The Willis M. Carter Collection

Project Leads Deborah Harding, Linden Havemeyer Wise, Robert Heinrich

The Willis Carter Collection was shared with the Hutchins Center by Deborah Harding, who had spent a decade researching and compiling information on this former slave turned editor, educator, and statesman. The collection contains Carter’s original handwritten memoir, the one surviving copy of Carter’s newspaper, The Staunton Tribune, and a rich trove of research materials related to his life. The collection served as the basis for the book From Slave to Statesman: The Life of Educator, Editor, and Statesman Willis M. Carter of Virginia, which will be published by Louisiana State University Press in Spring 2016. The Willis M. Carter Collection is now housed at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.

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