It is difficult to acknowledge properly the individuals and institutions that contributed to this first volume of the Black Abolitionist Papers. We wish to thank again the countless people and organizations that helped us during the four-year search for documents. We called on many of you a second time as we prepared the microfilm edition and a third time for this volume. Clifton H. Johnson at the Amistad Research Center, Thomas C. Battle at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Karl Kabelac of the University of Rochester Library, Sidney E Huttner of the George Arents Research Library, and the staffs at the Boston Public Library and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture have been enormously helpful and courteous over the years. When Alan Bell of the Rhodes House Library at Oxford transcribed by hand a document that would not reproduce, he typified the cooperative spirit we found among manuscript librarians. We owe additional thanks to the institutions that allowed us to publish the documents in this volume.
A host of individuals at The Florida State University and at several federal agencies and private foundations made our work possible. At Florida State, Cory Burke, Betty Davis, and Susan Fell tried to keep the administrative paper work off my desk, and I am forever in their debt for that. William R. Jones, director of the Black Studies Program, joined with the late Robert O. Lawton to bring the project to Florida State and then supported and encouraged the project in steady and significant ways. The National Historical Publications and Records Commission helped fund the project, but equally important, the commission staff-- Mary A. Giunta, Sarah Dunlap Jackson, Richard Sheldon, George L. Vogt, and particularly Director of Publications Roger A. Bruns and Executive Director Frank G. Burke--demonstrated a cooperative spirit that made it a delight to be associated with them. The National Endowment for the Humanities has been a major source of funding, first under Chairman Joseph D. Duffey and then under Chairman William J. Bennett. Harold Cannon, George Farr, and Kathy Fuller of the NEH Research Division fielded our questions and shepherded our applications. Alberta Arthurs and Lynn Szwaja at the Rockefeller Foundation and Sheila Biddle at the Ford Foundation welcomed us into their offices, listened to our needs, and supported our work. Sheila Biddle's advice and assistance was special, and we thank her.
There is no way to acknowledge adequately the contribution of the project staff. Graduate students Chris Arendt and Glenda Alice Rabby of the Department of History at Florida State compiled bibliographies, hunted down citations, and indexed research materials. Assistant Editor