Our Bondage and Our Freedom: The Walter O. Evans Collection - A Frederick Douglass Celebration Event

Feb 23 to Feb 23
From: 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM
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Our Bondage and Our Freedom: The Walter O. Evans Collection - A Frederick Douglass Celebration Event

Author Celeste-Marie Bernier will present her latest work on Frederick Douglass and family: While there have been many Frederick Douglasses – Douglass the abolitionist, Douglass the statesman, Douglass the autobiographer, Douglass the orator, Douglass the reformer, Douglass the essayist, and Douglass the politician – as we commemorate his two-hundred anniversary in 2018, it is now time begin to trace the many lives of Douglass as a family man. Working with the inspirational Frederick Douglass family materials held in the Walter O. Evans Collection, this talk will trace the activism, artistry and authorship of Frederick Douglass not in isolation but alongside the sufferings and struggles for survival of his daughters and sons: Rosetta, Lewis Henry, Frederick Jr., Charles Remond and Annie Douglass. As activists, educators, campaigners, civil rights protesters, newspaper editors, orators, essayists, and historians in their own right, Rosetta, Lewis Henry, Frederick Jr., Charles Remond and Annie Douglass each played a vital role in the freedom struggles of their father. They were no less afraid to sacrifice everything they had as they each fought for Black civic, cultural, political, and social liberties by every means necessary. No isolated endeavor undertaken by an exemplary icon, the fight for freedom was a family business to which all the Douglasses dedicated their lives as their rallying cry lives on to inspire today’s activism: “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!”

This event is being held at Legislative Services Building-Joint Hearing Room at 90 State Circle in Annapolis.

This Event is Brought to You By Maryland State Archives

Our Bondage and Our Freedom: The Walter O. Evans Collection - A Frederick Douglass Celebration Event

The State Archives serves as the central depository for government records of permanent value. Its holdings date from Maryland's founding in 1634, and include colonial and state executive, legislative, and judicial records; county probate, land, and court records; church records; business records; state publications and reports; and special collections of private papers, maps, photographs, and newspapers. These records are kept in a humidity and temperature controlled environment and any necessary preservation measures are conducted in the Archives' conservation laboratory.

Some of the diverse materials in our collections include:

Government Records
Visitors may use the Guide to Government Records as a finding aid for records which have been created or received by government agencies at the state, county, and municipal level including but not limited to birth, death, marriage, court, land, and legislative. For more information see: http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=topviewed

Special Collections
Visitors may use the Special Collections Catalog as the finding aid for records acquired as gifts or deposits by private donors and generally consists of personal letters, diaries, organizational records, religious records, newspapers, photographs, maps, and documents.

Governor's Office Photo Gallery
Showcasing photographs taken at special events around the State of Maryland during the current gubernatorial administration. For earlier administrations, see below. See: http://govpics.maryland.gov/pages/Default.aspx

Historical Photographs of Maryland 
Highlighting the photographic collections of the Maryland State Archives, including photographs taken at special events around the State of Maryland during previous gubernatorial administrations. See: http://histpics.msa.maryland.gov/pages/Search.aspx

Library
The State Archives operates a non-lending research library. Published sources and records relating to Maryland, its history and government; counties, cities and towns; biographies; institutions; associations; businesses; and genealogies are available for public use.

Also included is the Department of Natural Resources Library containing books, pamphlets and government reports on biology, fisheries, wildlife, water quality, environment, and geology, with special emphasis on the Chesapeake Bay.

Government Publications
The State Archives also collects and makes accessible published sources, from annual and other department and agency reports to newsletters and press releases.

Maryland Land Records
Land records include a variety of types of documents. They are found at the State or Provincial level and at the county or local level. Deeds and similar records pertaining to the owning and buying and selling of land can contain clues to the former places of residence of the buyer (grantee) or seller (grantor), clues to the ancestry of the seller, clues to marriages, and data on the occupations of the parties involved. If the individual could not sign his or her name, the mark he or she made may be compared with similar marks on other deeds, to see if all the deeds involved the same individual. For online land record access, please see: http://v3.mdlandrec.net/main/
For access to Land Survey, Subdivision & Condominium Plats, please see: http://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/stagser/s1500/s1529/html/0000.html

State Art Collection
The Maryland Commission on Artistic Property is the official custodian of all valuable paintings and other decorative arts owned by or loaned to the state.  The Commission provides for the acquisition, location, proper care, custody, restoration, display, interpretation and preservation of these paintings and decorative arts.  It is a unit of the Maryland State Archives.

Archives of Maryland Online
The Archives of Maryland Online provides direct access to over 471,000 historical documents that form the constitutional, legal, legislative, judicial, and administrative basis of Maryland government.