The University Libraries of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) are pleased to announce the launch of the Digital Library on American Slavery. Freely available to the public at
http://library.uncg.edu/slavery, this resource provides genealogists and historians an easy means to search through thousands of county court and legislative petitions (1775-1867) from fifteen states and the
District of Columbia that relate to race and slavery.
The Digital Library provides detailed information on more than 150,000 individuals who are party to the petitions, including 80,000 individual slaves and 10,000 free people of color.
The Digital Library of American Slavery gives anyone with access to the Internet the chance to search through these court records and understand the impact of slavery on specific individuals, black and white, free and enslaved. The “search by name” interface allows searching by state, first or last name, and slave status, as well as by color, while “search the petitions” allows keyword searching. Users are also able to search the records based on subject matter: the subject headings include the hiring value of slaves, prenuptial agreements, interracial relationships, women owning property, abolition, the impact of the Civil War, slave execution, and many more topics.
The Digital Library of American Slavery grew out of the Race and Slavery Petitions Project, directed by Loren Schweninger (the Elizabeth Rosenthal Excellence Professor in History at UNCG). Established in 1991, the Race and Slavery Petitions Project was designed to locate, collect, organize, and publish all extant legislative petitions and a selected group of 14,500 county court petitions relevant to race and
The Project has received support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and The University of North Carolina Greensboro. The Digital Library on American Slavery is the final phase of this project.
For more information regarding the project contact Barry K. Miller at 336-256-0112 or firstname.lastname@example.org