Before the war, after the war: preserving history in Sierra Leone (EAP284)

Documents which can barely be equalled in importance for telling the Atlantic slavery story. Foremost are the Liberated African Letter Books, which record the slave ships captured by the navy patrol, list all Africans disembarked at Freetown and indicate what became of them. There are also treaties between local chiefs and the new settlement from [...]

Nineteenth century documents of the Sierra Leone Public Archives (EAP443)

Valuable documents of immense importance for research on the transatlantic slave trade and its repercussions. The original Registers of Liberated Africans who were taken off slave ships by the Royal Navy from 1808 to the 1840s document more than 85,000 individuals. In addition, there are Letterbooks which provide information on the treatment and ‘disposal’ of [...]

Virginia Emigrants to Liberia

The American Colonization Society was established in 1816 by a coalition of Upper South politicians and Northern and Southern ministers to establish a colony on the west coast of Africa for the voluntary emigration of free Blacks from the United States. Many supporters hoped that reducing the free Black population would promote manumissions in the [...]

Digital Library on American Slavery

The Digital Library on American Slavery (DLAS) is an expanding resource compiling independent collections focused upon race and slavery in the American South, made searchable through a single, simple interface. DLAS houses tens of thousands of records relating to all 15 slave states and Washington, D.C. as well as a number of northern states. DLAS [...]

Sierra Leone Blue Books

Sierra Leone Blue Books are annual reports compiled by the British colonial administration in Sierra Leone during the colonial period. These reports were typically published in blue covers, hence the name "Blue Books." They provided comprehensive information on various aspects of colonial governance, administration, and socio-economic conditions in Sierra Leone. The contents of Sierra Leone [...]