A Decade of Digital Humanities at Vanderbilt


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