The Slave Wrecks Project Digital Archive: Progress and Prospects

Author(s): Michael C Smith

Year: 2016


The Slave Wrecks Project (SWP) Digital Archive is a multi-level relational database designed to facilitate research on slaver shipwrecks and their context. Its toolset allows researchers to quickly access information on ships, people and places involved in the slave trade. Currently the dataset contains information on over 1,000 slaver wrecks and draws data from a wide variety of sources, including: the Transatlantic Slave Trade Database; Digital Newspaper Archives in Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA; the National Archives, Kew; and Bristol and Liverpool’s regional archives. This presentation will outline the next steps for the SWP Digital Archive as it seeks to expand its sources and manage access, provide a technical overview and practical demonstration of its various toolsets in action, and conclude with a discussion of the Archive’s role in SWP’s efforts to pursue and promote the maritime archaeology of the slave trade.

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The Slave Wrecks Project Digital Archive: Progress and Prospects. Michael C Smith. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435006)


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