Collection History

This digital compilation was developed in support of the NYPL website, "The African American Migration Experience," a sweeping 500-year historical narrative from the transatlantic slave trade to the Western migration, the colonization movement, the Great Migration, and the contemporary immigration of Caribbeans, Haitians, and sub-Saharan Africans.

Related Resources

NYPL. "In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience."(2005) <>

Collection Data

The collection depicts the enslavement of persons of African descent, primarily in the United States, from the early 1800s to the mid-1860s. The collection consists mainly of photographic reproductions of illustrations, paintings, photographs, documents, artifacts and printed texts, drawn from original sources in the Schomburg Center, and from the Milton Meltzer research collection. Also includes plates from various publications. Included are images depicting the slave trade, including the Middle Passage and slave auctions; slave labor; portraits of abolitionists and political figures; and activities pertaining to the anti-slavery movement.
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1857 - 1997 (Questionable)
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division
Shelf locator: Sc Photo Slavery
Slavery -- United States
Slaves -- Social conditions
Antislavery movements -- United States
Slave trade -- United States
Slave trade -- Africa
Abolitionists -- United States
Physical Description
Photomechanical prints
Gelatin silver prints
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b16104370
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 2eda53e0-c6f6-012f-50d4-58d385a7bc34
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