Philip David Sang Collection

The Philip David Sang Collection contains unpublished and published works and ephemera united by its focus on the struggle of Africans and African Americans through the Middle Passage to the Civil Rights movement.

During the 20th century, Chicago native and former president of the Illinois State Historical Society Philip David Sang collected a wide variety of documents and manuscripts exploring American history. The majority of the collection, and the selections made available here, document the African American experience in slavery and in the resistance which culminated in its abolition. Series include Abolitionism, Runaways, Inventory and Birth Records.

The Philip David Sang Collection is housed in the Harsh Collection.

More CPL Resources

Finding Aid

Philip David Sang Collection
The descriptive inventory for the complete physical collection.
American Civil War Documents, Manuscripts, Letters and Diaries and Grand Army of the Republic Collections
Series 8 contains documents related to the sale and trade of slaves as well as published speeches.
Illinois Writers Project: “Negro in Illinois” Papers
Notes and documents collected by the WPA on slavery, abolition and the Underground Railroad.
Madeline Stratton Morris Papers
Includes manuscripts and clippings relating to slavery.
Richard Durham Papers
Collection includes scripts for radio plays devoted to the Black experience in America.

External Resources

Philip D. Sang Collection of Presidential Signatures, 1787-1956
Correspondence and documents written by prominent names in American history dating from the American Revolutionary War to the early 1950s.
Philip D. Sang collections at Brandeis University
Materials related to the signers of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution.