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Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. (Charlottesville, VA 22902-0316)
Kevin Bartoy (Project Director, 07/23/2007 - 08/09/2009); Jillian Galle (Project Director, 08/10/2009 - present)
PW-50172-08
Beyond the Mansion: Digitizing Thirty Years of Archaeological Research on Slavery at the Hermitage

The completion of the cataloging of 800,000 artifacts from areas occupied from 1804 to 1858 by enslaved African Americans on Andrew Jackson's residence and plantation.

The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, was the home to over 250 enslaved African Americans. Since 1970, archaeological research at The Hermitage has resulted in the collection of over 800,000 artifacts. These artifacts represent one of the largest archaeological collections which document the history of a single community of enslaved people in the New World. The Hermitage Department of Archaeology, in collaboration with the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS), requests NEH funding to allow for the completion of analysis, cataloguing, and uploading to the Internet of the existing Hermitage archaeological collection. In so doing, the Hermitage collection will further advance the comparative study of slavery in the New World.

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Project fields: Archaeology
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $285,855 (approved); $50,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2008 – 8/31/2012

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