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Benjamin Banneker's 1793 Almanack and Ephemeris

This 1793 edition of Benjamin Banneker's Almanack and Ephemeris features an annual calendar, statistical information, phases of the moon, astronomical data, and tide tables. Banneker's almanacs were unique because they featured social commentary and politically oriented literature. Some writings from this almanac include "A Plan of a Peace-Office, for the United States," "Extracts from the Debates in the Last Session of the British Parliament, Apr. 1792," "Extract from Jefferson's Notes on Virginia," and "Extract from Wilkinson's Appeal to England on Behalf of the Abused Africans." Please click "READ MORE" below for instructions for transcribing the tables in the almanac.

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Broadside for Kairrissah

Broadside posters were made to advertise events. Put up one week, by the next week they were often torn down or covered up with another poster. However, those that were saved for posterity often provide us with a glimpse into everyday life in the past. Theater posters provide us with information about the shows, the actors, and the audience. This broadside for the Front-Street Theater in Baltimore advertises the 1834 production of Kairrissah. Help us transcribe this document to not only learn about the production, but about segregation in Baltimore in the 1830s.

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Broadside for Out of Bondage, 1876

Broadside posters were made to advertise events. Put up one week, by the next week they were often torn down or covered up with another poster. However, those that were saved for posterity often provide us with a glimpse into everyday life in the past. Theater posters provide us with information about the shows, the actors, and the audience. Help us transcribe this broadside for Out of Bondage, produced by the Hyers Sisters, the first black women to gain success on the American stage.

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Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston Heavyweight Title Press Kit

On February 25, 1964, Cassius Clay won the world heavyweight crown in Miami with a technical knockout over Sonny Liston in Miami, Fl. These documents are from an original press kit from the Clay v. Liston heavyweight title bout and serve as an illustration of a crucial turning point in American sports history - one that touches on issues of civil rights, religion, and racial identity.

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Cast List for Shearer Summer Theater's Production of Cooling Waters, 1948

Martha’s Vineyard is known for its leisure activities and summers. From the 1940s to the 1980s, the Shearer Summer Theater, an African American theater company, produced shows for locals and tourists alike. The Shearer Summer Theater was the brainchild of Elizabeth “Liz” White, a dresser on Broadway, who directed, and even bought a two story house to act as the stage in the 1950s for the plays. Help us transcribe this cast list from a from the Shearer Summer Theater’s production of Cooling Waters.

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Cast list for the Shearer Players' Production of Angel Street, 1951

Martha’s Vineyard is known for its leisure activities and summers. From the 1940s to the 1980s, the Shearer Summer Theater, an African American theater company, produced shows for locals and tourists alike. The Shearer Summer Theater was the brainchild of Elizabeth “Liz” White, a dresser on Broadway, who directed, and even bought a two story house to act as the stage in the 1950s for the plays. Help us transcribe this cast list from a from the Shearer Summer Theater’s production of Angel Street.

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Catalogue of the Hampton Institute, 1886-87

In 1871, Hampton Institute graduated its first class comprised of five women and fourteen men. Between 1871 and 1887 the sizes of the graduating classes at Hampton continued to grow. Listed here are the names of the students at Hampton during the 1886-87 school year. Help us transcribe this yearbook and learn more about the faculty, students, and the types of courses students enrolled in during the late nineteenth century.

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Deed of Sale between William Walker and John and Joan Gunston

This 1685 deed of sale concerns the land holdings of Captain Thomas Gunston in Saint George, Barbados. The land and all assets, including "Negro slaves," are being left to Captain Gunston's niece and nephew. The document describes the boundaries of the plantation and lays out a price of 700 British pounds. Help us transcribe this deed of sale to discover more about how wealth and power are transferred over generations.

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Deed of Sale Including 237 Enslaved Persons

This deed of sale is a land grant for property in Saint Catherine, Jamaica made August 28, 1798. It is carried out between three parties: Lord Carrington, Samuel Smith and Rene Payne of London, and George Smith and John Smith also of London. The deed mentions the presence of two hundred thirty seven enslaved people. They are listed by name and divided into categories including "Invalids," and "Children, too young to work."

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Flyer for Shearer Players' Production of Angel Street, 1951

Martha’s Vineyard is known for its leisure activities and summers. From the 1940s to the 1980s, the Shearer Summer Theater, an African American theater company, produced shows for locals and tourists alike. The Shearer Summer Theater was the brainchild of Elizabeth “Liz” White, a dresser on Broadway, who wrote, directed, and even bought a two story house to act as the stage in the 1950s. Help us transcribe this program from a from the Shearer Summer Theater’s production of Angel Street.

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