This panel discusses some of the trials and triumphs of our international team who for longer than a decade have worked to preserve the oldest records for Africans in the Americas. The Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies Digital Archive holds more than 600,000 unique images dating from the 16th-19th centuries from Cuba, Brazil, Colombia and Spanish Florida. They preserve the history of between four and six million African and Afro-descended individuals and make possible important new research on African and Afro-descended populations in the Americas.
Jane Landers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History, Director, ESSSS
Pablo F. Gómez, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin
David LaFevor, Assistant Professor, University of Texas, Arlington
Angela Sutton, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Digital Humanities Center
Kara Schultz, American Council for Learned Societies, Doctoral Fellow, Digital Humanities Center
Dale Poulter, Coordinator, Jean and Alexander Heard Library
Paula Covington, Latin American Bibliographer, Jean and Alexander Heard Library