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Black History Month: Electronic information resources
Library resources to support research and inquiry into African-American history, culture, and experience.
An international archive of over 5 million pages from books, magazines, manuscripts, court records, and reference materials on slavery, the anti-slavery movement, and emancipation. Each of the four parts can be searches separately. Covers the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, and other regions.
Primary documents and writing on pre-20th Century slavery, primarily in the United States. Includes periodicals, statutes, court cases, articles, University of North Carolina Press books, and a bibliography. Made public for the general good by Hein Online.
Library of Congress and National Archives
The Library of Congress and the National Archives have a vast wealth of freely available resources on Black history, African Americans, Africa, enslaved people, and the lives, cultures, and struggles of African Americans. The following collections contain images, documents, and sound files important to national U.S. American identities.
The exhibition The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship, showcases the incomparable African American collections of the Library of Congress. Displaying more than 240 items, including books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings, this is the largest black history exhibit ever held at the Library, and the first exhibition of any kind to feature presentations in all three of the Library's buildings.
“African American Perspectives” gives a panoramic and eclectic review of African American history and culture and is primarily comprised of two collections in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress: the African American Pamphlet Collection and the Daniel A.P. Murray Collection with a date range of 1822 through 1909.