Selections from The Liberator, William Lloyd Garrison’s Abolitionist Newspaper

Audio introduction by the Author / Researcher / Collector below.

William Lloyd Garrison This is a collection of items which appear in THE LIBERATOR, a Boston-based Abolitionist newspaper, published under the editorship of William Lloyd Garrison, who lived from 1805–1879.

The assembled items represent only a tiny portion of what appeared in the 1,803 editions of the paper, published weekly from 1831-1865. . The source of the collection has been Garrison’s copies of THE LIBERATOR., access to which has been granted and facilitated by the Boston Public Library,  Rare Books.

Study of the Abolition Movement, led me to William Lloyd Garrison, and a desire to know him better. I want always to learn more about him, and to learn from him. So I was driven to THE LIBERATOR., to his own copies of the newspaper, where the privilege of touching and turning those pages has brought many surprises and much inspiration.

                                                                               HERE IS WHERE TO LOOK

William Lloyd Garrison

Photo Gallery — Over sixty pictures, including persons significant to the Abolition Movement,   political cartoons, and places important in Garrison’s life.

Articles — Over twenty articles by the collector, expressing a personal perspective on Garrison.

The Site Directory      Here you will find Garrison’s Best Lines/Headlines,  a collection of items selected by personal interest, which provide “snippets” of items which appeared in the Liberator, and reflect insights into the thoughts of Mr. Garrison as he edited the newspaper.

Horace Seldon


  1. Thomas S. Dalton said:

    Please help — I cannot find the scans of the Liberator by year. They were always easy to find. Can you help?

    August 26, 2021
  2. Beth Kruse said:

    Yes, what happened to the scans by year??????

    September 6, 2021
  3. Kira said:

    Same Question about the scans by year! They were last available March 2021 from my estimates but none seem to load for me anymore

    October 20, 2021
  4. Michael said:

    Where are the scans by year!!? Please help! 🙂

    October 27, 2021
  5. Thomas S. Dalton said:

    Please, help us find the scans by year.

    November 8, 2021
  6. Regina McClay said:

    I am searching for copies of the Liberator for the years 1840-1850. I have not been able to locate the scanned documents for any time period. I have invested two(2) hours of search for the copies.
    Perhaps, I am doing something wrong. Will you assist me please?
    Regina McClay

    January 1, 2022
  7. Tom Dalton said:

    I tried the above link, but it was not for the scans of the entire paper, week by week, year by year. Is anyone managing this site?

    January 25, 2022
  8. Anonymous said:

    What happened to the newspaper copies? And is anyone managing this site at all?! There is no organization and everything is scattered everywhere on the site!

    February 21, 2022
  9. Regina George said:

    What happened to the newspaper copies? And is anyone managing this site at all?! There is no organization and everything is scattered everywhere on the site!

    February 21, 2022
  10. Breindel said:

    What an amazing gift he’s given to us!
    Also be sure to check out and click on “Creator” or “Topics” and a click chart of many abolitionists’ correspondence comes up!

    September 3, 2022
  11. Breindel said:

    Unfortunately, this website and it’s link system seems to be broken and unable to show any copies of The Liberator. However, I’ve been able to find The Liberator at this link, just type in its search engine (not the top-right, but the engine below the photograph of the newspaper) what year or word that you want:

    September 4, 2022
  12. Anonymous said:

    Haven’t been here in a while. This was such a great site. What happened? Did the webmaster / creator pass away. Too bad he didn’t pass it on to someone to keep it going.

    June 17, 2023

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