About the Site

The Abolition of the Slave Trade presents more than 8,000 pages of original essays, primary documents—books, pamphlets, articles, and illustrations—as well as secondary sources and original maps. The site is organized around eight themes that tell the forgotten story of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade to the United States and, more generally, to the Western Hemisphere. Each theme is presented through an essay, images, and texts.

Users can either read the essays and look at the images, or focus on images only by clicking on "Images." From the menu, they can elect to see all the images, or only those associated with a particular part of the essay.

Users can also focus on the primary and secondary sources by clicking on "Texts". From the menu they can view all texts associated with an essay or only those pertaining to a particular part of the essay. With few exceptions, all books, book chapters, articles, and manuscript are presented in their original form.

A "Search" function is accessible from all pages. It enables users to search through texts and illustrations, for a particular keyword, or sentence. All texts and images can be printed. Printer-friendly versions of the texts are available.


Conditions of Use

The contents of this website are made available for individual private study, scholarship, and research only. Any other use, including but not limited to any type of publication or commercial use, is prohibited without the payment of usage fees and the prior written permission of The New York Public Library as well as any owners of rights in the materials, if applicable. Regarding such permission, please contact the NYPL Photographic Services & Permissions office for additional information. The New York Public Library has posted the material on this website in an effort to make meaningful information widely available, free of charge for personal or research purposes, in a manner that The Library believes consistent with the intentions of the individuals and committees that came together to create these works. The Library has made diligent efforts to locate and obtain permission to post this material from any individual or group that may own rights therein. Please contact The Library if you have an interest in these materials and have any objection or concern with respect to The Library's posting of them


Obtaining copies of the images

The low-resolution images available on the website are suitable for immediate printing or downloading to provide good-quality reference copies for a wide range of educational, creative, and research purposes. High-resolution copies of images from the collections of The New York Public Library are available for licensing for personal use and for professional reproduction through Photographic Services & Permissions. Copies of images from external repositories and collections are also available, but must be obtained from those repositories and collections directly. To find out more about how to obtain a copy of a particular image, click the "Request a Copy" link when it appears.