Indiana Emigrants to Liberia and Indiana Colonization Efforts

The following will help identify sources to further research Indiana's Colonization efforts during the 19th century. Call numbers refer to print volumes held at the IUB Wells Library. They can be found in the Government Information, Maps and Microform Services.

Online Resources

American Colonization Society - A Register of Its Records In The Library of Congress
The records of the American Colonization Society were presented to the Library of Congress and augmented in subsequent years with additional information. They span the years 1792-1964, with the bulk of material concentrated in the period 1823-1912.
Indiana Documentary Journal
The Indiana Documentary Journal is a record of reports and meetings from governmental agencies and commissions in Indiana during the 1800's. The volumes referred to below contain references to Colonization Efforts in Indiana and are available in PDF format. The print volumes are housed in secure storage (Call Number: J87 .I6Q).
The Indiana Historian
The Indiana Historical Bureau at the Indiana State Library publishes The Indiana Historian--a magazine exploring Indiana history issue topics. The March 2000 issue was dedicated to Indiana Emigrants to Liberia and contains helpful information including background, timelines, names and a bibliography.
Online Data Archive of the Roll of Emigrants to Liberia
The Data and Program Library Service from the University of Wisconsin-Madison contains an Online Data Archive of the Roll of Emigrants to Liberia, 1820-1843 and Liberian Census Data, 1843. Supplementary information includes an Alphabetical Listing of Emigrants to Liberia. 1820-1843.

Print Resources

Black History A Guide to Civilian Records in the National Archives.
Newman, Debra. National Archives Trust Fund Board, 1984.
SuDocs Number: GS 4.6/2: B 56/1x 1984
A subject guide to federal records in the National Archives. Contains references to the American Colonization Society, formed for the purpose of colonizing free people of color on the West African Coast.
Indiana State Board of Colonization. Report on Colonization for 1860 to the Legislature.
JC Walker: Indianapolis, 1861.
Call Number: E448 .I6 1860
Message from the President of the United States, communicating (in compliance with a resolution of the Senate) information relative to the operations of the United States squadron on the west coast of Africa, the condition of the American colonies there, and the commerce of the United States therewith.
SERIAL-SET-ID: 458 S.doc.150
DESCRIPTIVE-TITLE: Presidential message communicating information on operations of squadron on coast of Africa
DOCUMENT-DATE: February 26, 1845
AUTHOR: John Tyler (1790-1862), President of the United States, 1841-1845
PAGES: 419 pp.

This Senate document contains actual ship names and ship passenger names by state. Available through ProQuest Congressional (a subscription service) or in the print Serial Set.

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