The Amistad Research Center is embracing digital initiatives in order to enhance access to our collections. There are currently five ways to access digital content on the website. As the Center continues to embrace technology, more digital projects, such as online exhibitions will be completed as another access point to content on the web.
Online Finding Aid Database
Amistad's online finding aid database provides access to individual digital objects including photographs, documents, audio, and video formats. This will be a continuing effort with new objects added on a regular basis; however, due to copyright and permissions issues, not all photographs, documents, oral histories, or films will be digitized and published to the database. Therefore, many significant objects will not be represented in the online database.
LOUISiana Digital Library
The LOUISiana Digital Library hosts the Amistad Research Center’s special digital collection, The American Missionary Association and the Promise of a Multicultural American: 1839-1954. This online resource is a digital archives of approximately 5,000 photographs reflecting the activities and programs of the American Missionary Association (AMA) from 1839 to 1954. Photographers working for the AMA traveled through urban and rural communities within the continental United States and abroad, visually recording the diverse communities served by the AMA's broad social justice agenda. The collection includes selected images from the AMA Archives, AMA Archives Addenda, AMA Annual Reports and American Missionary Magazine Records.
Treatment of language has been at the forefront of the critical decisions employed in the descriptive words for people and environments visually documented in the project. The challenge was to maintain the archival integrity of the photographs, while also stating the correct descriptive name for the ethnic groups copied from the back of the photographs. The terminologies used to signify ethnic identities have changed during the tenure of the AMA, due to continuing development of cultural awareness and understanding. Many of the descriptive words used to identify peoples of various ethnicities reflect our ongoing journey to understand and respect one another as human beings.
American Missionary Association Timeline
School Desegregation in Louisiana
African Activist Archive
The African Activist Archive provides an online presence for digitized documents that record the activism in the United States in support of anti-apartheid and anti-colonial struggles across the African continent from the 1950s through the 1990s. This project is supported by numerous activists and institutions housing records of individuals and organizations involved in such struggles. The Amistad Research Center has provided selected materials from the American Committee on Africa records housed at the Center. To search the Amistad contributions, click "Advanced Search" and then select "American Committee on Africa" from the Collections drop-down menu.
Abolitionist Map of America
An interactive website that explores events, characters, and locations connected to the anti-slavery movement, the Abolitionist Map of America is an extension of the three-part series, The Abolitionists, which premiered on PBS in January 2013. The Amistad Research Center joined dozens of museums, libraries, archives and PBS member stations in populating the map with geo-tagged historical photos and documents. Developed with innovative technology from public media history platform Historypin, the Abolitionist Map of America allows users to superimpose an archival image of a specific location over the present-day street view of that same location, showing how a significant place has changed over time. Walking tours of Boston, Charleston, Cincinnati and Philadelphia can be experienced by users virtually on the Web or spontaneously as they walk through the city. Amistad's contributions can be viewed here.
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