02.11.2016

Digitized records convey the story of David Hamilton Jackson

Press release from The Danish National Archives November 2, 2016.

On the occasion of David Hamilton Jackson Day, the Danish National Archives updates its website on the history of the Virgin Islands and adds new material about the life of David Hamilton Jackson. The hope is that researchers will use the recently digitized records to un-cover new information about the civil rights leader.

On November 1, David Hamilton Jackson Day, the Danish National Archives will update its website on the history of the Virgin Islands: www.virgin-islands-history.org.

The website will be updated in terms of design and improved usability, and new material will be added about the life of David Hamilton Jackson – about his family life his life as an educator, newspaper editor, judge, councilman and civil rights leader, as well as his struggle to improve the living conditions of the black population in the Danish West Indies.

The material about David Hamilton Jackson is part of a big digitization project currently being carried out by the Danish National Archives. Recently, a large amount of historic documents from Denmark’s 250 years as a colonial power in the Virgin Islands has been digitized – in total 5 million images, letters, descriptions, and protocols. Next spring, the documents will be made available on the new website to mark the sale of the Virgin Islands to the United States 100 years ago.

“At the Danish National Archives, our job is to preserve historic records and knowledge for the future and make this material available to as many people as possible. Everyone should have the opportunity to explore the knowledge and the stories hidden in the documents. Furthermore, our hope is that researchers from around the world will delve into the digitized records to uncover new information about the shared history of Denmark and the Virgin Islands, including stories about David Hamilton Jackson,” said Erik Gøbel, senior researcher at the Danish National Archives.

From November 1, the new material about David Hamilton Jackson will be available here.

For more information, please contact:

Communications Consultant Julie Avery, the Danish National Archives
+45 41 71 72 41
jav@sa.dk

or

Special Consultant Christina Schønnemann, the Danish National Archives
+45 41 71 72 38
cgs@sa.dk

 

About the centennial of the sale of the Danish West Indies

In 2017, it is 100 years ago that Denmark sold the islands of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix to the United States. As something quite unique, a large amount of historic material from Denmark’s 250 years as a colonial power in the Virgin Islands was preserved.

The Danish National Archives is now making the material available to everyone through a comprehensive digitization of images, letters, descriptions and protocols, which will be made public on this new website: www.virgin-islands-history.org. The project includes historic material equivalent to about 1,300 yards of shelf space, in total 5 million digitized images. Thus, the project is unique, also from an international perspective.

The project was made possible due to a donation from the A. P. Møller Foundation. The digitization of the records is carried out in cooperation with the Danish Ministry of Culture and the Danish National Archives.