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African-American History

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Online Primary Sources

African American Migration Experience

Presents images, texts and maps that explore "thirteen defining migrations that formed and transformed African America" from 1450 to the present.

African American Women Writers of the 19th Century

A digital collection of 52 published works by 19th-century black women writers. A part of the Digital Schomburg, this collection provides access to the thought, perspectives and creative abilities of black women as captured in books and pamphlets published prior to 1920.

African-American Mosaic

Material for the study of African American history and culture. Examines colonization, abolition, migration and the WPA (Works Progress Administration).

Africans in America

Examines "America's journey through slavery" with historical documents. Primary source material is linked under "Resource Bank" in each of the four parts.

Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record

An image collection, with most dating from the period of slavery, that depicts the experiences of Africans who were enslaved and transported to the Americas and the lives of their descendants in the slave societies of the New World.

Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South

A selection of 100 oral history interviews, with transcripts, chronicling African American life during the age of legal segregation in the American South, from the 1890s to the 1950s. Interviews are browsable by state, interviewee name, gender and occupation.

Booker T. Washington Online Resources

Thirteen volumes (plus an index) of Washington's papers. Volume 1 contains the autobiographical works.

Brown vs. Board of Education Archive

Includes documents and photographs detailing the events surrounding the historic case of Brown v. Board of Education.

Digital Public Library of America: African Americans

Includes images, texts, and sound/video clips.

Duluth Lynchings Online Resource

Scanned documents relating to the 1920 lynchings in Minnesota.

Freedom Summer Project

A large selection of items that document Freedom Summer, a nonviolent effort by civil rights activists to integrate Mississippi's segregated political system during 1964.

The Geography of Slavery in Virginia

Primarily a collection of advertisements, published in Virginia during the 18th- and 19th century, for runaway and captured slaves and servants. Additional related material included.

Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition

Online document collection with over 200 individual items, including speeches, letters, cartoons and graphics, interviews, and articles.

Hip Hop Archive

The Hiphop Archive focuses on the knowledge, art, culture, materials, organizations, movements and institutions developed by those who support and follow Hiphop. Located at W.E.B. Dubois Institute for Afro-American Research.

Historical African American Newspapers Available Online

Provides a list of historical African American Newspapers available online as part of digitization projects at libraries and historical societies as well as digitization projects done by Google. Browse by title, time period, or geographic area.

Historical Publications of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Presents official records of the Commission from 1957 to the present.

Images of African Americans from the 19th Century

A selection of images of 19th-century African Americans. The site is searchable, and collections may be browsed by topic (e.g. civil war, family, politics, religion, slavery).

Integrating Ole Miss : A Civil Rights Milestone

Presents scanned images of letters, court documents and other pieces related to the 1962 integration of the University of Mississippi.

Jack Rabin Collection on Alabama Civil Rights and Southern Activists

Compilation of documents, sound recordings, and visual images. Includes filmed interview of Stokely Carmichael in Montgomery; 450 photographs created by the Subversive Unit of the Investigative and Identification Division of the Alabama Department of Public Safety in the course of sit-ins, demonstrations, and marches in several Alabama cities during the early to mid-1960s; and surveillance tapes preserving speeches made at an anniversary of the Montgomery Improvements Association in 1963.

Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers Project

Volumes on the life and work of Marcus Garvey throughout the history of his Pan Africanist movement.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute

The King Institute presents primary and secondary source material from and about MLK. Includes speeches, sermons and photographs. Also has the full audio recording of the "I Have a Dream" speech.

North American Slave Narratives

"Books and articles that document the individual and collective story of African Americans struggling for freedom and human rights in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. This collection includes all the existing autobiographical narratives of fugitive and former slaves published as broadsides, pamphlets, or books in English up to 1920."

Rosa Parks Papers

This collection documents many aspects of Parks's private life and public activism on behalf of civil rights for African Americans.

Slavery and Abolition in the US: Select Publications

A digital collection of books and pamphlets that demonstrate the varying ideas and beliefs about slavery in the United States as expressed by Americans throughout the nineteenth century.

Slaves and the Courts

More than 100 pamphlets and books (1772-1889) from the Library of Congress on the experiences of African and African-American slaves in the colonies and the US: an assortment of trials and cases, reports, arguments, accounts, etc.


Aggregates collections of primary source material - from libraries, archives, and cultural heritage organizations - that document African American history and culture.

Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture: A Multi-Media Archive

Includes text of the novel; responses to the novel by the press, African Americans and slavery proponents; and topically-related texts that predate publication of the novel.

Voices Remembering Slavery: Freed People Tell Their Stories

Interviews of 23 individuals born into slavery between 1823 and the early 1960s, recorded between 1932 and 1975. Includes transcripts and streaming audio of the recordings.

Who Speaks for the Negro?

Digital archive of materials related to the book of the same name, published by Robert Penn Warren in 1965. Warren traveled throughout the United States in early 1964 and spoke with those involved in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. The archive consists of sound recordings of each interviewee, as well as print materials related to the project. All of the print materials appear on the website in two versions: an image of the original document which is not searchable and a re-transcribed document which is searchable.