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Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive

July 22, 2013

Slavery Database, VCU Collection
Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive

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Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive 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 one seamless interface, according to Kevin D. Farley, Ph.D., assistant professor and humanities collections librarian.

"The result will be unexpected and important contributions to the scholarly dialogue about American slavery and its local and global ramifications," Farley said.

Farley also noted that the addition of this collection is timely. During the sesquicentennial anniversary of the American Civil War, and given the centrality of the slave trade to Richmond history, he expects this database at VCU will deepen the study and teaching of these events in unprecedented ways.

"In placing slavery practices against the longstanding U.S. and European efforts to abolish slavery, SAS allows researchers to see all aspects of this crucial and far-reaching history," he said.

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." 

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