Pulitzer Prize winner and Lapidus Center Advisor Eric Foner reviews Lincoln and the Abolitionists: John Quincy Adams, Slavery, and the Civil War.…
Passing of Anthony Kaye
New Tools for the Transatlantic Slave Trade Database
Stained by Slavery: How Craig Wilder exposed higher education’s past
Muslims Were Banned From the Americas As Early as the 16th Century
Manisha Sinha on “The Underground Railroad”
Beyond The Underground Railroad

Upcoming Programs

The Lapidus Center inaugural conference, “Reckoning With Slavery: New Directions in the History, Memory, Legacy, and Popular Representations of Enslavement” will take…
Behind the Scenes at the NMAAHC


The Lapidus Center offers two long-term fellowships to assist scholars whose research on transatlantic slavery can benefit from extended access to the…
Lapidus Center Fellows

Harriet Tubman Prize

The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery is pleased to announce the third edition of the Harriet Tubman Prize, which…
2017 Harriet Tubman Prize Finalists
Harriet Tubman Prize
Aisha Finch’s Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba Wins the Lapidus Center’s First Annual Harriet Tubman Prize
2016 Harriet Tubman Prize Finalists

Our Collections

The Lapidus collection is continuously growing. In addition to his first 2014 gift of over 400 rare books and documents, Sid Lapidus…
The Digital Lapidus Collection
Titles Acquired in 2016
Web Research
Photographs and Prints Collection
New Books on Slavery
Archive & Manuscript Collections


New ideas, enlightening conversations, cutting-edge research, tomorrow’s trends: it’s all here in the Lapidus Center podcast series. Listen to our visiting scholars as…

Past Programs

Thursday August 3, 2017 @ 6:30pm Dutch rule in New Amsterdam and New Netherland (1609-1664) was short in comparison to other colonial…
Afro-Iberians in the Spanish Empire, 1500s and 1600s
Slavery, Universities, Inner Cities
Black Music Month in Argentina and Uruguay
Black Colonists: The African History of the Early Spanish Caribbean
Atlantic Slaveries: Native American and African Slavery in New England and the Caribbean
Slavery and Globalization in Arabia

From Our Blog

By Sylviane A. Diouf, Director of the Lapidus Center. Another African Burial Ground was officially “discovered” in New York City in January…

Online Exhibitions

In May or June 1613, Jan Rodrigues, a free sailor from Hispaniola (in what is today the Dominican Republic), who worked for…
The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World
In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience
Revisiting Rebellion: Nat Turner in the American Imagination
The African Burial Ground
The Abolition of the Slave Trade: The Forgotten Story
Lest We Forget: The Triumph Over Slavery