Agnes Livingstone, Thomas Livingstone, Abdullah Susi, James Chuma, and Horace Waller with David Livingstone’s manuscripts.

One More Voice

Lost Voices from the British Empire's Archives


One More Voice, a work of digital humanities scholarship, focuses on recovering non-European contributions from nineteenth-century British imperial and colonial archives. The name reflects the fact that there is always one more voice to recover from the archives. The non-European contributions take multiple forms and appear in multiple genres, including travel narratives, autobiographies, letters, diaries, testimonies, interviews, treaties, maps, oral histories, genealogies, and vocabularies. One More Voice attempts to offer a critical and systematic evaluation of these rich and diverse materials by using interpretive approaches and digital preservation techniques that expand existing scholarship on the topic. Learn more about our analytical priorities, project design, approach to collaboration, and coding guidelines.

One More Voice has been created and published by members of the Livingstone Online project staff and extends the long-standing ideals of that project in a new direction. We have released the site in an early and as-yet-developing form due to the circumstances created by the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. At a challenging time, the site has given the individuals involved a chance to focus their energies on a topic of interest, while making a positive public contribution. All original critical and critically-edited primary materials are released under a Creative Commons license and are available for immediate use in the classroom, in scholarship by others, and in other educational contexts.

Publication has been made possible by producing new scholarship while applying minimal computing principles and adapting open-access code and digital tools from other relevant projects. Given these affordances, however, the project contributors recognize that there is considerable room for improvement in our work. We are actively searching for new collaborators, especially scholars and students whose backgrounds link them to areas that historically fell under the sway of the British Empire in the nineteenth century. If interested, please contact us.