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All data found within Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade is published in the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation.


The Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation is designed to showcase datasets of historical significance and scholarly rigor. Peer-reviewed projects within the journal have been found to be historically significant and are excellent examples of scholarly methods within the field of digital humanities. In the aggregate, the published datasets are wide-ranging in their temporal and geographical scope. Some publications, however, may be narrow in focus. Whatever the scope, all datasets published shall include extracted data from historical sources, metadata, licensing and copyright information, as well as a textual description intended for multiple audiences.


To find out more about contributing to the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation visit https://jsdp.enslaved.org/contribute.


Among the projects that have linked data currently available within Enslaved.org are:

  • Biographies of the Enslaved Era (Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, and Steven J. Niven) 
  • Free Black Database: New Orleans, 1840-1860 (Brian Mitchell) 
  • Database of Coroners' Inquisitions Taken Over the Bodies of Enslaved, Formerly Enslaved, and Free Black Peoples in the U.S. South, 1840s-1890s (Stephen Berry)
  • They Had Names: Representations of the Enslaved in Liberty County, Georgia, Estate Inventories, 1762-1865 (Stacy Ashmore Cole)
  • Take Them in Families: The Enslaved People of Casa Bianca Plantation, Florida (Miranda R. W. Burnett and Martin H. Violette)
  • Legacies of British Slave-ownership (Keith McClelland) 
  • Louisiana Slave Database (Gwendolyn Midlo-Hall) 
  • Maranhão Inventories Slave Database (Walter Hawthorne) 

New datasets are forthcoming. Among them are:

  • Free Africans and Concessionaires, 1860 (Daryle Williams) 
  • Free Africans Disappearance Ads, 1834-1861 (Daryle Williams)
  • Africans in Rio de Janeiro: Burials and Residences, 1870-1888 (Flávio Gomes)
  • Slaves and Post-Mortem Estate Inventories, Vassouras, Rio de Janeiro, 1821-1888 (Ricardo H. Salles)
  • Advertising Gender Slave Database: Escravos de ganho in Rio de Janeiro, 1850-1880 (Kari Zimmerman)
  • Slave Value Database (Daina Ramey Berry)
  • Mortality in the South, 1850 (Robert W. Fogel and Stanley L. Engerman)
  • Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database (David Eltis, et al) 
Please note that there can be a lag time between when an article is published in the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation and when the data becomes searchable on Enslaved.org; the datasets are immediately available, however, following the "data links" in each article to the Harvard Dataverse or other designated repository.

JSON and RDF files of the linked open data found on this site are available at docs.enslaved.org/lod


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