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Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN 37240-0001)
Jane Gilmer Landers (Project Director: February 2016 to August 2022)

Digital Humanities Implementation Grants
Digital Humanities

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$225,000 (approved)
$199,922 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2016 – 7/31/2019

Revitalizing the Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies Digital Archive

Implementation of robust systems for preserving and accessing a longstanding digital resource on the history of African and Afro-descended people. The project would also conduct outreach to scholarly communities, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and the general public to encourage further awareness and use of these collections.

In 2002 the Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies Digital Archive was launched with NEH support. Since that time international teams of historians trained in languages and paleography, IT specialists, bibliographer and archivists have collaborated to preserve over 400,000 unique images dating from the 16th-19th centuries, documenting the history of four to six million African and Afro-descended individuals. Having outgrown our dated technology and platform, we seek support to revitalize this archive, transfer these data to SOBEK and create metadata and transcriptions that will enhance both use and long-term preservation. At project’s end, we will also host an international conference of our collaborative network of digital humanities scholars and a post-conference workshop to share digital preservation expertise with institutions in the region that have limited cyberinfrastructure.

Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN 37240-0001)
Jane Gilmer Landers (Project Director: September 2002 to March 2005)
Frank Robinson (Project Director: April 2005 to December 2005)
Jane Gilmer Landers (Project Director: December 2005 to March 2007)

Collaborative Research
Research Programs

$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2003 – 6/30/2006

Ecclesiastical Sources and Historical Research on the African Diaspora in Brazil and Cuba

The creation of a digitized catalogue of Brazilian and Cuban ecclesiastical records, offering information on the history of Africans and people of African descent in the Americas, from the sixteenth century through the end of the nineteenth century. (36 months)

This project unites scholars from Brazil, the United States, and Canada in a three-year collaboration to digitize ecclesiastical records for African history in Brazil, Cuba, and the Spanish circum-Caribbean. The results will be the preservation of endangered and unique records for the history of Africans in the Americas through a digitized archive, web page, and CD-ROMs. In addition, over the life of the three-year project, international scholars and students will collaborate in workshops to exchange research and learn new technologies. Technical support and expertise, as well as data storage and management, will be provided by the Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora at York University.