Slavery & Anti-Slavery Archive and Nineteenth Century Collection Online Now at CUNY!

May 31, 2013 | News

The Office of Library Services is proud to announce the purchase of two digital collections, Slavery & AntiSlavery Archives and Nineteenth Century Collections Online.  Both acquisitions from GALE Digital Collections present primary source materials that will enhance the research of CUNY scholars and are immediately available for system-wide access.

The four-part Slavery & Anti-Slavery Archives began release in 2009 and were completed this year. The archives explore the history of slavery in America, providing a direct view into primary source documents from leading collections around the world. Each archive contains more than a million pages of full-text, fully searchable pages of first-person accounts, slave narratives, newspaper articles, contemporary art, photographs, government and legal documents. The collection is arranged along thematic lines that cover:  

Part I: Debates over Slavery and Abolition

Part II: Slave Trade in the Atlantic World

Part II: Institution of Slavery

Part IV: Age of Emancipation

The newly released Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) is a multi-year global digitization and publishing program focused on collections of primary sources from the nineteenth century. Each archive adds more than a million  full-text, fully searchable pages of monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, ephemera, maps, statistics and other kinds of documents in both Western and non-Western languages. CUNY purchased the eight archives which have been released to date:

Archive 1: British Politics and Society

Archive 2: Asia & West Diplomacy & Cultural Exchange

Archive 3: British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture

Archive 4: Corvey Collection of European Literature

Archive 5: History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, 1780-1925

Archive 6: Photography

Archive 7: Women – Transnational Networks

Archive 8: Europe & Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest

The NCCO collections reside on a new platform that was designed with Digital Humanities research in mind.  It supports such features as textual analysis, user-generated tags and annotations, browser-based tools for collecting, citing and organizing

research, and an image viewer that enables zoom, highlighting, rotating, reverse and custom views. (see Gale’s website:

Both NCCO and Slavery & Anti-Slavery complement ECCO, the Eighteenth Century Collection Online, which CUNY purchased for system-wide use in 2008 and 2012, along with the Burney Newspaper Collection.