Martin Delany's Writings

Martin Delany's writings are scattered throughout many collections, archives, and libraries. These sources of copies of his writings can be reached either by email, where appropriate, or by phone or postcard.


1. "Blake or The Huts of America: A Tale of the Mississippi Valley, the Southern United States(serialized in 1859 in "The Anglo African Magazine;" 1861 and 1862 in the "Weekly Anglo African Magazine." Beacon Press, 1989. For further information, contact or the publisher at 1 800 788 6262.

2. "The Condition, Elevation, Emigration and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States Politically Considered," (Philadelphia, published by the author, 1852). Reprinted by Arno Press, 1968. For further information, contact Available in hardback from Theodore Presser Co. (Call 1 610 525 3636) and paperback at Black Classics Press (Call 1 410 358 0980).

3. "Official Report of the Niger River Valley Exploring Party," by M.R. Delany, Chief Commissioner to Africa (New York and London, Eng., 1861). Reprinted in "Search for a Place," edited by Howard Bell (University of Michigan Press, 1969).

4. "Principia of Ethnology: The Origin of Races and Color with an Archaeological Compendium and Egyptian Civilization from Years of Careful Examination and Enquiry." (Philadelphia, 1879). For information, available through or through Black Classics (Call 1 410 358 0980).

5. "The Origin and Objects of Ancient Freemasonry; Its Introduction into the United States and Legitimacy Among Colored Men," (Pittsburgh, 1853). Available in the Library of Congress, Washington D.C., and Western Reserve Historical Society Library, 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106 1788 SAN 313 3915. (Call 1 216 721 5722 or FAX 216 721 0645).

6. "National Polity" address to the students of Wilberforce University. Available in the Dawson Pamphlet Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Walter Royal Davis Library, CB 3900, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 8890 SAN 354 5520. (Call 1 919 962 1301 or present online reference search requests at HTTP://WWW.UNC.EDU/DPTS/HSRC/.

7. "Homes for the Freedman" (Charleston, S.C., 1871) in the Boston Public Library, 666 Boylston St., Boston, MA. 02117 0286. (Call 617 536 5400 or FAX 617 236 4306).

8. "Political Destiny of the Colored Race on the American Continent" is located in the Index of the Report of the Select Committee on House Resolution No. 576, printed July, 1862 by the House of Representatives.

9. "The Mystery" newspaper: two copies are in the "miscellaneous Pittsburgh newspaper" file, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 4080 SAN 359 2561 (Call 1 412 622 3100 or FAX 412 621 1267 or e mail See Local History Special Collection, Pittsburgh Newspapers).

10. "The North Star" newspaper, which Delany reported for in the late 1840's is available on microfilm at the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture, 515 Malcom X Blvd., N.Y., N.Y. 10037 SAN 353 3468. (Call 1 212 491 2200 or FAX 212 491 6760).

11. "The Provincial Freeman," published by the Shadd family in Chatham, West Ontario during Delany's stay there, contains articles by MRD. Available in the Chatham Public Library Special Collections, 120 Queen Street, N7M 2G6, SAN 319 0765. (Call 1 519 354 2940 or FAX 1 519 354 7352).

12. One copy of the "Charleston(S.C.) Independent," published by MRD in 1875 is available at the American Antiquarian Society Library Special Collections, 185 Salisbury St., 01609 1634 SAN 307 8191. (Call 1 508 755 5221 or FAX 508 753 3311)

13. Copies of the "Christian Recorder," the newspaper of the African Methodist Episcopal Church containing MRD's letters are available on microfilm at the University of California, Berkeley Campus, 245 Doe Library, Berkeley CA 94720 6000 SAN 331 6025 (Call 1 510 642 3773 or FAX 510 643 8179).

14. Frank A. Rollin's "Life and Public Service of Martin R. Delany: Subassistant commissioner Bureau relief of refugees, freedmen, and of abandoned lands and late Major 104th U.S. colored troops," (Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1883) was written in close collaboration of MRD with much direct quoting. Now available again through ""

15. "Minutes and Proceedings of National Negro Conventions 1830+1864," edited by Howard H. Bell, published by Howard H. Bell. For information contact

Return to Home Page|Index