Grant Supports Slavery Memory and Reconciliation Collections
For the third consecutive year, Georgetown University Library has received a $75,000 grant in honor of University Librarian Emerita Artemis Kirk to develop collections related to Slavery Memory and Reconciliation. This year, the library used the funds to add four significant databases to its collection.
This unique collection features papers from more than 22 states and the District of Columbia—including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles. It includes approximately 75 U.S. newspapers chronicling more than a century of the African American experience.
Sourced from the Library Company of Philadelphia's Afro-Americana Collection, African Americans and Jim Crow: Repression and Protest offers more than 1,000 fully searchable printed works critical for insight into African-American culture and life from the beginning of Jim Crow to World War I and beyond.
Another collection created from the renowned holdings of the Library Company of Philadelphia, Black Authors, 1556–1922, offers more than 550 fully cataloged and searchable works by black authors from the Americas, Europe, and Africa.
This module documents the international and domestic traffic in slaves in Britain’s New World colonies and the United States, providing important primary source material on the business aspect of the slave trade. This database includes materials from the Rhode Island Historical Society; Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and the U.S. National Archives. It also contains a series of letters received by the Attorney General on law and order in nineteenth century America. These letters cover the slave trade, general slavery matters including runaway slaves and rights of slaves, and other legal issues.