About the Project
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database is the culmination of several decades of independent and collaborative research by scholars drawing upon data in libraries and archives around the Atlantic world. The Voyages website itself is the product of two years of development by a multi-disciplinary team of historians, librarians, curriculum specialists, cartographers, computer programmers, and web designers, in consultation with scholars of the slave trade from universities in Europe, Africa, South America, and North America. The National Endowment for the Humanities was the principal sponsor of this Emory University Digital Library Research initiative. The W.E.B. Du Bois Institute of Harvard University and the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation of the University of Hull have also supported its development.
A brief account of the origins of a single multi-source dataset of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and its realization first as a CD-ROM published by Cambridge University Press in 1999 and now, in an expanded version, on the Voyages website. Names of the principal investigators, of members of the project development team, and of individuals serving on the steering committee and advisory board. Names of scholars and researchers whose findings on the trans-Atlantic slave trade have been incorporated into the Voyages Database. Major sponsors and institutional partners of the Voyages website, as well as other organizations and individuals who have assisted the work of the project team. A scholar-public collaborative project using audio recordings of names in African Names Database to trace the geographic origins of Africans transported in the transatlantic slave trade. Members of the Voyages editorial board and the email address for contacting the website.
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