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Digital Resources for
African American Studies
Explore centuries of African American history, literature, culture, politics and daily life.
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African American Newspapers, Series 1, 1827-1998

  • Titles, drawn from more than 35 states, provide a one-of-a-kind record of African American history, culture and daily life
  • Covers life in the Antebellum South, the Jim Crow Era, the Great Migration, Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights movement, and more
  • Based upon James P. Danky’s monumental bibliography: African-American Newspapers and Periodicals
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African American Newspapers, Series 2, 1835-1956

  • The essential complement to African American Newspapers, Series 1
  • Dramatically increases coverage of this genre, including many rare titles
  • The world’s most comprehensive collection of its kind

African American Periodicals, 1825-1995

  • Explore crucial facets of the African American experience through  170+ wide-ranging periodicals
  • Rare titles—many short-lived and not collected by most libraries—abound with untold stories
  • Based upon James P. Danky’s bibliography African-American Newspapers and Periodicals
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African Americans and Jim Crow, 1883-1922

  • More than 1,000 fully searchable printed works covering the pivotal post-Reconstruction period
  • The most significant works by and about African Americans from the beginning of Jim Crow to post-World War I
  • New perspectives on African-American culture, rights and daily life during a time of segregation and disenfranchisement

African Americans and Reconstruction, 1865-1883

  • Nearly 1,400 fully searchable printed works covering the crucial post-Civil War period in African-American history
  • The most significant works by and about African Americans from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of Jim Crow
  • Fresh insight into the evolution of African-American culture, rights and daily life in a time of hopeful struggle
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Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535-1922

  • One of the world’s preeminent collections for African American studies
  • A vibrant record of African American life across five centuries
  • Available as a single complete collection, or in one or more of ten chronological segments

American Race Relations, 1941-1996

  • The only fully searchable digital archive covering foreign perspectives of American racial issues in the mid-20th century
  • A wealth of unique primary source documents on racial justice from around the world
  • New insight into many of the most important historical events and movements of the last hundred years

The American Slavery Collection, 1820-1922

  • One of the most foundational and wide-ranging topics in American history
  • More than 3,600 printed works about the institution of slavery, all digitized in full color
  • Diverse materials include books, pamphlets, graphic materials, and ephemera
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Black Authors, 1556-1922

  • More than 550 works by authors of African or African American descent
  • A glimpse into the creative efforts of Black authors over three centuries
  • Expertly compiled by the curators of the Afro-Americana Imprints collection

Black Life in America

  • Comprehensive coverage of the African American experience from the early 18th century to the present day
  • Sourced from more than 19,000 American and global news sources, including over 400 current and historical Black publications
  • An easy-to-use online resource—updated daily—for every institution working toward social justice and racial equity

Civil Rights in America

  • The definitive collection of U.S. congressional publications related to American civil rights
  • Coverage spanning the challenges of newly freed enslaved people, women’s suffrage and the achievements of the Civil Rights Movement
  • A fully searchable digital archive offering vast research potential for a breadth of disciplines
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