SAADA’s digital collections reflect the vast range of experiences of the South Asian diaspora in the U.S., including those who trace their heritage to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the many South Asian diaspora communities across the globe.
SAADA was founded in 2008 and was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2010. SAADA founder and President of the Board Samip Mallick explained, “We founded SAADA in recognition of a critical need to document and preserve the history of this community. There are no other archives that are working to systematically document, preserve and make accessible the material history of South Asians in the United States. Without SAADA, we feared that this history was in danger of being lost.”
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Transatlantic Project Retrieves Rare Livingstone Manuscripts
For 140 years, rare manuscripts crucial to our understanding of the last years of the celebrated Victorian explorer and abolitionist David Livingstone in Africa were inaccessible due to their fragility and near-indecipherable script. Now a pioneering transatlantic collaboration among scholars from Birkbeck College (University of London), U.S. imaging scientists, and British and American cultural institutions has begun to make these manuscripts available online, starting with the publication of the revised edition of Livingstone’s Letter from Bambarre (http://livingstone.library.ucla.edu/) by Livingstone Online and the UCLA Digital Library Program.
The transatlantic collaboration is among the first to apply multispectral imaging–a preservation technology previously used to recover erased writing in medieval palimpsests–to restore the text of a nineteenth-century British manuscript. The revised critical edition (2011, orig. 2010) of Livingstone’s 1871 letter to his close friend and future editor Horace Waller includes a full transcription of the text, detailed critical notes, an extensive bibliography, an overview of spectral imaging, and a selection of spectral images processed to enhance both text and topographical features.
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Slavery in America Image Gallery
The American slave trade was an international business. It began in Western Africa, where prisoners were taken for sale to European and American slave traders, and continued in permanent and impromptu slave markets in the United States, ultimately concentrated in the South. Not only were some ten to fifteen million Africans ripped from their lives and families to be imported to the New World–some half a million of them destined for the United States–but the enslaved were also bred for sale on American soil and transported, often under brutal conditions, throughout the slave states. This Image Gallery will continue to grow over the coming months.
A new online resource in the history of slavery and the abolitionist movement in Canada entitled “Slavery in Canada.” This resource was developed for Heritage Canada (a federal government department in Canada) for students in grades 5 to 10 (ages 11-16).
The Black Atlantic Resource:
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This exciting new resource is a collaborative project between the University of Liverpool and Tate Liverpool originally constructed on the occasion of Tate Liverpool’s exhibition “Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic“. This resource seeks to promote the study of black Atlantic cultures by providing a hub for access to current research, debates and online materials and a space for scholarly exchange.
The Black Atlantic Resource provides free access to current research, artworks, chronological and bibliographic information in this area. We are happy to publish posts about new publications in relevant fields of study, as well as book reviews, and information about other online resources.
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We also provide information on key historical and current figures working within the flows of the Black Atlantic.
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