Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva's Black History

Source Information

Domestic Traffic Advertisements (Maryland State Archives: Beneath the Underground database)

Slave Sales • 657 Records • Uploaded August 31, 2022 • Data Website: slavery2.msa.maryland.gov

This source includes newspaper advertisements placed by slave traders to buy or sell slaves throughout the state. This source includes only records from Eastern Shore counties; for records from all other Maryland counties, please visit the Legacy of Slavery website. The Maryland State Archives’ Legacy of Slavery in Maryland includes a database of transcribed records found in the Archives—Beneath the Underground—that relate to slavery and the underground Railroad, especially between 1830 and 1880. The Beneath the Underground website is an ongoing research effort to identify, utilize and make accessible all records which pertain to slavery in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries in Maryland. The extensive website also includes case studies highlighting individuals, interactive maps, and resources for studying the history of slavery in Maryland; the website can be found at the link provided.

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Fields Included

The list below shows the data fields included in this source. If a field is marked as Indexed, it is searchable.

  • Ad Date
  • Ad Type Indexed
  • Age Specified Indexed
  • County Indexed
  • Gender Specified Indexed
  • Press Date
  • Sale County Indexed
  • Sale Locale Indexed
  • Sale State Indexed
  • First Name Indexed
  • Last Name Indexed
  • Details Indexed
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