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Library resources to support research and inquiry into African-American history, culture, and experience.

Black History Research and Inquiry

Every February is observed as Black History Month in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.  It began in 1926 as Negro History Week, promoted by Carter G. Woodson and colleagues.  It was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation's bicentennial year.(1)  

The J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library actively collects books, journals and other information resources in the area of African-American history, culture and experience.  Below is a selected listing of some resources.  Please contact library staff or faculty if you have any questions, need research assistance, or have any suggestions.  Also see our Africa and African-American Research Guide.  

1. Bracks, L. L. and Bracks, L. L. (2009). Black history month/negro history week (Est. 1926). In J. Smith & L. Wynn, Freedom facts and firsts: 400 years of the African American civil rights experience. Canton, MI: Visible Ink Press. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.loyno.edu/login?url=http://literati.credoreference.com/content/entry/vipfff/black_history_month_negro_history_week_est_1926/0 

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Books in the Monroe Library

Be sure to use our online catalog by subject for print books.  Look up the many headings beginning with "African Americans" or authors like James Baldwin, W.E.B. DuBois or Zora Neale Hurston,  Search topics related to the subject African Americans: 

  • Africans--United States
  • Blacks--United States
  • Ethnology--United States
  • Africa--Civilization--African American influences
  • Associations, institutions, etc.--African American membership 
  • School boards--African American membership
  • Social work with African Americans
  • United States--Civilization--African American influences

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