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AfriGeneas Slave Research Forum

Re: "Ownership" of and access to slave data /recor

: If I am refused the right to publish - distribute - this
: information FREELY - I plan to take further action. But it got
: me to thinking - how many of you have had the same reaction or
: run up against the same restrictions? What can we do
: collectively to fight for "freedom of information" for
: us all?

: Jes my 25 cents.

: Denise

The state of Pennsylvania maintains all of its official slavery documents on microfilm, filed by county, at the state archives in Harrisburg. Slave names are generally not indexed, though. But it is a goldmine of information. I have been transcribing and publishing to the web these records for several years now, on the Afrolumens Web site, under "Slavery."

The records are considered public domain, and freely accessible and subject to distribution. You will note copyright notices at the bottom of each Afrolumens page, but you will also note that this says "original material" is copyrighted--i.e. commentary and articles I have written and posted on the site about the data. The actual data is not copyrighted and is free for anyone to use. By the way, the copyright also extends to the formatting--which is so no one lifts the entire Web site, puts it on a CD and tries to sell it.

The link is to the Afrolumens site, which is the old "Slavery in Pennsylvania" site.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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