Digital Library on American Slavery

People Not Property - Slave Deeds of North Carolina

The People Not Property - Slave Deeds of North Carolina project is a collaborative endeavor between the UNCG University Libraries, North Carolina Division of Archives and Records, and North Carolina Registers of Deeds among others. Working as an addition to and evolution of the Digital Library on American Slavery, the project is leading towards a unique, centralized database of bills of sales indexing the names of enslaved people from across North Carolina.

Current Progress

We are in the early stages of application development on the project, and have formed a working group to spearhead and coordinate the effort going forward. We have completed database design, and produced a spreadsheet for remote data collection. Currently we are exploring grant opportunities and additional sources of funding in order to expedite progress on the project.

When complete, People Not Property - Slave Deeds of North Carolina will include robust metadata, high resolution images, and full-text searchable transcripts. We hope to open the project to states beyond North Carolina, creating a central location for accessing and researching slave deeds from across the Southern United States.

Maintained by ERIT, University Libraries, UNCG