This event will publicly launch a searchable online database of about 3,500 antislavery and antisegregation petitions sent to the Massachusetts colonial and state legislatures from the 1600s to 1870, now housed in the Massachusetts Archives.
Each petition image is annotated with detailed information, and the dataset provides web-based browsing, searching, and filtering, along with images of the digitized documents. These digitized images include documents that date back to antislavery efforts from 1649 but also reflect black Revolutionary War veterans, female abolitionists (including Sojourner Truth), and petitions submitted before, during, and after the Civil War. The images, and the associated metadata, will be distributed by the Harvard Dataverse Network infrastructure and will be made publicly available for the first time at this event on February 27, 2015, at the end of Black History Month.
Event is free and open to the public.
This event is cosponsored by the Center for American Political Studies, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, and the Massachusetts Archives.