Reference Resources for an African American Studies Center
Diane C Thompson
This resource is in partial fulfillment of the requirements for ILS504 Reference Materials and Services, Spring 2010-Professor Elsie Okobi
This purpose of this pathfinder is to provide a selection of online resources for a special collection focusing on African American Studies.
Black Literature Index
The Black Literature Index provides access to over 70,000 bibliographic citations for fiction, poetry, and literary review published in 110 black periodicals and newspapers between 1827-1940.
Digital Schomburg: African American Women Writers of the 19th century
A digital collection of over 50 published works by 19th-century black women writers.
Twentieth-Century African American Poetry
A database of modern and contemporary African American poetry, featuring almost 9,000 poems by 62 of the most important African American poets of the last century, including Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Imamu Amiri Baraka, Audre Lorde, and Rita Dove.
The African American Mosaic
A Library of Congress guide for studying black history, focusing in particular on colonization, abolition, migrations and the WPA. It taps the library’s collections, including book, periodicals, prints, photographs, music, film, and recorded sound.
Our Shared History: African American Heritage
A site that centralizes National Park Service materials and exhibits on African American history, put together by NPS historians, archeologists, museum curators, and other preservation specialists. Includes information on the Underground Railroad, Frederick Douglass, and Tuskegee Airmen.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
A gateway to the Schomburg Center's resources, with extensive materials on many topics on African American history, including original documents, images, online exhibitions, and details on their extensive collection.
Religion & Spirituality
Documenting the American South: The Church in the Southern Black Community
This wealth of primary sources presents a history of "the way Southern African Americans experienced and transformed Protestant Christianity into the central institution of community life." It includes autobiographies, biographies, church documents, sermons, histories, encyclopedias, and other published materials.
Science & Medicine
African American Women in the Sciences and Related Disciplines
This guide lists sources documenting the contributions of African American women in science, technology, medicine, and related disciplines.
Blacks in the Sciences and Related Disciplines
This guide lists sources documenting the contributions of African Americans in science, technology, medicine, and related disciplines.