The Amy Matilda Cassey and Martina and Mary Anne Dickerson albums have long been some
of the Library Company of Philadelphia’s most requested items in the Graphic Arts Department.
Visual and textual, as well as rare artifacts of 19th-century middle-class African American history,
the friendship albums are rich for digital humanities scholarship.
This website represents a collaborative project between staff
and students of the Library Company, Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Rutgers University to realize a dynamic, interactive, and informative site exploring the continuing relevance of these treasures of the antebellum African American female experience.