Gale Launches Groundbreaking Reference Source – Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive

Farmington Hills, Mich., June 26, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today introduced a new electronic resource offering the most comprehensive archive available chronicling slavery from the 16th Century through the early 20th Century. Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive, represents the first-ever, large-scale database to make available historical books, manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, court records, and other sources in one cross-searchable location.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery is a flagship of Gale’s expanding program of digital archives designed to serve the needs of academic researchers and students,” said Jim Draper, Gale’s vice president and publisher of Digital Collections.  “This source is the gateway into the global study of race relations, religion, education, politics, economics, and law through the lens of slavery.”

The first of the four-part series, Debates over Slavery and Abolition, explores the varying viewpoints and debates that surrounded the practice, experience and eventual abolition of slavery in the U.S., as well as in Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. It will be followed by Part II in 2011. Once completed, the entire four-part digital archive will comprise 5 million pages of documents.

This collection–Debates over Slavery and Abolition, Slave Trade in the Atlantic World, Institution of Slavery, Age of Emancipation–embraces the historical study of slavery in a comprehensive, conceptual and global way.
Collections drawn from institutions such as Amistad Research Center, Oberlin College, Yale University, and Oxford University allow for unparalleled depth and breadth of content.  Scholarly reference materials are drawn from MacMillan Reference USA, Charles Scribner’s Sons, and Gale encyclopedias, among others, and contextual commentary has been created specially for this collection.  With documents from 7,242 books and pamphlets, 80 newspapers and periodicals and over 600,000 pages of manuscripts, teachers and researchers will have access to a comprehensive array of opposing views and perspectives in one database.

A sampling of the sources represented in the series –

Books and Pamphlets

  • Anti-Slavery Collection from Oberlin College
  • Anti-Slavery Collection from Oxford University
  • Eighteenth Century Collection
  • Sabin Americana
  • Slavery Tracts and Pamphlets from the West India Committee Collection
  • The Slave Trade Book and Pamphlet Collection; 1680-1865 from the Royal Commonwealth Society


  • The American Missionary Association Archives, 1839-1882 from the Amistad Research Center
  • The Slave Trade Papers: Papers of Sir Thomas Fowell-Buxton from Oxford University
  • The Lewis Tappan Papers from the Library of Congress
  • The Salmon Chase Papers from the Library of Congress

For more information, please contact Linda Busse at [email protected].

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