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  • The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: A Database contains the records of 27,233 trans-Atlantic slave ship voyages made between 1595 and 1866. These records are the most complete at this time, and account for 70% of the Atlantic slave trade. This database was compiled at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University by experts in the field of history and economics of the slave trade and draws on archival work of scholars working in Portuguese, Danish, French, Spanish, Dutch and English [Main sequence 326.0973 TRA].


  • Correspondence of the military intelligence division relating to "Negro subversion" 1917-1941. On the six rolls of this microfilm publication are reproduced record cards and correspondence of the Military Intelligence Division (MID) that relate to activities of blacks in both civilian and military life, 1917-41. The documents reproduced are primarily from World War I and the immediate postwar years and consist of War Department memorandums, investigative reports, and correspondence with other agencies, particularly the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Investigation, predecessor of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The MID file label for these records was, "Negro Subversion", although most of the records are considerably broader in coverage than that title would suggest. This file is part of Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, Record Group. Marcus Garvey and his Universal Negro Improvement Association is one subject covered [Reserve Stack microfilm 305.896073]
  • The library holds on microfilm Slave narratives: a folk history of slavery in the United States from interviews with former slaves with narratives from throughout the south; Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma etc(13 reels) [Reserve Stack microfilm 326.0973 SLA]

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