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Background Information

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
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Bibliography

Harvard Guide to African-American History
Print Location: Burling Ref E185 .H326 2001

Maps

Old Maps Online
An online portal to digitized historical maps. 

Newspapers

Ethnic NewsWatch Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
Full text of newspapers published by U.S. ethnic communities including African American, Arabic, Asian, Filipino, Finnish, Greek, Hispanic, Italian, Jewish, Native American, Pacific Islander, Russian, and more.

Databases

LexisNexis Academic Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
Provides access to a wide range of full-text content for news, business, legal, and reference information. Particularly strong in legislative, government, corporate, financial, and demographic information, as well as market research and industry reports.
Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 Restricted Resource
Provides indexing of general-interest periodicals published in the United States, including full coverage of the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature. Reflects the history of the 20th century, offering access to information about history, culture, and seminal developments across nine decades.
America: History and Life with Full Text Restricted Resource
Indexes 2,000 journals published worldwide covering the history of the United States and Canada. Includes some full text. Coverage includes articles, book and media reviews, and abstracts of dissertations.
Historical Abstracts with Full Text Restricted Resource
Covers world history after 1450, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Includes articles from over 2,000 journals, books, collections, and dissertations and offers full-text access to many resources.
JSTOR Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Digital repository of complete full-text backfiles of several hundred scholarly journals in the Arts & Sciences, Health & General Sciences, and Ecology & Botany, except for the most recent two to five years.
PAIS International Restricted Resource
1915-present. Index of scholarly and non-scholarly articles, books, government documents, reports, and more, covering global public policy and social issues, from the Public Affairs Information Service.
Project MUSE Restricted Resource
Access to the full text of approximately 350 scholarly electronic journals in the arts & humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.

Print Indexes

Index to Black Periodicals
Print reference book that provides indexing to African American periodicals of general and scholarly interest.

Historical Newspapers and Magazines

African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
A subset of America's Historical Newspapers, created from the most extensive African American newspaper archives in the United States. Beginning with Freedom's Journal (NY), the first African American newspaper published in the United States, the titles in this collection include The Colored Citizen (OH), Rights of All (NY), Wisconsin Afro-American, New York Age, Virginia Journal and Alexandria Advertiser, Richmond Planet, Cleveland Gazette, The Appeal (MN), and hundreds of others from every region of the U.S.
America's Historical Newspapers Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
1690-1922. Electronic editions-of-record for local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers compiled in a single database. Paid ads are excluded.
Poole's Index to Periodical Literature
Print Location: 4th Floor East Wall
Print reference work that indexes dozens of popular and scholarly periodicals of the 19th century.

Historical Texts

Google Book Search
Provides full-text of many books no longer under copyright, and allows searching of the contents of many more titles.

Biographical Information

African American National Biography
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor E185.96 .A4466 2008

Data and Statistics

Historical Statistics of the United States: Earliest Times to the Present Restricted Resource Resource contains quantitative data
A fully searchable and downloadable electronic database of quantitative facts of American history, covering topics such as economics, education, government, international migration, law, natural resources, religion, sociology, and trade.
International Historical Statistics: The Americas, 1750-2000
Print Location: Burling Reference HA 175 .M55 2003

Images

AP Images (Associated Press) Restricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
Constantly updated, AP Images provides access to millions of primary source photos from 1825 to the present. Also provides audio, video, graphics, and interactives. This database may be used for educational purposes only.

Reference Resources

Encyclopedia of African American History 1619-1895
Print Location: Burling Ref E185 .E545 2006
An encyclopedia covering topics from the colonial period through the age of Frederick Douglass.

Government Information

U.S. Congressional Serial Set Restricted Resource
1817-1994. Online access to the reports, documents, and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, with numerous images and statistical tables. Print version, approximately 13,800 bound volumes, available upon request.

Primary Sources

Black Abolitionist Papers Restricted Resource
1830-1865. A primary-source collection that details the work of African Americans to abolish slavery in the United States prior to the Civil War through approximately 15,000 articles, documents, manuscripts, proceedings, correspondence, and literary works created by nearly 300 Black abolitionists across North America and Europe.
Blues, Black Vaudeville, and the Silver Screen, 1912-1930s
"The online collection consists of selected correspondence, financial records, contracts, and advertising materials from the Douglass Theatre's records in the Middle Georgia Archives' Charles Henry Douglass business records, and it documents the amusements available to Macon's African American population and the business dealings of this African American entrepreneur from 1912 to the 1930s."
Born in Slavery
Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves. This online collection is a joint presentation of the Manuscript and Prints and Photographs Divisions of the Library of Congress and includes more than 200 photographs from the Prints and Photographs Division that are now made available to the public for the first time. Born in Slavery was made possible by a major gift from the Citigroup Foundation.
Documenting the American South
A collection of oral histories documenting the Civil Rights era in the Southern U.S.
From Slavery to Freedom: African American Pamphlet Collection
From the Library of Congress, this is a collection of "396 pamphlets from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, published from 1822 through 1909, by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics. The materials range from personal accounts and public orations to organizational reports and legislative speeches. Among the authors represented are Frederick Douglass, Kelly Miller, Charles Sumner, Mary Church Terrell, and Booker T. Washington."
Special Collections and Archives (Iowa Room)
Contains primary source material including letters by abolitionists, a copy of a bill of sale of a young boy, information about John Brown's visit to Grinnell and other resources.
Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 Restricted Resource
Database of primary source documents from women's reform organizations such as the Women's Trade Union League, the National Association of Colored Women, Henry Street and Hull House settlements, and the National Women's Party.
Women Working, 1800-1930
Online collection of primary source materials focusing on women's role in the United States economy, selected from Harvard University's library and museum holdings. Topics include commerce, costs of living, health and hygiene, home life, recreation, social issues, working conditions, and workplace regulations.

Web sites

American Memory
Provides information on, and access to, the digitized version of the Library of Congress' primary-source collections on American history and culture, including photographs, documents, sound recordings, and motion pictures.
Folkstreams.net
Building a national preserve of documentary films about American folk or roots culture. Produced by independent filmmakers, these hard-to-find films give voice to the arts and experience of diverse American groups.
African-American Mosaic
A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History & Culture
Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed
This site "includes an online encyclopedia of hundreds of famous and lesser known figures in African American history, Global African history and specifically the history of African Americans in the West. BlackPast.org also has full text primary documents and major speeches of black activists and leaders from the 18th Century to the present."
Harlem History
"Harlem History presents a wealth of archival treasures and scholarship from Columbia about the history of one of the world's most famous and influential neighborhoods."
Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia
Located at Ferris State University, this museum seeks to collect, exhibit and preserve objects and collections related to racial segregation, civil rights and anti-Black caricatures and to promote the scholarly examination of historical and contemporary expressions of racism.
Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database Restricted Resource
Contains information on almost 35,000 slave voyages and related topics.

Style and Citation Guides

Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: Chicago/Turabian Style
This style guide contains information on the Chicago Manual of Style method of document formatting and citation. These resources follow the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, which was issued in September 2010.
RefWorks
Online research management, writing, and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store, and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.
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