Digital Library on American Slavery This link opens in a new window
This site, the final phase of the Race and Slavery Petitions project, offers data on race and slavery extracted from eighteenth and nineteenth-century documents containing detailed information on about 150,000 individuals, including slaves, free people of color, and whites. These data have been extracted from 2,975 legislative petitions and 14,512 county court petitions (covering the years 1775-1867) from fifteen states and the District of Columbia, and from a wide range of related documents, including wills, inventories, deeds, bills of sale, depositions, court proceedings, amended petitions, among others. Buried in these documents are the names and other data on roughly 80,000 individual slaves, 8,000 free people of color, and 62,000 whites, both slave owners and non-slave owners. The general topics include slave ownership, slave management, freedom suits, crime and punishment, health, death, social and civic life, marriage, women, and family, among others. The site is searchable by name and petition, as well as browsable by subject.