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Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade (

Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade ( is a robust, open-source architecture to discover, connect, and visualize 600,000+ people records and five million data points. This information is gathered from archival fragments and spreadsheet entries to show the lives of the enslaved in richer detail. This database also consolidates, disambiguates, preserves, and makes accessible numerous other databases and projects that study enslaved peoples.

Matrix: Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences at Michigan State University, in partnership with the Michigan State Department of History; the University of Maryland College of Arts and Humanities; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and scholars at multiple institutions of education, research, and public exhibition developed the database which focuses on individuals who were enslaved, owned slaves, were connected to the slave trade, and worked to emancipate slaves. 

The project also publishes an electronic journal, the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation.

With the Department of History at the University of Maryland, the publishing arm of Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade (, provides an editorial internship where interns will learn about and contribute to various aspects of academic publishing, including seeking out submissions, peer review processes, copyediting, and promotion, bridging editorial, digital humanities, and public history work. Additionally, interns will put their library skills in historical research to use, identifying data relevant to the study of enslaved individuals published prior to the digital age.



Kristina Poznan

Assistant Clinical Professor, History

1102 Francis Scott Key Hall
College Park MD, 20742


Daryle Williams

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, College of Arts and Humanities, History

1102 Francis Scott Key Hall
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-2091

Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation

The Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation is a digital academic journal that publishes data articles describing original datasets about the lives of enslaved Africans from the fifteenth to the early twentieth century. The Journal builds from and expands on pioneering digital scholarship on the transatlantic slave trade. As such, the Journal elevates curated data to first-class publication status, providing scholarly review, recognition, and credit to those who undertake the intellectual work involved in generating, contextualizing, standardizing, and describing digital records related to historical bondage and freedom in Africa and its diaspora. All datasets published by the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation will be included on and preserved in the Harvard Dataverse or other appropriate repository.

Learn more about the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation