"Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive" (SAS) traces the history and ongoing cultural impact of slavery. It provides access to thousands of full-text primary source documents and archival records, including those from:
- The American Missionary Association Archives from 1839-1882;
- The Office of the Secretary of the Interior Relating to the Suppression of the African Slave Trade from 1854-1872;
- Amistad Research Center in New Orleans covering the array of documents related to one of the most important slave rebellions and trials in American and world history.
Ultimately millions of pages of information will be available in SAS,
letting VCU researchers search across all documents in each part in one
seamless interface, according to Kevin D. Farley, Ph.D., assistant professor and collection librarian for the humanities. "The
result will be unexpected and important contributions to the scholarly
dialogue about American slavery and its local and global ramifications."
The database now consists of Part I, "Debates over Slavery and Abolition," and Part II, "Slave Trade in the Atlantic World." Two additional sections are being developed: Part III, "Institution of Slavery," and Part IV, "Age of Emancipation."
The online collection includes a small group of images, including the woodcut shown above of Underground Railroad leader and abolitionist Harriet Tubman. And, this rare photograph of two young American slave boys, mid-19th century.
How to access VCU Libraries databases:
- VCU students, faculty and staff can access the database through either the A to Z Guide to Databases or using this link, http://library.vcu.edu/search/1158 from any computer with a VCU IP address.
- Off-campus, VCU users must first log into myVCU, then go to the VCU Libraries home page, click on Databases and drill down the database you want. Or go directly to http://library.vcu.edu/search/1158
- If you are not a member of the VCU academic community, you can gain access to databases on campus by joining the Friends of the Library.