The Harriet Jacobs Papers Project will produce a two-volume documentary edition of papers by and about the 19th-century African-American author, abolitionist, and reformer Harriet Jacobs (1813-1897), to be published by the University of North Carolina Press. This will be the first scholarly edition of papers of an African-American woman held in slavery. Best known as the fugitive slave author of the landmark American slave narrative Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself (Boston 1861, London 1862), Jacobs and her family were also actively involved in reform movements before, during, and after the Civil War. The Harriet Jacobs Papers Project is designed as a lasting contribution to the ongoing study of the ways in which racism and slavery, and the struggle against racism and slavery, have shaped American culture and continue to shape American life.
The Harriet Jacobs Papers Project is funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Dyson College of Pace University, the North Carolina State Archives, the Center for the Study of the American South, the University of North Carolina Press, and Elayne P. Berstein. The project has been designated a National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People” project and is being supported in part by funds the agency has set aside for this special initiative.