American Women's History: Digital Collections
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Primary Sources: Digital Collections

African-American Women: On-line Archival Collections [online]. Durham, NC: Special Collections Library, Duke University, 1997 [cited 29 November 2001]. Available from:
A total of five slave letters from 1837, 1838 and 1857.

Bibliography of Sources on Jefferson and the Hemings Family [online]. Charlottesville: Special Collections Department, Alderman Library, University of Virginia, last modified 4 June 2001 [cited 29 November 2001]. Available from:

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 [online]. [Washington, D.C.]: Library of Congress, 2000. Available from:

Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American Engineering Record, 1933-Present [online]. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1998- [cited 16 October 2000]. Available from:
Includes numerous images of slave cabins and quarters. Search by keyword for slave.

Costa, Tom. The Geography of Slavery in Virginia [online]. Charlottesville: Virginia Center for Digital History, University of Virginia, 1999- . Available from:
Runaway slave advertisements from 18th century Virginia newspapers. Limiting a search by sex to "female" retrieves 592 hits.

The Dred Scott Case [online]. St. Louis: Washington University, c2000 [cited 29 November 2001]. Available from:
Also see Scott Hauser's article, Law Professor Shines Light on 'Mrs. Dred Scott'.

Harriet Jacobs: Selected Writings and Correspondence [online]. [New Haven, Conn.]: Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, [2005]. Available from:
This site offers 15 documents, including an advertisement for the capture of Harriet Jacobs (1835), letters from Jacobs, and a contemporary review of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

North American Slave Narratives [online]. Chapel Hill: Academic Affairs Library, University of North Carolina, 1998 [cited 24 May 1999]. Available from:

Priscilla's Homecoming [online]. [New Haven, Conn.]: Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, [2005]. Available from:
In 1756, 10 year old Priscilla was taken on the slave ship Hare from Sierra Leone to South Carolina.

Race & Slavery Petitions Project [online]. Greensboro: Department of History, The University of North Carolina, 2000- [cited 2 August 2002]. Available from:
Samples from Loren Schweninger's massive slave petitions project.

Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860 [online]. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 2002 [cited 28 May 2002]. Available from:
The subject index includes entries for "Crandall, Prudence," "Johnson, Jane," "Reed, Margaret Allison Ross," and "Women slaves--Africa."

Commerical Collections

Hall, Gwendolyn Midlo, ed. Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy, 1699-1860 [CD-ROM]. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2000.
This collection of over 100,000 records from civil documents, manuscripts, and published censuses provides valuable source material about the lives of slaves and slaveholders.

American Women's History: A Research Guide

Ken Middleton
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Middle Tennessee State University Library