Supporting Documents

Documents attached below provide information garnered for all sites analyzed in this project, including those that do not have DECA forms. Explanations of what can be found in each sheet are listed below. The NEH report is also available in PDF format.

Excel Spreadsheet:  “BigSimple-LisaW5-8-08”

This listing of 392 slave buildings largely derives from the architectural files of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) in Richmond, Virginia. It represents either standing or formerly standing buildings that were recorded by architectural historians and/or other parties.  Some listed buildings derive from published or unpublished sources.  Included information is variable, given different recording methods used, but includes (as known): the building’s name, DHR file reference, location by county, construction material, date, dimensions, and other architectural qualities.

Excel Spreadsheet:  “Archaeological Site Forms Database 4-24-08”

This listing of 137 archaeological sites associated with either enslaved or free African American domestic sites pre-dating the Civil War derives from the Data Sharing System (DSS) files of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) in Richmond, Virginia.  These sites largely resulted from public-funded archaeological projects, such as cultural resource management surveys, and all have state site numbers (ID#).  Information provided includes:  location by County, site name or designation, date range, and additional comments.

Excel Spreadsheet:  “NEH-ArchySitesLW-08b”

This listing of 124 slave-related buildings on archaeological sites derives from published articles, technical reports, and information shared between various archaeologists interested in African American studies.  Many of the buildings are from larger excavation projects undertaken by private organizations.  Information provided includes:  State site number (when available); site name; location by county; date range; and then architectural information such as building format and materials, dimensions, and the presence of sub-floor pits.

Excel Spreadsheet:  “MASmixedusebldgs04”

This listing of 136 slave-related buildings derives from the fire insurance policies of the Mutual Assurance Society of Virginia (1796-1865).  “Mixed use” buildings are those that combine domestic slave housing with an outbuilding with one or more other functions, such as a kitchen, smokehouse, office, or stable.  All of the listed buildings are from urban contexts.  Information provided includes:  building type (uses), date of policy, insurance value, location by city, building dimensions, number of stories, and wall and roof materials. 

Excel Spreadsheet:  “MASsepbldgs04”

This listing of 154 slave-related buildings derives from the fire insurance policies of the Mutual Assurance Society of Virginia (1796-1865).  “Separate” buildings are those that had the single function of serving as domestic slave housing.  Period terms such as “Negro quarters” and “Servants” dwelling or house were used, rather than the more familiar slave quarters.  Most of the listed buildings are from urban contexts, although 47 examples are rural. Information provided includes:  building type (uses), date of policy, insurance value, location by city, building dimensions, number of stories, and wall and roof materials.  

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