Fall 2017


The first semester of The Penn & Slavery Project's research was dedicated to researching the connections between the university and the institution of slavery through Ownership. The research was conducted at the University of Pennsylvania Archives, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Students also researched tax records from the Pennsylvania Tax & Exoneration Records, hosted by the Ancestry Library. With these resources, students found records suggesting that several 18th-Century trustees and faculty members benefitted from the slave trade through the sale and ownership of slaves. Read the student research reports from the Fall of 2017:

Caitlin Doolittle Student Report

VanJessica Gladney Student Report

Dillon Kersh Student Report

Brooke Krancer Student Report

Matthew Palczynski Student Report

Dr. Alexis Broderick Neumann Report


With a semester of research complete, the undergraduate researchers presented their findings to the University History Department, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, and the Museum of the American Revolution. View the Fall 2017 Presentation Slides.

Fall 2017