Welcome to Phantom Pages, Living Parchment, my digital archive created for the “Phantoms of the Past” project at Huron University College. Above is an interactive visualization that maps the antislavery texts found during project research at the Oberlin College Library and Archives, the Clements Rare Book Library at the University of Michigan, the Huron University College Library, the Archives and Regional Collections Centre at Western University, and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

The visualization is influenced by the abolitionist Thomas Clarkson’s illustration in his 1808 book, “The History of the Rise, Progress, and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade by the British Parliament”, in which Clarkson imagines abolition as a complex river system, its various tributaries representing prominent figures in the antislavery movement. My visualization transforms Clarkson’s graphic metaphor into a digital interface for mapping abolitionist works in the 19th century. To view the interesting material features of each text, hover over a pin on the map and click “learn more.”

The “Phantoms of the Past” project is supported by the W. Galen Weston fund for British History at Huron, the RBC Fund for Community-Based Learning at Huron, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the departments of English and Cultural Studies and History at Huron University College.