External Databases

The Internet Archive is home to millions of books, videos, and other media. Included are the Boston Public Library Anti-Slavery Collection, a massive set of material from dozens of important abolitionists, the Haiti Collection of the John Carter Brown Library, and the James Birney Collection of Anti-Slavery Pamphlets from Johns Hopkins University. Collections are updated on a regular basis.

In December 1999, to commemorate the 140th anniversary of the hanging of John Brown in Charles Town, West Virginia, the West Virginia State Archives placed online a new electronic database of materials pertaining to Brown from the Boyd B. Stutler Collection. A recognized authority on the man, Boyd Stutler (1889-1970) created one of the most important John Brown collections in existence. The State of West Virginia acquired this body of material in 1977.

Landscapes of Slavery and Freedom is a student-driven public history project developed through a partnership between the Public History track at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the Maryland State Archives. The site presents student projects exploring the struggle over slavery and freedom as it played out on the border between Maryland and Pennsylvania.

At the core of the completed project is this online Encyclopaedia of British Slave-ownership containing information about every slave-owner in the British Caribbean, Mauritius or the Cape at the moment of abolition in 1833. Entries include information about the activities, affiliations and legacies of these men and women, with a particular emphasis on the “absentee” owners based in Britain.

This program seeks to preserve and promote the vast universe of experiences that have shaped the lives of Maryland’s African American population. From the day that Mathias de Sousa and Francisco landed in St. Mary’s county aboard the Ark and the Dove in 1634, Black Marylanders have made significant contributions to both the state and nation in the political, economic, agricultural, legal, and domestic arenas.

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