the Underground Railroad: A National Register Travel Itinerary,
from the National Park Service
Aboard the Underground Railroad, highlights sites where
escaped slaves gained sanctuary on their journey north.
African-American Sheet Music, from Brown University Library Center for Digital Scholarship
The sheet music in this digital collection has been selected from the Sheet Music Collection at the John Hay Library at Brown University. The full collection consists of approximately 500,000 items, of which perhaps 250,000 are currently available for use.
Women: On-line Archival Collections, from Duke University
On-line archival collections featuring scanned pages and
texts of the writings of African-American women.
in America: America's Journey through Slavery, from PBS
The Africans in America Web site is a companion to Africans
in America, a six-hour public television series. The site
examines the economic and intellectual foundations of slavery
in America and the global economy that prospered from it.
And it reveals how the presence of African people and their
struggle for freedom transformed America.
Indians of the Pacific Northwest Collection
The collection integrates over 2,300 photographs and 7,700
pages of text relating to the American Indians in two cultural
areas of the Pacific Northwest, the Northwest Coast and
Church in the Southern Black Community, 1780-1925
This compilation of printed texts from the libraries at
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill traces how
Southern African Americans experienced and transformed Protestant
Christianity into the central institution of community life.
Cornell University Library Making of America Collection
The collection includes 955 volumes from twenty-two nineteenth-century
periodicals digitized by Cornell University as part of the
original Making of America project.
or Liberty: Gabriel, Nat Turner and John Brown, from the Library
This site documents resistance to slavery, particularly
highlighting the rebellions led by the three individuals
named in the site's title.
the American South, from the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill
Documenting the American South (DocSouth) is a digital
publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts,
images, and audio files related to southern history, literature,
and culture. Currently DocSouth includes ten thematic collections
of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history
interviews, and songs.
Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920
This compilation of printed texts from the libraries at
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill documents
the culture of the nineteenth-century American South from
the viewpoint of Southerners. It includes the diaries, autobiographies,
accounts, and ex-slave narratives of not only prominent
individuals, but also of relatively inaccessible populations:
women, African Americans, enlisted men, laborers, and Native
Slavery in Virginia, from the University of Virginia
The project presents full transcriptions and images of
all runaway and captured ads for slaves and servants placed
in Virginia newspapers from 1736 to 1790, and is in the
process of compiling advertisements well into the nineteenth
century. In addition, the project offers a number of other
documents related to slaves, servants, and slaveholders,
including court records, other newspaper notices, slaveholder
correspondence, and assorted literature about slavery and
American Sheet Music
The collection presents 3,042 pieces of sheet music drawn
from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections
Library at Duke University, which holds an important, representative,
and comprehensive collection of nineteenth, and early-twentieth-century
American sheet music.
H-Slavery seeks to promote interaction and exchange among
scholars engaged in research on slavery, the slave trade,
abolition, and emancipation. It is dedicated to the dissemination
of information about the history of slavery and antislavery
in all time periods and parts of the world.
will be heard!" Abolitionism in America, from Cornell
An online exhibition of documents on our country’s
intellectual, moral, and political struggle to achieve freedom
for all Americans. Features rare books, manuscripts, letters,
photographs, and other materials from Cornell’s pre-eminent
anti-slavery and Civil War collections. The exhibition explores
the complex history of slavery, resistance, and abolition
from the 1700s through 1865.
The African-American Migration Experience
The Web site is organized around thirteen defining migrations
that have formed and transformed African America and the
nation. In addition, each migration has a bibliography (references)
and a gateway of related Web sites. It presents more than
16,500 pages of texts, 8,300 illustrations, and more than
Making of America Books
Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history primarily from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The book collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books with 19th century imprints.
New-York Historical Society, Manuscript Collections Relating to Slavery
The library of the New-York Historical Society holds among its many resources a substantial collection of manuscript materials documenting American slavery and the slave trade in the Atlantic world. The fourteen collections on this site are among the most important of these manuscript collections. They consist of diaries, account books, letter books, ships’ logs, indentures, bills of sale, personal papers, and records of institutions.
and Slavery Petitions Project, from the University of North
Carolina at Greensboro
The Race and Slavery Petitions Project is designed to locate,
collect, organize, and publish virtually all surviving legislative
petitions, and a large selected group of county court petitions
concerning slavery in the South. The project covers the
period from the beginnings of statehood to the end of slavery
(1770s to 1860s).
The Revised Dred Scott
Case Collection, from the Washington University Library
A chronology and primary sources on this pivotal case.
Narratives, from the Museum of the African Diaspora
The museum presents excerpts from narratives by nine former
slaves, with narration by Maya Angelou.
and Abolition in the US: Select Publications of the 1800s
Slavery and Abolition in the US: Select Publications of
the 1800s is a digital collection of books and pamphlets
that reflect the varying opinions and beliefs expressed
on the slavery issue throughout the nineteenth century.
The works in this collection reflect arguments on both sides
of the slavery debate and include first person narratives,
legal proceedings and decisions, anti-slavery tracts, religious
sermons, and secondary works.
Person, First Person: Slave Voices from the Special Collections
Library, Broadside Collection, Duke University
The exhibit Third Person, First Person: Slave Voices from
the Special Collections Library probes the life experiences
of American slaves from the late eighteenth century through
the nineteenth century, and examines the enterprise of recovering
and preserving African American history of the period. The
exhibit showcases the kinds of rare materials that under
scrutiny reveal the ambitions, motivations, and struggles
of people often presumed mute.
Tom's Cabin and American Culture, from the University of Virginia
The site provides primary sources, teaching suggestions,
and historical analysis.
Underground Railroad, from the National Geographic
The site provides a time line, classroom ideas, resources,
and other activities for young people.
Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names
This database is the latest step by the Virginia Historical Society to increase access to its varied collections relating to Virginians of African descent. Since its founding in 1831, the VHS has collected unpublished manuscripts, a collection that now numbers more than 8 million processed items.
The Valley of
the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War
The Valley Project details life in two communities, one
Northern and one Southern, from the time of John Brown's
Raid through the era of Reconstruction. The project includes
diaries and letters pertaining to slavery.