Friday, July 13, 2012

Diving Into. . .

File Box 1, File No. 1.2:
Watson, Alan D. African Americans in Early North Carolina: A Documentary History. Raleigh: Office of Archives and History, North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources, 2005.

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The Contents page lists the following chapters:

Slavery and Slave Trade
Slaves: Property, Labor, and              Emancipation
The Slave Code
Resistance to Slavery
Discipline and Punishment
Urban Slavery
Free African Americans

I also photocopied the Sources Cited.

When photocopying directly from book sources I always photocopy:
  1. the title page,
  2. the bibliographical information page,
  3. the table of contents, and
  4. pertinent parts of the index.
  5. When searching the index, I highlight the pages containing keywords that relate to my research; but then, I check to see if there is relevant contextual information before and after the keyword. Sometimes it may be only a paragraph or so before or after. . . other times it could be additional pages, or even a chapter en total.
  6. Then, I make a notation on the bottom left-hand corner of the title page with the name of the repository where I found the source, the catalog number, and any other notes. The notation on this source: suggested for purchase?
Four years after collecting this source information, 
I discovered that I had already checked most
of the bibliographical sources related to my research!

Additional Sources:

Boyd, William K., ed. William Byrd's Histories of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina. Raleigh: North Carolina Historical Commission, 1929.

Carroll, Grady L., ed. Francis Asbury in North Carolina: The North Carolina Portions of the Journal of Francis Asbury. Nashville, Tenn.: Parthenon Press, 1964.

Commissioners' Minutes, Town of New Bern. North Carolina State Archives, Office of Archives and History, Raleigh.

Craven County, Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions. North Carolina State Archives, Office of Archives and History, Raleigh.

Hening, William Waller, ed. The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia. 13 vols., 2d ed. Philadelphia: the editor, by Thomas Desilver, 1820-1823.

(Highlighted sources need to be investigated further in person at the State Archives.)

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