Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: CB-070-001-1-1-Louisiana-LSUP-1719

Subject Area: Economic Processes and Indicators

Bibliographic Citation: Louisiana slave database, 1719-1820.  [machine-readable data file] / Hall, Gwendolyn Midlo  [principal investigator(s)] / Louisiana State University Press  [distributor].

Date Accessioned: 9/13/2000

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: Data are in dBASE and SPSS format. The data files are stored on a CD-ROM titled, Databases for the study of Afro-Louisiana history and genealogy, 1699-1860. They are under /Hallcollection/SlaveAndFree directory. Users need to have SPSS, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel to access these files. Excel can read in dBASE file. In the file menu, select open then specify the Files of Type to dBASE file.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 8/15/2000

Documentation: Document files are in WordPerfect format. An introduction to the data and codes for the data fields have been printed and bound as a hard copy document.

Abstract: This database is created from original manuscript documents. Each record describes an individual slave. Throughout the Americas, slaves were listed as property and therefore described and inventoried after the master died, when slaves were bought and sold, when they were reported as runaways, when slaves testified in court cases including interrogations about running away, conspiracies and uprisings against slavery, and in several other types of documents including wills, marriage contracts, leases, seizures for debt or for the criminal activities of the master, mortgages of slaves, and reports of death. This database also includes all clearly documented voyages which brought enslaved Africans from various African coasts to Louisiana. It contains well over 100,000 records (individual slaves) and 114 fields (bits of comparable information). Complete document retrieval information is included in each record. Type of document, name, birthplace, numeric age or age category, gender, racial designation, if the slave was involved in running away/and or in conspiracies and revolts against slavery, family relationships from which child/woman ratios and age of mother at the birth of her first surviving child and age specific marriage patterns can be calculated. Skills, illnesses, character, African language group, language of document, and linguistics are some of the fields. (Abstract is excerpted from an introduction about this study.)

Media/File Reports:

7093 (CD-ROM)
7391 (CD-Rom)