Rogers on Researching the Zealy Dagguerreotypes of Slaves (2012)
Molly Rogers

Rogers on Researching the Zealy Dagguerreotypes of Slaves (2012)

In 2012, at Mirror of Race, Molly Rogers reflected on the Jacques Zealy daguerreotypes of South Carolina slaves (now held by Harvard University). In the sum­mer of 1976, employ­ees of Har­vard University’s Peabody Museum of Archae­ol­ogy and Eth­nol­ogy dis­cov­ered fif­teen daguerreo­types in the museum attic. The pho­tographs were made in 1850 and they depict five … Continue reading

DIGITAL: Maryland State Archives Launches Name Database
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DIGITAL: Maryland State Archives Launches Name Database

The Maryland State Archives Legacy of Slavery in Maryland: An Archives of Maryland Electronic Publication has launched “Beneath the Underground.” From the website: The Beneath the Underground database features entries of over 300,000 individuals including, white and black, slave owners, enslaved and free individuals from primarily the years of 1830 through 1880 to review. Listed … Continue reading

WEB/SOURCES: Registers of the Havana Slave Trade Commission Compiled by H.B. Lovejoy
Henry B. Lovejoy

WEB/SOURCES: Registers of the Havana Slave Trade Commission Compiled by H.B. Lovejoy

via Registers of the Havana Slave Trade Commission | Desk of H.B. Lovejoy. “Between 1808 and 1848, courts in Freetown, Sierra Leone and Havana, Cuba, charged with suppressing the transatlantic slave trade, meticulously recorded the African names and physical features (sex, age, height; and evidence of ethnic scarring and small pox) for almost 100,000 people … Continue reading

EDITED: Horton and Horton on Slavery and American Memory
Bruce Levine / David Blight / Dwight T. Picaithley / Edward T. Linenthal / Gary B. Nash / Ira Berlin / James Oliver Horton / Joanne Pope Melish / John Michael Vlach / Lois E. Horton / Marie Tyler-McGraw

EDITED: Horton and Horton on Slavery and American Memory

James Oliver Horton and Lois E Horton. Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009. via UNC Press: Continue reading

Charlton W. Yingling / Heather Miyano Kopelson

ARTICLES: Kopelson and Yingling on Archive and Press in Caribbean, U.S.

Articles of interest in Early American Studies (volume 11:2): Heather Miyano Kopelson, “‘One Indian and a Negroe, the First Thes Ilands Ever Had’: Imagining the Archive in Early Bermuda.” Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 11, no. 2 (2013): 272–313. Abstract: The early generations of enslaved and bonded Africans and Indians in Bermuda were essential to … Continue reading

NEWS: Harvard to Digitize 18th and 19th Century Anti-Slavery Petitions
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NEWS: Harvard to Digitize 18th and 19th Century Anti-Slavery Petitions

The Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University is digitizing eighteenth and nineteenth-century anti-slavery petitions: “…Included in the thousands of petitions are first-person accounts of former slaves and free African-Americans seeking aid and full rights. For scholars, the use of the documents will be invaluable in research and teaching…. …According to project archivist Nicole … Continue reading

Shepard on Insurance Policy Registers and Post-Civil War Virginia
E. Lee Shepard

Shepard on Insurance Policy Registers and Post-Civil War Virginia

“Judy Batte of Hicksford, Virginia, a “house servant,” was the first African American to secure a policy, in February 1872, and she was followed by a fairly steady stream of men and women of her race. In fact, as the company grew and its client base became more national in scope, women made up an increasing percentage of policyholders…” Continue reading

REVIEW: Johnson on STN’s 18th Century French Book Trade Database
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REVIEW: Johnson on STN’s 18th Century French Book Trade Database

From The French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe website: The French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe project uses database technology to map the trade of the Société Typographique de Neuchâtel (STN), a celebrated Swiss publishing house that operated between 1769 and 1794. As the STN sold the works of other publishers alongside its own editions, … Continue reading