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Sojourner Truth: Online Resources

Compiled by Angela McMillian, Digital Reference Specialist

Sojourner Truth, three-quarter length portrait, standing, wearing spectacles, shawl, and peaked cap, right hand resting on cane
Sojourner Truth...
1 Photographic Print on Carte De Visite Mount: Albumen.
Prints & Photographs Division.
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The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with Sojourner Truth, including manuscripts, photographs, and books. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to Sojourner Truth that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on Sojourner Truth and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers.

Library of Congress Web Site | External Web Sites | Selected Bibliography

Digital Collections

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 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. The collection incldues a photomechanical print of Sojourner Truth that includes a quote.

National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection

The NAWSA Collection consists of 167 books, pamphlets, and other artifacts documenting the suffrage campaign. They are a subset of the Library's larger collection donated in November 1938 by Carrie Chapman Catt, longtime president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Search the collection on Sojourner Truth to locate other documents.

Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910

This collection portrays the states of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin from the seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries through first-person accounts; biographies; promotional literature; local histories; ethnographic, antiquarian, and colonial archival documents, and other texts drawn from the Library of Congress' General Collections and Rare Books and Special Collections Division.


African-American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship

This exhibition showcases the incomparable African-American collections of the Library of Congress. It displays more than 240 items, including books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings.

Prints and Photographs Division

Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject heading Truth, Sojourner,--d. 1883 to find digital images related to Truth.

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

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

Use this interactive time line-based activity to introduce the topic of African-American history through primary sources.


This feature presentation introduces teachers and students to the topic of Immigration. The Resistance and Abolition page within the African section includes a photograph of Sojourner Truth. She is also mentioned in the text.

Lesson Plans

Nineteenth Century Women: Struggle and Triumph

Students synthesize information from primary sources and write their impressions of women in the Northeast, Southeast, or the West during the nineteeth century.

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

Suffragists and Their Tactics

Students work primarily with two American Memory collections, "Votes for Women" Suffrage Pictures: 1850-1920 and Votes for Women: 1848-1921, to understand how the suffragists of the early twentieth century changed the requirements for voting in America.

Suffrage Strategies: Voices for Votes

Students examine a variety of primary source documents related to the women's suffrage movement. They identify different methods that people used to influence and change attitudes and beliefs about suffrage for women. Students create original documents encouraging citizens to vote in current elections.

Women's Suffrage: Their Rights and Nothing Less

Students describe and compare methods used by suffragists to pass the nineteenth Amendment at the national level.

Themed Resources

Women's History

Examine print materials, photographs, and webcasts presenting women’s sometimes-overlooked contributions to history; learn about women as diverse as Jane Addams, Dorothea Lange, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman and Zora Neale Hurston.

Today in History

November 26

Preacher, abolitionist, and women's rights advocate Sojourner Truth died in Battle Creek, Michigan, on November 26, 1883.

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. Sojourner Truth is included in the Civil War and Reconstruction section.

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

Cornell University Library Making of America Collection

The collection includes 955 volumes from twenty-two nineteenth-century periodicals digitized by Cornell University as part of the original Making of America project.

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 collection includes several titles that pertain to Sojourner Truth.

National Women's Hall of Fame: Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1981.

On the Trail of Sojourner Truth in Ulster County, New York By Corinne Nyquist Librarian, Sojourner Truth Library

Page developed by Librarian Corinne Nyquist from the Sojourner Truth Library provides information and primary resources that pertain to Sojourner Truth.

Sojourner Truth Institute of Battle Creek

In 1998 the Sojourner Truth Institute of Battle Creek was established as an affiliate of the Battle Creek Community Foundation to "expand the historical and biographical knowledge of her life's work and carry on her mission by teaching, demonstrating and promoting projects that accentuate the ideals and principles for which she stood."

Sojourner Truth Memorial Web Site

This site describes the origin of the Sojourner Truth Memorial project, its mission, and it provides links to resources pertaining to Truth.

Selected Works by Sojourner Truth

Gilbert, Olive. Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Bondswoman of Olden Time, with a History of Her Labors and Correspondence Drawn from Her Book of Life ; Also , A Memorial Chapter. New York: Penguin Books, 1998.
LC Call Number: E185.97 .T875 [Catalog Record]

Papers of Sojourner Truth, 1853-1883.
LC Call Number: MMC [Catalog Record]

Selected Biographies and other Studies of Truth

Mabee, Carleton. Sojourner Truth--Slave, Prophet, Legend. New York: New York University Press, 1993. LC Call Number: E185.97.T8 M32 1993 [Catalog Record]

Painter, Nell Irvin. Sojourner Truth: A Life, a Symbol. New York: W. W. Norton, 1996.
LC Call Number: E185.97.T8 P35 1996 [Catalog Record]

Stetson, Erlene. Glorying in Tribulation: The Lifework of Sojourner Truth. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1994.
LC Call Number: E185.97.T8 S74 1994 [Catalog Record]

Whalin, Terry. Sojourner Truth: American Abolitionist. Uhrichsville, Ohio: Barbour, 1997.
LC Call Number: E185.97.T8 W48 1997 [Catalog Record]

For Younger Readers

Mattern, Joanne. Sojourner Truth: Early Abolitionist. New York: PowerKids Press, 2003.
LC Call Number: E185.97.T8 M36 2003 [Catalog Record]

McKissack, Pat. Sojourner Truth: A Voice for Freedom. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2002.
LC Call Number: E185.97.T8 M37 2002 [Catalog Record]

Ruffin, Frances E. Her Story, Her Words: The Narrative of Sojourner Truth. New York: Rosen, 2004.
LC Call Number: E185.97 .T897 2004 [Catalog Record]

Slade, Suzanne. Sojourner Truth: Preacher for Freedom and Equality. Minneapolis: Picture Window Books, 2008.
LC Call Number: E185.97.T8 S58 2008 [Catalog Record]

Swain, Gwenyth. Sojourner Truth. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 2005.
LC Call Number: E185.97.T8 S93 2005 [Catalog Record]

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