REF: Liberian Repatriates Database

Detailed information on 15,000+ African-American emigrants to Liberia
can be found at the website: While access
to the site is free of charge, news users are required to register.
The database includes information on birth year (where available),
town/country of origin, state of origin (including “Indian
Territories”), denominational affiliation, family relations among
emigrants, destination in Liberia, ships on which they travelled, and
year of emigration.

The many features of the site can be best experienced by searching for
“Hilary Teage” or “John Brown Russwurm,” for example. Their pages
include genealogical links and maps showing locations where they
lived, as well as other information and images. Over time, similarly
detailed information will be added for as many persons in the database
as possible.

Given its interactive features, offers
intriguing possibilities as a teaching tool. If incorporated into
historical methods seminars or state history courses, it would enable
students to examine national (and even global) trends at a local
level. In so doing, it would help help them concretize the life
choices faced by historical actors within the constrains of their
place and time. History faculty interested in incorporating the site
into courses should address inquiries to


REF: Atlantic Slave Database Network

Atlantic Slave Database Network.

The Biographies: The Atlantic Slaves Data Network (ASDN) project is intended to provide a platform for researchers of African slaves in the Atlantic World to upload, analyze, visualize, and utilize data they have collected, and to link it to other datasets, which together will complement each other in such a way as to create a much richer resource than the individual datasets alone. There is a significant need for such a collaborative research site about Atlantic slavery.


REF: South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA)

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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REF: Transatlantic Project Retrieves Rare Livingstone Manuscripts

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 ( 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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REF: Slavery in America Image Gallery

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.

REF: “Slavery in Canada” website

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).

REF: The Black Atlantic Resource

The Black Atlantic Resource:
Follow us on Twitter: @blackatlantic1

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.

If you would like to contribute your research or take advantage of this opportunity to publicise please contact Wendy Asquith:<>

We also provide information on key historical and current figures working within the flows of the Black Atlantic.

Check out our recent profiles on Marcus Garvey:

and Renee Cox:

There are a number of platforms through which to access the Black Atlantic Resource. Our main site which is updated with new content regularly:

Alternatively you can subscribe to our blog and receive updates each time we post up new material here:

Or you can follow us on Twitter, where we’ll keep you updated with new online research, resources and debates as well as updates on our own new material. Find us: @blackatlantic1.

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