The “Louisiana Runaway Slave Advertisements, 1836-1865” collection is a comprehensive digital collection of advertisements and notices harvested from the newspapers digitized as part of the Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project. In these advertisements people from Louisiana and the Lower Mississippi Valley demonstrate their agency and resistance against the institutions of slavery and indentured servitude.
The project team identified and cropped advertisements directly from the digital newspaper images, and they
created full-text transcriptions and descriptive metadata.
New advertisements will be added to the collection at regular intervals until the project’s completion around September 2016.
Full issues of the newspapers from which advertisements were taken are available from the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America website.
More information about the Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project can be found on the project’s homepage.