SHADD: Studies in the History of the African Diaspora – Documents


SHADD: Studies in the History of the African Diaspora – Documents—is a publication of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas. SHADD has evolved from the York/UNESCO Nigerian Hinterland Project, Department of History, York University, which was supported by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, under its Major Collaborative Research Initiatives Program.

The series is named in honour of Mary Ann Shadd, feminist and abolitionist editor of the Provincial Freeman (Windsor, Toronto, and Chatham, Canada West), 1853-57. SHADD operates under the direction of an Editorial Collective at York University, Toronto, Canada. The Editorial Advisory Board consists of members of the Harriet Tubman Institute.

SHADD publishes manuscripts in Arabic, French, Portuguese, English, Spanish and other languages relevant to the history of the African diaspora. Original documents may be submitted to the Editorial Collective for consideration. Documents must be digitized or accessible for digitization, and where permission to publish is required, such permission should be secured in writing. All citations will give full credit to the location of documents; there will be inventories of documents, as appropriate. Internet links to institutions will be included, indicating where additional materials may be found, as well as sources for documents included on the site. Hard copies of digitized documents will be deposited at selected repositories in Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa, as determined by the decision of the Editorial Collective. Wherever appropriate annotations and introductions will be revised as new information is recovered or otherwise made available.

Paul E. Lovejoy, FRSC (York University)

Advisory Board
Yacine Daddi Addoun (University of Notre Dame)
Richard Anderson (York University)
Nielson Bezerra (Universidade Estado do Rio de Janeiro)
Sean M. Kelley (University of Essex)
Femi Kolapo (University of Guelph)
Jane Landers (Vanderbilt University)
Vanessa Oliveira (University of Toronto)
Suzanne Schwarz (University of Worcester)

The SHADD Collection

The SHADD database is currently under development. The documents below are a sub-set of more than one thousand biographical accounts from primary documentation that comprise the SHADD collection.  Please check back regularly for new material.

  1. Life Stories of Africans in Diaspora. Introduction by Sean Kelley and Paul Lovejoy
  2. Life Histories in Missionary Sources. Introduction by Richard Anderson and Kyle Prochnow

Additional resources available here: The SHADD Collection