26 December 2012
|Part of the catalog for the French Superior Council holdings|
Artdaily.org posted a neat article about the archives held by the
( ). New Orleans
A marathon project is under way in
to digitize thousands of time-worn 18th-century French and Spanish legal papers
that historians say give the first historical accounts of slaves and free
blacks in North America. Yellowed page by
yellowed page, archivists are scanning the 220,000 manuscript pages from the French Superior Council and Spanish Judiciary between 1714
and 1803 in an effort to digitize, preserve, translate and index Louisiana's
colonial past and in the process help re-write American history ... It's at the
heart of a wave of research tracing American roots beyond the English colonies
and into Spain, France and Africa.
... It wasn't until the early 1900s for serious preservation and translation work to begin. The Works Progress Administration then patched up pages with tape (chemical from the tape is now eating at pages) and wrote English synopses. But past archivists and translators also buried important documents. Entire chunks — most importantly documents dealing with slave trials and women — were conspicuously left out of consideration. In one memorable case, archivists censored a case about a soldier accused of bestiality.
Read the full article.
It is always neat to see articles on non-genealogical blogs and sites regarding material that is relevant to the research we do! I like to think that inside each historian there is a budding genealogist!
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