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3nd Annual Open Archives Tour:
Cambridge in the 1860s

Cambridge Open Archives Tour

Cambridge Public Library

Book plate inscribed by Thomas Wentworth Higginson, founder of the Cambridge Room Collection. Higginson, future Chair of the Cambridge Public Library’s Board of Trustees and engine behind the Cambridge Room Collection, quit his position as the abolitionist minister of the Free Church in Worcester, Massachusetts to serve as the Colonel of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, the first African American regiment mustered into the service of the United States during the Civil War. When he returned from war, Colonel Higginson settled in his native Cambridge and dedicated his life to writing about the rights of freed slaves, workers, and women. He became involved in the civic life of the city, serving as the Library’s Trustee chair from 1889 to 1903. For this first public tour of the Cambridge Room in the new library building, the original Cambridge Room collection, curated in 1889 by Colonel Higginson, will be on view along with manuscripts, scrapbooks, and record books documenting Cambridge’s abolition movement and role during the Civil War.

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