History Researcher Combs Cuba for Records

This is a nice story on Assistant Professor David LaFevor’s work with digitizing manuscripts in Cuba.

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The Endangered Archives Programme endeavors to digitize deteriorating documents within communities across the globe. Assistant Professor David LaFevor is part of a team funded by the British Library to work in Latin and South America. View pictures of a recent trip and worship in São João do Carirí, Brazil. (Photo by David LaFevor) The Endangered Archives Programme endeavors to digitize deteriorating documents within communities across the globe. Assistant Professor David LaFevor is part of a team funded by the British Library to work in Latin and South America. View pictures of a recent trip and workshop in São João do Carirí, Brazil. (Photo by David LaFevor)

A UT Arlington history researcher will spend part of his summer in Cuba, rummaging through dusty church vaults in search of records for millions of Africans forced into the Caribbean region more than 400 years ago.

Assistant Professor David LaFevor (History) is spending three weeks in Cuba and the surrounding area as part of a grant (up to 10,000 pounds or $15,500) from the British Library. He will identify, digitize and catalog documents as part of the Endangered Archives Programme, a project that includes graduate students and professors from universities across the globe.

“We know there are documents…

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