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The library has a growing collection of material relating to African-American history and culture. In addition to searching the library catalog for full-length books and printed primary sources, and JumpStart for secondary source journal articles, you can use the following specialized databases to locate additional sources.
Secondary Sources in African-American History
Oxford African American Studies Center (AASC)
Provides articles from Africana; the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895; the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present; Black Women in America, Second Edition; and the African American National Biography. Also contains resources from Oxford's reference program, including the Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature, the Oxford Companion to Black British History, and selected articles from other major reference titles. Full-Text. Coverage: contains primary sources.
Primary Sources in African-American History
The databases listed below will help you find primary sources on African-American history, though you should also use the other techniques found on the Primary Sources page.
African American Archives
Original historical documents pertaining to the history of African Americans, mostly in the United States, but also from the Colonial era and the West Indies. Gift of Robert J. Weinstein, Dickinson College class of 1941. Coverage: contains primary sources.
African American Historical Serials Collection
Includes newspapers and magazines, and reports and annuals from various African American organizations, including churches and social service agencies. Developed in conjunction with the American Theological Library Association (ATLA). Gift of Robert J. Weinstein, Dickinson College class of 1941. Coverage: 1816-1922, contains primary sources. Full text.
Black Abolitionist Papers
This database details the extensive work of African Americans to abolish slavery in the United States prior to the Civil War. Presents the massive, international impact of African American activism against slavery, in the writings and publications of the activists themselves. The approximately 15,000 articles, documents, correspondence, proceedings, manuscripts, and literary works of almost 300 Black abolitionists show the full range of their activities in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, France and Germany. Coverage: 1830-1865, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century (History Vault)
Includes Federal Government Records, and Organizational and Personal Papers, Part 1. Has documents such as FBI and White House files, and the papers of activists such as Bayard Rustin and Mary McLeod Bethune. history vault also includes collections of NAACP Papers. Coverage Range: 20th century, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
Black Studies in Video
Features award-winning documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage surveying the evolution of black culture in the United States. Includes films covering history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations. May be used for on-campus showings by student groups and co-curricular programs for which no admission is charged. Coverage: 20th century to present, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
Law and Society since the Civil War: American Legal Manuscripts from the Harvard Law School Library (History Vault)
Collections highlight three Supreme Court Justices, the first Black federal judge, high-profile cases, and insights into developing ideologies and laws , as far back as 1861 with the Papers of Oliver Wendell Holmes, which span from the Civil War to the Great Depression. The Papers of Louis D. Brandeis and Felix Frankfurter provide a behind-the-scenes view of the Supreme Court between 1919 and 1961. The Frankfurter Papers reveal how the Supreme Court approached the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Coverage: contains primary sources.
NAACP Papers (History Vault)
Four collections included in the History Vault database of primary sources that document the organization and major campaigns of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Covers topics such as education, voting, court cases, lynching, segregation and discrimination complaints. Coverage: 1910s-1970s, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
Slavery & Abolition Resource Center
Contains books and pamphlets reflecting both sides of the American slavery debate. Includes first person narratives, legal proceedings and decisions, anti-slavery tracts, religious sermons, and early secondary works. Citations Only. Coverage: contains primary sources. Full text.
Slavery and the Law (History Vault)
Part of History Vault primary document collections. Includes petitions to county courts and legislatures in Southern states, state slavery statutes, and period overviews of slavery in the courts. Coverage Range: 1770s to 1865, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
Southern Life & African American History, 1775-1915, Plantations Records (History Vault)
Plantation records document the business and culture of plantations in various parts of the South. They include lists of slaves, records of bills and receipts, wills and other financial and personal documents. Coverage: contains primary sources. Full-Text.
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