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Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. (Charlottesville, VA 22902-0316)
Jillian E. Galle (Project Director: August 2013 to June 2019)
Beyond the Mansion 2.0: Completing a Digital Archive for Thirty Years of Archaeological Research at The Hermitage

Cataloging and digitization of 365,000 artifacts from Andrew Jackson's home, The Hermitage, located near Nashville, Tennessee, that document socio-cultural relations between the owners and the enslaved population from the late 18th century through emancipation.

From 1804 until 1845 The Hermitage was home to Andrew Jackson and scores of enslaved men, women, and children who labored in the fields of Jackson's cotton plantation near Nashville, Tennessee. To shed needed light on the daily lives of The Hermitage's enslaved community, archaeologists excavated hundreds of thousands of artifacts from twelve domestic sites of slavery. Despite extensive excavations, compelling insights, based on archaeological evidence, into the economic, social, and cultural dynamics of The Hermitage plantation community have remained elusive. This proposal requests funds to catalog, analyze, digitize and disseminate data on hundreds of thousands of artifacts and archaeological contexts from six excavation areas at the First Hermitage. These collections are currently virtually inaccessible to researchers and the public and making the data available will yield new insights into changing lifeways of enslaved people during the 19th century in the Upper South.

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Project fields:
African American Studies; Archaeology; U.S. History

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2014 – 5/31/2018