Primary Source Databases & Collections
UNC North American Slave Narratives Collection
UNC's collection includes books and articles that document the individual and collective story of African Americans struggling for freedom and human rights in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries.
The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition
The Center's online document collection contains over 200 individual items, including speeches, letters, cartoons and graphics, interviews, and articles. This page lists the complete collection. The documents are organized by author, date, subject, and document type.
Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies
Digitally preserved endangered ecclesiastical and secular documents related to Africans and Afro-descended peoples in the Americas.
John Carter Brown Library Online
Preserves and collects books and other recorded information on the discovery and settlement of the Western hemisphere.
Southern Life and African American History, 1775-1915
Drawn from major repositories throughout the South, this resource consists of two major series: Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War and Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration.
American Slave: A Composite Autobiography
A digitized collection of over 2,300 narratives of former slaves. Interviews were conducted by writers and journalists as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s.
Slavery and Anti-Slavery
Includes more than 1.5 million pages, 7000+ books, 80+ serials, 15 manuscript collections as well as court records and reference materials documents related to the antebellum era. Published through partnerships with the Amistad Research Center, Oberlin College, Oxford University, & many other institutions
Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database (Voyages)
Primary resource documenting the African slave trade. Includes detailed information concerning over 35,000 voyages from 1514 to 1866 with names, statistics, images and other information.
American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library
Consists of more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical Library of Congress collections. The primary source and archival materials relating in the project cover topics from art and architecture to performing arts to technology and applied sciences.
Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 (WASM)
Contains 110 document projects and archives with almost 4,200 documents, more than 1,000 images, with more than 2,200 primary authors. Collects and analyzes documents and almost images on the history of women and social movements in the United States between 1600 and 2000. Also includes links to other websites and a dictionary of social movements and organizations.
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