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15 January 1744. A slight breeze is troubling the surface of the water on the Shama trading post on the West African Coast.


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The Prize Papers Project

The Project

Learn about the Prize Papers project

What is the Prize Papers collection?

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The Prize Papers Project

What we do. A brief introduction to our work.

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Books and articles on the collection, published by the Prize Papers Team


Exciting Discovery

This page shows you some exciting discoveries, that our Team has come across during their work.

The stories

Explore some of the stories you can unearth in the Prize Papers collection

The many bad decisions of Philip Walsh

Follow the brief, and rather unpleasant, career of a 17th century sailor

Not the master of the house.

Follow French Canadian colonist Louise Dupont, née Deschemins, through a year of separation from her travelling husband

A moment in the life of an unknown baby boy.

The trade in enslaved people at the West African coast in 1744.

The People

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The Advisory Board

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Project Partners

The Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities

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Find out about conferences, expos and workshop opportunities.

Workshop: The Prize Papers - Research Themes, Ideas, Methods, October 2019

Workshop: The Materiality of (Archival) Documents - an exploratory workshop into the Prize Papers II, June 2019

Workshop: The Materiality of (Archival) Documents I, December 2018

Workshop: Thinking outside the box(es) and beyond the Horizon, September 2018

Workshop: Cooperation with the Southern Netherlandish Prize Papers Project, August 2018

Akademientag 2018 in Berlin, June 2018

Die Prize Papers bei "Der Norden liest", Literaturhaus Hamburg

Die Prize Papers bei der Göttinger Nacht des Wissens 2019

The Prize Papers Lunch Talks

Program of the Prize Papers Lunchtalk for the Wintersemester 2021/22

Prize Papers Portal


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