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The images are arranged in eighteen categories. These categories serve as rough guides to the contents of the collection, but the categories are not mutually exclusive. For example, an image categorized under "marketing" may also contain images of "free people of color," and an image found under "urban scenes" may also contain materials appropriate to the category of "miscellaneous occupations."

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Maps: Africa, New World, Slave Trade
Pre-Colonial Africa: Society, Polity, Culture
Capture of Slaves & Coffles in Africa
European Forts & Trading Posts in Africa
Slave Ships & the Atlantic Crossing (Middle Passage)
Slave Sales & Auctions: African Coast & the Americas
New World Agriculture & Plantation Labor
Plantation Scenes, Slave Settlements & Houses
Domestic Servants & Free People of Color
Miscellaneous Occupations & Economic Activities
Marketing & Urban Scenes
Music, Dance, & Recreational Activities
Family Life, Child Care, Schools
Religion & Mortuary Practices
Military Activities & U.S. Civil War
Physical Punishment, Rebellion, Running Away
Emancipation & Post-Slavery Life
Portraits & Illustrations of Individuals