RESOURCE: The New Orleans Slave Sample, 1804-1862 (and Instructional Materials)

“Slaves Awaiting Sale: A Scene in New Orleans,” The Illustrated London News (Jan-June, 1861), vol. 38, p. 307 [NW0028] as shown on, compiled by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite, and sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library. (Click image for details)

Robert W. Fogel and Stanley L. Engerman. New Orleans Slaves Sale Sample, 1804-1862, compiled by Robert W. Fogel and Stanley L. Engerman, University of Rochester, 2008.

James W. Oberly, New Orleans Slave Sample, 1804-1862 [Instructional Materials], Ann Arbor, MI, 2002.


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

“Europeans Purchasing a Slave Woman, late 18th cent.,” Guillaume Raynal, Histoire Philosophique et Politique . . . des Europeens dans les Deux Indes (Geneva, 1780), vol. 7, p. 377. (Copy at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University) Image Reference H005 as shown on, compiled by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite, and sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library.

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, their archives can be considered a representative source for studying the history of the book trade and dissemination of ideas in the late Enlightenment.

Using state of the art database, web interface and GIS technology, the project provides a user-friendly resource for use by scholars, teachers and students of French literature and history, book history, the Enlightenment and bibliography more generally…

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DIGITAL: Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive

Spanning nearly 5,000 years and documenting virtually all forms of media, the Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive is an unprecedented research project devoted to the systematic investigation of how people of African descent have been perceived and represented in art.

Started in 1960 by Jean and Dominique de Mänil in reaction to the continuing existence of segregation in the United States, the Archive contains photographs of approximately 30,000 works of art, each one of which is extensively documented and categorized by the Archive’s staff. For the first thirty years of the project’s existence, the project focused on the production of a prize-winning, four-volume series of generously illustrated books, The Image of the Black in Western Art.

Since moving to Harvard in 1994, the project is focused on the production of the final volume of The Image of the Black in Western Art and expanding access to the Archive itself (prior to its arrival at Harvard, the Archive was only available to scholars working on the published volumes). The Institute hosts conferences, fellowships for scholars, seminars, and exhibitions on issues raised by the Archive, including the African American Art Conference in 2004.

via Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive | W.E.B. Du Bois Institute.  A selection of documents are available online via ArtStor ($$)

WEB: The Internet Library of Sub-Saharan Africa (ilissAfrica)

The internet library sub-Saharan Africa ilissAfrica is a portal that offers an integrated access to relevant scientific conventional and digital information resources on the sub-Saharan Africa region. Information scattered on private or institutional websites, databases or library catalogues are brought together in order to facilitate research. Without ilissAfrica this information has to be collected in a laborious and time-consuming process.


ilissAfrica is hosted by the Africa Department of the University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg in Frankfurt and with the GIGA Information Centre: Africa Library in Hamburg.

via ilissAfrica – About the project.  Visit and search here.

WEB: Yale Slavery and Abolition Portal

This site is designed to help researchers and Yale students find primary sources related to slavery, abolition, and resistance within the university’s many libraries and galleries.

Across the top of the website, you will find the chance to view relevant collections in each Yale institution. You can view items across the different institutions by entering a keyword or phrase on the search page. You can also sort items according to a particular period, place, or topic by selecting a category from the tag cloud. Under links, you will find a collection of electronic databases that provide access to digital resources with significant relevant content.

Every archive or research guide has a bias, and this website is no exception. We have chosen only a small sample of collections from a variety of repositories across the Yale campus. We hope that these collections will provide a sense of the breadth and depth of the primary source material available to researchers and students. Some of the collections we have chosen to highlight are available in full online. Others have been digitized in part. Many collections are available only in hard copy or on microfilm and are not represented here.

via About | Yale Slavery and Abolition Portal.

WEB: Katherine Dunham at LOC

“Katherine Dunham was an American dancer-choreographer who was best known for incorporating African American, Caribbean, African, and South American movement styles and themes into her ballets. The Katherine Dunham Collection at the Library of Congress consists of moving image materials that document the extraordinary journey of a woman who changed the face of American modern dance.”

Selected materials available at the Library of Congress website: Women’s History Month: Katherine Dunham « In the Muse.

Original Jazz CD Celebrates Frederick Douglass

“Frederick Douglass was a powerful orator and a gifted writer. So it is an apt tribute to the great abolitionist and longtime Rochester resident that the new jazz CD A Sky with More Stars — Suite for Frederick Douglass should celebrate both the authority of his words and the precision of their form.

Along with the “seamless logic” of Douglass’s arguments, which played a key role in the abolition of slavery, there is an “inherent musicality” to his writing that this new album captures, says Jeffrey Tucker, director of the University of Rochester’s Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies and associate professor of English, who wrote the CD’s liner notes. “A Sky with More Stars is a fitting showcase of his artistry.”

The album weaves together Douglass’s words, delivered by University Vice President Paul Burgett, with interpretive jazz by composers Tyrone Brown and John Blake of Philadelphia. The result, enthuses an early reviewer, is “an eloquent album filled with music as stirring as the words they augment….””

The CD uses texts and documents from the University of Rochester’s Frederick Online Douglass Project

Read more: Original Jazz CD Celebrates Frederick Douglass : University of Rochester News.

WEB: Institut Français de Recherche en Afrique – Nigeria

Re-launched website:

“IFRA-Nigeria is a non profit Institute set up to promote research in the social sciences and the humanities, as well as enhance collaborative work between scholars in France and West Africa. First established in 1990 and financed by the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Institute has now been operating from the Universities of Ibadan (Institute of African Studies) and Zaria (Institute for Development Research) since 2006. IFRA’s mandate includes subsidizing research programs, (…)”

Institut Français de Recherche en Afrique – Nigeria.

CONF: Haiti’s Archives in the Balance

Haiti’s Archives in the Balance

Conference featuring Haitian archivist Patrick Tardieu, Haitian historian Jean Casimir, Duke faculty Ian Baucom, Laurent Dubois, Deborah Jenson, and Deborah Jakubs and Digital Library of the Caribbean coordinator, Brooke Wooldridge.

Sponsored by the Duke University Center for French and Francophone Studies.

Date: Monday, February 15, 2010
Time:  12:00pm-4:00pm
Location:  Perkins Library, Room 217, Duke University

Center for French and Francophone Studies
Duke University, Box 90257
Durham, NC 27708
Phone:  919-660-3112
Fax:  919-684-4029
Email: laurent dot dubois at duke dot edu

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