The papers of Eliza Lucas Pinckney (1722–1793) and her daughter Harriott Pinckney Horry (1748–1830) document the lives of two observant and articulate founding-era women who were members of one of South Carolina’s leading families. Their letters, diaries, and other documents span nearly a century (1739–1830) and provide a window on politics, social events, and people of the late colonial and early national periods.
Coverage: 1739–1830

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The Texas Slavery Project examines the spread of American slavery into the borderlands between the United States and Mexico in the decades between 1820 and 1850. American slaveholders began migrating to the Mexican province of Texas in the 1820s, where they established a society like those developing at the same time in Mississippi and Alabama. Tensions quickly rose between these Anglo settlers and the government of Mexico, which repeatedly attempted to outlaw slavery in Texas. Settlers in the region eventually rebelled from Mexico in 1836 and established the Republic of Texas. From 1836 to 1845, slaveholders from the American South poured into this new nation between the borders of the United States and Mexico.

Centered on a database of slave and slaveholder populations in Texas during the Republic era (1837-45), the Texas Slavery Project offers a window into the role slavery played in the development of Texas in the years before the region became part of the United States.Dynamic interactive maps show the changing flows of enslaved and slaveholder populations in Texas over time. The population database search engine allows users to discover the growth of slave and slaveholder populations in the region. Digitized original documents from the era provide an opportunity to hear the voices of those who lived with slavery in early Texas

The Texas Slavery Project takes a deep look at the expansion of slavery in the borderlands between the United States and Mexico in the years between 1837 and 1845. Based at the Virginia Center for Digital History, the project offers a number of digital tools that allow users to explore the changing face of slavery in early Texas:

  • The project's dynamic maps plot the flows of slavery into and throughout Texas during the years the region was an independent republic (1836-1845). This mapping interface is fully interactive, allowing you to select and then animate the changes in different slave and slaveholder populations in Texas. You can interact with the map itself (by clicking on a particular county to see statistics about that particular time and place) or with the maps tools (by graphing particular counties to see the changes in populations).
  • The database search engine allows you to search and parse the population database in a number of ways. You can search for slave and slaveholder populations for all counties in Texas, or search for individual ones. You can search for statistics on counties, or see the entire population database. The graphing interface also allows users to see these statistics and numbers plotted and charted in a number of ways.
  • The primary sources provide a window in the words and thoughts of men and women who lived with slavery every day in Texas. These sources include personal letters, newspaper articles, constitutions, legal documents, and laws.


Television News of the Civil Rights Era, 1950-1970, aims to collect, digitize, and present in streaming video format over the World Wide Web television news footage from the period and to make these valuable materials available to scholars, teachers, and students. The current archive contains films from the nightly news from two local television stations in Virginia--WDBJ (CBS) Roanoke and WSLS (NBC) Roanoke. In this initial installment we have digitized over 230 films. This rare footage includes full speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon, the governors of the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as original footage of school desegregation, public meetings, local debates over civil rights matters, and interviews with citizens.

This project is currently a research work in progress. We have received generous support from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the Virginia Department of Education as well as support from the University of Virginia Alumni Association's Mead Endowment. We have worked with the Robertson Media Center at the University of Virginia, especially Michael Tuite and Bruce Johnson.

In Fall 2004 and Spring 2005 two classes at the University of Virginia have contributed to this project. Students in HIUS 401, a history major thesis seminar, wrote papers on the civil rights era in Virginia and several of the papers have been published as student essays in the interpretive section of the site. In Spring 2005 students in HIUS 403 and MDST 465 worked to produce a documentary film on the civil rights era in Virginia based on the films in this archival collection. They added materials to the project and conducted important research for the project.

We are continually updating this project as research on these films progresses. Wherever possible we have tried to identify unclear dates and people in the films. We thank you for your consideration as we work to develop a comprehensive catalog and index of films of the civil rights era in Virginia. If you have information about news footage or would like to donate news footage to this project, please contact:

Scot French
Director, Virginia Center for Digital History
Taylor Room, Alderman Library
Box 400116
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Va 22904-4116
phone: 434-924-3804

Project Staff
  • William G. Thomas, III--Project Director
  • Felicia Johnson--VCDH Web Designer and Digitization
  • Kimberly A. Tryka--VCDH Assoc. Dir., XML Development and Web Development
  • Blair Coin--undergraduate research assistant
  • James Commons--undergraduate research assistant
  • Maria Kosut--undergraduate research assistant
  • Mia Morgan--undergraduate research assistant
  • Gerard Robinson--graduate research assistant
  • Mike Schaffer--graduate research assistant