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Internet Sites Relating To Slave Movement During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

(updated October 13, 2010)

Afro-American Sources in Virginia: A Guide to Manuscripts
The first online edition of a book by a university press, this guide was prepared by the University of Virginia and its Library's Electronic Text Center and Information Technology & Communication Departments.  This electronic edition historical photographs and images of key manuscripts that are searchable in full text.

Amistad Research Center
Tilton Hall-Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
Reference: 504/862-3222
Voice: 504/865-5535
FAX: 504/865-5580

The Amistad Research Center is one of the nation's premier minority repositories. Named after a famed revolt by Africans on La Amistad in 1839 and landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, the Amistad was organized by the Race Relations Department of Fisk University and the American Missionary Association in 1966. The Center emerged as the first institution created to document the civil rights movement. With more than 10,000,000 documents, the Amistad today is acknowledged as the nation's largest independent African-American archives, as well as a leader in automation and advanced techniques. The Center also features extensive collection on Africa, other minorities, and the gay rights movement. It has oral history and video collections along with a specialized library, traveling exhibits, publications, and significant African and African-American art holdings. Now, conveniently housed on the campus of Tulane University, the Amistad Research Center is free and open to scholars, the public, and tours.

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record
This site at the University of Virginia contains a carefully-documented collection of images regarding slavery, many of them contemporary to slave times. The images include illustrations, maps, portraits, handbills, and a few photographs, categorized and also keyword-searchable.

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
This Library of Congress site contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves.

Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories
Also from the Library of Congress, this site complements the Born in Slavery site by offering 26 taped interviews with former slaves, in addition to transcripts of these interviews. Audio is in RealAudio or MP3 format.

Captive Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas
From the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia, this online exhibit examines the transatlantic slave trade from a maritime perspective.

Chronology on the History of Slavery, 1619 to 1789
Researched and compiled by Eddie Becker, this site arose from his independent research at the Smithsonian Institution's Holt House, the oldest building in Washington, DC.  It includes comprehensive entries from archival and secondary source documents, and provides links to some of these sources in full-text. 

Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition
The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, a part of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, is dedicated to the investigation and dissemination of information concerning all aspects of the Atlantic slave system and its destruction.

Guide to African American Genealogical Research in New Orleans
From the African American Research Center (AARC) at the New Orleans Public Library.

Slave Voices from the Special Collections Library, Duke University.
"Third Person, First Person"  Web site is based on the catalog of an exhibit at Perkins Library, Duke University.  Descriptions are included for all items in the collection.  Scanned images of items also appear, except for those items that were too large or too fragile to scan.  All of the items in this online exhibit are available to researchers visiting the Rare Book Manuscript and Special Collections Library at Duke University.

Slave Era Insurance Registry
The California Department of Insurance presents the Slave Era Insurance Registry which is dedicated to identifying insurance companies who issued and benefited from policies regarding slavery. The site generally lists slaves by first name only which makes it difficult for those interested in slave genealogy. For those who are looking for evidence regarding profiteering off of the slave trade, however, this site is invaluable. The report is available in both HTML and PDF format.

Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860
The Library of Congress' Memory Project offers a series of pamphlets and other documents pertaining to cases regarding slavery in the U.S. from 1740-1860. The extensive collection includes reports of trials and cases as well as proceedings regarding slavery. Significant historical players dealing with slavery such as John Calhoun, Dred Scott, and many others are represented. Users can search by keyword or browse by subject.

USF Africana Heritage Project
This site from the University of South Florida is dedicated to "rediscovering the names and lives of former slaves, freedpersons and their descendants." The project is aimed at African-Americans researching their family histories. To that end, the site contains a searchable records database of transcriptions from documents ranging from voter registration, to family Bibles, to cemetery records, to bills of sale and more. The project also links to many other African-American genealogy sites.

Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
"The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. It offers researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history." The site offers a search of the Voyages database, an interactive estimates program analyzing the probable full extent of the slave trade beyond documented voyages, and a Names database with over 67,000 entries representing individual Africans on slave ships. DISC also has in our collection a CD-ROM version of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, published in 1999; the Voyages database online has been updated from multiple sources since then.

The W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research
Founded in 1975, the Institute is the nation's oldest research center dedicated to the study of African American history.