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Harriet Tubman: Online Resources

Compiled by Angela McMillian, Digital Reference Specialist

Harriet Tubman, full-length portrait, standing with hands on back of a chair
Portrait of Harriet Tubman
1 photograph.
[Auburn, N.Y.]
[Benjamin Powelson]
[1868 or 1869]
Prints & Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with Harriet Tubman, including manuscripts, photographs, and books. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to Harriet Tubman that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on Tubman and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers.

Library of Congress | External Web Sites | Selected Bibliography

Digital Collections

African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907

This collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900. Harriet Tubman is mentioned in the Minutes of the Second Convention of the National Association of Colored Women...

An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

This collection comprises 28,000 primary source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompassing key events and eras in American history. Harriet Tubman is mentioned in An old Story Made New: Negro Makers of History by Carter Godwin Woodson.

American Women: A Gateway to Library of Congress Resources for the Study of Women’s History and Culture in the United States

The site contains a slightly expanded and fully searchable version of the print publication American Women: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2001). The guide includes a brief biography on Harriet Tubman.

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

This collection consists of a linked set of published congressional records of the United States of America from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875. Search the collection to find five items that mention Harriet Tubman.

Miller NAWSA Suffrage Scrapbooks, 1897-1911

The Elizabeth Smith Miller and Anne Fitzhugh Miller scrapbooks are a part of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) Collection in the Library's Rare Book and Special Collections Division. These scrapbooks document the activities of the Geneva Political Equality Club, which the Millers founded in 1897, as well as efforts at the state, national, and international levels to win the vote for women. Browse the collection by subject to locate four items pertaining to Harriet Tubman.

Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848-1921

The NAWSA Collection consists of 167 books, pamphlets and other artifacts documenting the suffrage campaign. Harriet Tubman is mentioned in the timeline One Hundred Years Toward Suffrage.

America's Library

Meet Amazing Americans: Harriet Tubman

Designed for elementary and middle-school students, America's Library provides a variety of stories about Harriet Tubman, including Tubman: Conductor of the Underground Railroad, Tubman's Early Years and Escape from Slavery, and Tubman During the Civil War.


African-American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship

This exhibition showcases the incomparable African-American collections of the Library of Congress. The book Harriet, the Moses of Her People by Sarah H. Bradford is included the Abolition section.

Prints and Photographs Division

Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject heading Tubman, Harriet, 1820?-1913 to find digital images related to Tubman. Search in PPOC using the phrase Harriet Tubman to locate additional images.

Serial & Government Publications Division

Topics in Chronicling America

Chronicling America provides free access to millions of historic American newspaper pages. The Serial & Government Publications Division has created topic guides to newspapers in Chronicling America. Included on the topics page is a guide for Harriet Tubman.

Special Presentation

African American History Month Portal

In celebration of African American History Month, this Web site highlights the many resources on African-American history and culture available from our extensive online collections.

Teachers Page

Features and Activities

American Memory Timeline

A comprehensive look at America's history through primary sources. Explore documents relating to slavery during the National Expansion and Reform Era.

From Slavery to Civil Rights: A Timeline of African-American History

This interactive activity introduces African-American history through primary sources.

Women's Words of Wisdom

Discover the wisdom shared by women from many walks of life through the years of America's past. Click on Harriet Tubman to listen to her words of wisdom in this activity.

Lesson Plans

Slavery in the United States: Primary Sources and the Historical Record

This lesson introduces students to primary sources -- what they are, their great variety, and how they can be analyzed.

Virtual Programs and Services

Web Guides produced by the Digital Reference Section of the Library of Congress

African American Sites in the Digital Collections

This guide highlights contributions by African Americans to the arts, education, industry, literature, politics and much more as represented in the vast online collections of the Library. Harriet Tubman is included in the National Expansion and Reform Era.

Slavery Resource Guide

This guide provides links to resources for slavery and a bibliography containing selections for both general and younger readers.

Link disclaimerExternal Web Sites

The African-American Experience in Ohio 1850-1920

This digital collection illuminates specific moments in the history of Ohio's African-Americans and provides an overview of their experiences during the time period 1850 to 1920 in the words of the people that lived them. Included in the collection is a newspaper article entitled "Unveil Tubman Memorial" from the Cleveland Advocate.

Africans in America: America's Journey through Slavery, from PBS

The Africans in America Web site is a companion to Africans in America, a six-hour public television series. The site examines the economic and intellectual foundations of slavery in America and the global economy that prospered from it. It reveals how the presence of African people and their struggle for freedom transformed America. The site includes a brief biography on Harriet Tubman, a photograph of Tubman, and a document for the Incident that Happened in Troy, New York.

The Church in the Southern Black Community, 1780-1925

This compilation of printed texts traces how Southern African Americans experienced and transformed Protestant Christianity into the central institution of community life. A sketch of Harriet Tubman's life is included in the book Women of Achievement: Written for the Fireside Schools Under the Auspices of the Woman's American Baptist Home Mission Society by Benjamin Griffith Brawley.

Documenting the American South, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Documenting the American South (DocSouth) is a digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. The project includes the full text of Harriet, the Moses of Her People and Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman by Sarah H. Bradford.

National Women's Hall of Fame: Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1973.

Selected Bibliography

Bradford, Sarah H. Harriet Tubman: The Moses of Her People. Bedford, Mass.: Applewood Books, 1993.
LC Call Number: E444.T82 B73 1993 [Catalog Record]

-----. Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman. Freeport, N.Y.:, Books for Libraries Press, 1971.
LC Call Number: E444 .T894 1971 [Catalog Record]

Clinton, Catherine. Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom. Boston: Little, Brown, 2004.
LC Call Number: E444.T82 C57 2004 [Catalog Record]

Humez, Jean McMahon. Harriet Tubman: The Life and the Life Stories. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2003.
LC Call Number: E444.T82 H86 2003 [Catalog Record]

Larson, Kate Clifford. Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero. New York: Ballantine, 2004.
LC Call Number: E444.T82 L37 2004 [Catalog Record]

Lowry, Beverly. Harriet Tubman: Imagining a Life. New York: Doubleday, 2007.
LC Call Number: E444.T82 L68 2007 [Catalog Record]

Sernett, Milton C. Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory, and History. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2007.
LC Call Number: E444.T82 S45 2007 [Catalog Record]

Younger Readers

Benge, Janet. Harriet Tubman: Freedombound. Lynnwood, Wash.: Emerald Books, 2002.
LC Call Number: E444.T82 B427 2002 [Catalog Record]

Blue, Rose. Harriet Tubman: Riding the Freedom Train. Brookfield, Conn.: The Millbrook Press, 2003.
LC Call Number: E444.T82 B58 2003 [Catalog Record]

Gayle, Sharon Shavers. Harriet Tubman and the Freedom Train. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2003.
LC Call Number: E444.T82 G39 2003 [Catalog Record]

Klingel, Cynthia Fitterer. Harriet Tubman: Abolitionist and Underground Railroad Conductor. Chanhassen, Minn.: Child's World, 2004.
LC Call Number: E444.T82 K558 2004 [Catalog Record]

Koestler-Grack, Rachel A. The Story of Harriet Tubman. Philadelphia: Chelsea Clubhouse, 2004.
LC Call Number: E444.T82 .K64 2004 [Catalog Record]

Kudlinski, Kathleen V. Harriet Tubman: Freedom's Trailblazer. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2002.
LC Call Number: E444.T82 K83 2002 [Catalog Record]

Kulling, Monica. Escape North!: The Story of Harriet Tubman. New York: Random House, 2003.
LC Call Number: E444.T82 K85 2003 [Catalog Record]

McDonough, Yona Zeldis. Who Was Harriet Tubman? New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 2002.
LC Call Number: E444.T82 M375 2002 [Catalog Record]

Schraff, Anne E. Harriet Tubman: Moses of the Underground Railroad. Berkeley Heights, N.J.: Enslow Pub, 2001.
LC Call Number: E444.T82 S36 2001 [Catalog Record]

Weatherford, Carole Boston. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2006.
LC Call Number: E444.T82 W43 2006 [Catalog Record]

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