Digital Library on American Slavery
People Not Property - Slave Deeds of North Carolina
The People Not Property 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.
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.
UNC Greensboro University Libraries has received a three-year, $294,603 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to digitize nearly 10,000 North Carolina slave deeds and bills of sale, create a comprehensive database for the digitized records and transcribe the full text of these documents.
Grant funding and project development begins on October 1, 2018
- Researchers helping people find ancestors, learn history of families (Fox 8 News; Sep 26, 2018)
- UNCG Slave Name Database Ensures The Past Is Not Forgotten (WUNC The State Of Things; Aug 21, 2018)
- Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Aim to Preserve Slave Records (The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education; August 06, 2018)
- UNCG libraries working to compile slave deeds from North Carolina counties (Spectrum News; August 01, 2018)
- Documenting slavery (Greensboro News & Record; July 30, 2018)
- UNCG To Digitize Slave Deed Records From Across The State (WFMY News 2; July 28, 2018)
- UNCG To Digitize Slave Deeds (NPR; July 26, 2018)
- Grant to help digitize North Carolina slave records (Chicago Tribune; July 23, 2018)
- Grant backs project to digitally preserve slave deeds across North Carolina (Asheville Citizen Times; July 23, 2018)