The Slave Societies Digital Archive
Dr. Angela Sutton, History
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities
Jane Landers, History, Principal Investigator and 2016-2017 Mellon Faculty Fellow in Digital Humanities
The Slave Societies Digital Archive (SSDA) digitizes and collates historic primary sources from former slave societies. Drawn from a wide range of sources, from Catholic church records to notarial, government, and other secular archives, these documents help illuminate the lives of some five to seven million enslaved Africans and their descendants. The current project phase involves a major transition in digital infrastructure for the archive, including transferring data to a University-supported Fedora repository, restructuring and enriching metadata to ensure interoperability with other comparable projects, and continual expansion of digital collections as well as archival features and offerings. Working partners of the project include the British Library Endangered Archives Programme, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Harriet Tubman Institute at York University, the Diocese of St. Augustine, the Historic St. Augustine Research Institute, the LABHOI of Universidade Federal Fluminense, and the Jean and Alexander Heard Library at Vanderbilt University.