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Participant name: David Eltis

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HK-230986-15Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Implementation GrantsEmory UniversityEnhancing and Sustaining www.slavevoyages.org9/1/2015 - 2/28/2018$324,992.00David EltisAllenE.TullosEmory UniversityAtlantaGA30322-1018USA2015History, GeneralDigital Humanities Implementation GrantsDigital Humanities3249920324991.730

The enhancement of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database (also known as slavevoyages.org) to add additional records about the intra-American movement of enslaved persons and to recode the underlying database to allow for long term sustainability.

Slavevoyages has become the basic reference tool for anyone studying the transatlantic slave trade, and is used widely by teachers, genealogists, and scientists as well as scholars of slavery and the slave trade. The site is nevertheless facing an uncertain future, possibly extinction, as the code in which it was written is made obsolete by evolving server operating systems.

PA-51985-06Preservation and Access: Preservation/Access ProjectsEmory UniversityThe Expanded, On-Line Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database6/1/2006 - 6/30/2010$324,011.00David EltisMartinDouglasHalbertEmory UniversityAtlantaGA30322-1018USA2006History, GeneralPreservation/Access ProjectsPreservation and Access32401103240110

This award will support the addition essential records to an electronic database on transatlantic slave voyages. The work will add 8,000 new entries, enhance an additional 9,000 entries, and create a Web-based resource to serve with specialized interfaces for scholars and researchers, as well as K-12 students and the general public.

January 1, 2008, marks the bicentennial of the abolition of the slave trade in the U.K and the U.S. This project proposes to commemorate this anniversary by creating an interactive, Web-based resource about the transatlantic slave trade. Using as its foundation information about 27,233 voyages documented in the renowned Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database CD-ROM (Cambridge 1999), this project will produce a revised and significantly expanded database that will contain more than 35,000 voyages—fully 90 percent of the slave trade—and will be published via the Internet. The project will present the database and its auxiliary materials in a two-tier format: one designed for professional researchers and another for K-12/generalist audiences.

PW-50120-08Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesEmory UniversityThe African Origins Portal: Ethnic Roots of Africans Entering the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, 1819-18451/1/2009 - 9/30/2012$349,641.00David Eltis   Emory UniversityAtlantaGA30322-1018USA2008African HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access34964103496410

The creation of a Web-based resource on the names, cultural identification, and migration patterns of Africans in the trans-Atlantic slave trade between 1819 and 1845.

We know much about the homelands and cultures of European migrants to the Americas. This project will set in motion the discovery of the as-yet unknown backgrounds of millions of their coerced African counterparts by creating an interactive, freely available Web-based resource about the migration histories of Africans forcibly carried to the Americas via the transatlantic slave trade. Using as its base detailed data on 67,000 liberated Africans (from Courts of Mixed Commission slave registers between 1819 and 1845 that documented individuals freed from slaving vessels), this African Origins portal will accomplish two related goals: 1) present and contextualize detailed geographic, ethnic, and linguistic data on movements of peoples and cultures from Africa to the Americas, and 2) foster collaboration between scholars and African Diaspora communities in order to enhance our knowledge of this African migration.

PW-51254-11Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesEmory UniversityThe Origins of Identities of Africans Entering the Transatlantic Slave Trade10/1/2011 - 6/30/2013$27,000.00David Eltis   Emory UniversityAtlantaGA30322-1018USA2011U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access270000270000

Supplemental work to add information to the database reflecting research in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and London, United Kingdom. The work will integrate information from slave trade registers surviving in England and Sierra Leone. The work will additionally accomodate new, digitized photographic material into the database. Finally, the supplement will allow for the retention of the project manager's services for six additional months.

Supplement funding is requested for the following: For additional research in Sierra Leone, Freetown, and London. To integrate the London and Sierra Leone registers. To accomodate new photographic material. Administrative support to allow retention of services of project manager for six months.