The website includes four databases. Voyages lists the name of the vessel and its captain, the origin and destination of the slaves, and the year of the voyage. Estimates are collected in tables and show numbers of slaves embarking and disembarking, where the ship originated and where the slaves were landed. Images includes four categories: manuscripts, places, slaves, and vessels. African Names specifically identifies 67,000 Africans by name, gender, age, origin, and point of embarkation.
The website credentials are impressive. Emory University hosts the website. The National Endowment for the Humanities is the principal sponsor and partners with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute of Harvard, several international partners, all universities, as well as libraries, presses, and mapping specialists.
The website is a work in progress. Though the databases are dynamic and growing, searching them is not for the faint of heart. The downloadable PDF Guide to searching runs to 40 pages. If you search, pay particular attention to the “How to Structure a Query” sections in the Guide for each database.