The publication of Frederick Douglass's third autobiography, Life and Times
of Frederick Douglass, marks the completion of the Douglass Papers' second
series of volumes. Autobiographical Writings. Editor John R. McKivigan
played the primary role in this text's inception, researching and planning
for years before work on the volume began in earnest. As with earlier volumes.
McKivigan benefited greatly from the project founder John Blassingame's
vision for the autobiographical writings series and from the
preliminary work accomplished by Blassingame and his staff at Yale University.
Important early work on the volume also was performed by Douglass
Papers staff at West Virginia University, Victoria Gruber, and Gerald
Fulkerson. The project would like to thank the National Endowment of the
Humanities and especially the National Historical Publications and Records
Commision for their continuing support of our work.
The bulk of the Lifc and Times work was undertaken at Indiana University
Purdue University at Indianapolis, where the project relocated its
operations in summer 1998. The Douglass Papers is grateful for the institutional
support from the School of Liberal Arts and the Department of History.
A special debt is owed to the following individuals at Indiana
University Purdue University at Indianapolis for their assistance to the
project: William A. Blomquist, David A. Ford, Philip Goff, Mary Gelzleichter,
Joy Kramer, Edith Millikan, Sharon Peterman, Gail Plater, Herman
Saatkamp, Philip Scarpino, William Schneider, and Robert W. White.
Gratitude is also due to a number of specific indviduals and organizations.
Timothy Connelly frum the National Historical Publications and
Records Commission and the staff of the National Endowment for the
Humanities supplied valuable advice to the Douglass Papers over many
years. The National Historical Publications and Records Commission
deserves additional thanks for its assignment to this project of Sean P.
Adams as a Documentary Editing Fellow. During the development of this
volume, we were fortunate to benefit from productive conversations with
visiting researchers: Nicholas Buccola of Linfield College shared his
insights on Douglass from the perspective of political science; University of
California-Berkeley's Samuel Otter provided us with new ideas while working
on his own book: Ann Coughlan, visiting from University College,
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