Primary Sources – Atlantic World

Digital Collections of Primary Sources for Atlantic World History

The New York Public Library Digital Collections

– This site is a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more.

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)

– The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. dLOC provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections.

The National Archives of the United Kingdom

– Over 5% of The National Archives’ records have so far been digitised and we are continuing to put records online. Browse this section to find out how to search some of our most popular online collections.

Gallica, Bibliothèque Nationale de France

– Gallica est la bibliothèque numérique de la Bibliothèque nationale de France et de ses partenaires. En ligne depuis 1997, elle s’enrichit chaque semaine de milliers de nouveautés et offre aujourd’hui accès à plusieurs millions de documents.

Biblioteca Digital Hispánica, Biblioteca Nacional de España

– Welcome to the freely accessible portal to the Library’s digital collections

The Early Caribbean Digital Archive

– Partnered with the Digital Library of the Caribbean(DLOC) and housed in Northeastern University’s NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks (NULabTMN), the Early Caribbean Digital Archive (ECDA) is a highly interactive digital scholars lab for the collaborative research and study of pre-C20 Caribbean literature.

The John Carter Brown Library

– THE JOHN CARTER BROWN LIBRARY is an independently administered and funded center for advanced research in history and the humanities, founded in 1846 and located at Brown University since 1901. Housed within the library’s walls is an internationally renowned collection of primary historical sources pertaining to North and South America from the time of its discovery by Europeans (ca. 1492) until the end of the colonial period (ca. 1825).

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

– The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 36,000 slaving voyages

that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. The actual number is estimated to have been as high as 12.5 million. The database and the separate estimates interface offer researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history.

Ecclesiastical & Secular Sources for Slave Societies

– The ESSSS project is dedicated to identifying, cataloguing, and digitally preserving endangered archival materials documenting the history of Africans and Afro-descended peoples in the Iberian colonies. ESSSS currently has projects in Colombia, Cuba and Brazil.

Slave Biographies: Atlantic Database Network

– Slave Biographies: The Atlantic Database Network is an open access data repository of information on the identities of enslaved people in the Atlantic World. It includes the names, ethnicities, skills, occupations, and illnesses of individual slaves. Phase one of a multi-phase project is presented here. Users of the website can access data about slaves in colonial Louisiana and Maranhão, Brazil. They can download datasets, search for ancestors, and run statistical analysis.

Haiti Digital Library, Duke University

– This site, produced by Duke’s Haiti Lab, is meant to serve as a guide and portal to online resources about Haiti, specifically historical materials relating to the country and writings by Haitian authors. It is geared towards providing maximum access to these resources to Haitian readers.

Marronage in Saint-Domingue (Haïti): History, Memory, Technology

-An original project supported by the French Atlantic History Group (McGill University, Mellon Foundation) in collaboration with the Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines of the Université de Sherbrooke, “Marronnage in Saint-Domingue (Haïti)” is an electronic interface meant to decompartementalise the archives of slavery in the French Atlantic world.

Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center

– These selected sites offer access to free, high-quality databases pertaining to the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery.

Florida Memory, State Library and Archives of Florida

– In an effort to make its collections accessible to the largest possible audience, the State Library and Archives of Florida applied for grant funding under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) to digitize select collections. The Florida Memory website resulted from LSTA grant funding.

A Colony in Crisis: The Saint-Domingue Grain Shortage of 1789

-The website is designed to provide online access to both the French originals and the English translationsof key primary sources dealing with the grain shortage faced by the colony of Saint-Domingue in 1789, which are found under the Translations menu.

French Pamphlet Collection, The University of Maryland, College Park

-The University of Maryland Libraries hold a large collection of French pamphlets within their Rare Book Collection. These pamphlets reveal valuable information  about society during the upheaval of the French Revolution and provide cultural historians, linguists, and political scientists with important source material to study history, language, politics, government, and social issues.

UMedia Archive, University of Minnesota, James Ford Bell Library

-The UMedia Archive seeks to implement a new system for the management and delivery of digital objects and rich media. By leveraging open-source technologies, the Libraries provides for a new user experience to the campus community, incorporating a strong repository model alongside an enhanced web interface.

Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas, University of Notre Dame

-Early in the 1880’s Professor James F. Edwards, librarian of the University of Notre Dame, aware that irreplaceable items pertaining to the history of Catholicism in America were constantly in danger of being lost through neglect, carelessness or willful destruction, began to implement a plan which he had conceived for establishing at Notre Dame a national center for Catholic historical materials.

World Digital Library, Library of Congress, Latin America and the Caribbean

-Library of Congress’s digitized collection of maps, photos, and texts from throughout the Americas.

Boston Public Library, Online Collections

-Many of our collections can be accessed online. Manuscripts, ebooks, photos and other images, videos, sound archives, and more are available for viewing, listening, and downloading.

Latin America Pamphlet Digital Collection, Harvard Library

-Harvard’s Widener Library is the repository of many scarce and unique Latin American pamphlets published during the 19th and the early 20th centuries. One of the few institutions to have consistently collected Latin American pamphlets, Harvard has benefited from collections formed by Luis Montt (Chile), Nicolás Acosta (Bolivia), Manuel Segundo Sánchez (Venezuela), José Augusto Escoto (Cuba), Blas Garay (Paraguay), Charles Sumner, John B. Stetson and others. Chile, Cuba, Bolivia and Mexico are the countries most heavily represented in this collection.

Documenting the American South, North American Slave Narratives, The University of North Carolina

-“North American Slave Narratives” collects books and articles that document the individual and collective story of African Americans struggling for freedom and human rights in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. This collection includes all the existing autobiographical narratives of fugitive and former slaves published as broadsides, pamphlets, or books in English up to 1920.

Biblioteca Digital Puertorriqueña

La Biblioteca Digital Puertorriqueña de la Universidad de Puerto Rico es un repositorio en línea de imágenes y texto relacionadas con la historia y la cultura puertorriqueña.

Center for Research Libraries: Global Resources Network

-CRL digitizes materials from our collections to support research and teaching. CRL also negotiates favorable terms with publishers for member institutions to acquire major electronic resources locally.

Databases for Latin American and Border Research, New Mexico State University

-Information sources for research on Latin America and the U.S.-Mexico border region

Digital Archive of Latin American and Caribbean Ephemera, Princeton University Library

-The Digital Archive of Latin American and Caribbean Ephemera is a steadily growing repository containing a previously unavailable subset of Princeton’s Latin American Ephemera Collection as well as newly acquired materials being digitized and added on an ongoing basis. The bulk of the materials currently found in the Digital Archive were originally created around the turn of the 20th century and after, with some originating as recently as within the last year.

Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) Digital Collections, University of Miami Libraries

-Includes descriptions and links to Cuban Heritage Collection digital collections with digital manuscripts, photographs, letters, maps and other resources held in the University of Miami Libraries Cuban Heritage Collection. These presentations have been developed collaboratively by teams comprised of archivists, Digital Initiatives staff and the Cataloging Department.

Digital Archives List by Jessica Parr

-A list of repositories with significant digital collections in Early American and Atlantic History. In some cases, I have noted larger collections by name.

The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists

List of Online Archives

-C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists is the first academic organization dedicated to nineteenth-century American literary and cultural studies.