Underground Railroad into a mosaic of community, regional, and
- National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Newly opened in 2004--after 10 years of planning by Underground Railroad
communities, universities, cultural groups, and the public--this museum offers a place to learn about present and past freedom movements from
around the world.
Delaware Tourism Office
Find out about accommodations, special events, and travel resources
in Delaware from the state's official tourism web site.
Illinois Bureau of Tourism
Explore the state's official travel page, "Enjoy Illinois,"
a web site devoted to helping you plan your next trip to Illinois.
Visit Indiana's state tourism site, which includes Bed and Breakfast
listings, an events schedule, and useful links to Indiana's individual
county web sites.
Division of Tourism
Learn more about travel regions, resources, and historic destinations
in Iowa at the state's official tourism web site.
Office of Travel and Tourism
Visit the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism web site, including
the site's extensive list of historic attractions.
York Travel and Tourism
Home page of the "I love New York" tourism program, this
site includes various resources for travel in New York, and history
themed tours and trips in the "I love historic New York"
Division of Travel and Tourism
Learn more about different historic attractions, lodging, and travel
ideas in Ohio with the state's official tourism website.
Pennsylvania Visitors Guide
Explore Pennsylvania's official tourism page, with travel resources
available for a broad range of interests, including a large listing
of historic destinations.
Department of Tourism and Marketing
Visit the "Vermont Traveler's Guide," the state tourism
site, and find out about historic destinations and present cultural
Trust for Historic Preservation
Learn about the programs of the oldest national non-profit preservation
Hotels of America
A feature of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Heritage
Traveler program that provides information on historic hotels and
package tours in the vicinity of this itinerary.
- National Park Service
Office of Tourism
National parks have been interwoven with tourism from their earliest
days. This website highlights the ways in which the NPS promotes and
supports sustainable, responsible, informed, and managed visitor use
through cooperation and coordination with the tourism industry.
- National Scenic Byways Program
This website, maintained by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, includes information on state and nationally designated byway routes throughout America based on their archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities. Visit the America’s Byways Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway website for more ideas.
- Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itineraries
Other travel itineraries in the National Park Service's ongoing series include many historic destinations that you can visit online or in person. Each itinerary spotlights a different geographic region, community, or theme.
- Teaching with Historic Places
This website, maintained by the National Park Service, offers online classroom-ready place-based lesson plans created by historians and educators to help teachers use historic places in the classroom. Each lesson is linked to national standards for history and the social studies.
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