Major Research Tools

Accessible Archives: African American Newspapers

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Coverage: 1827-1855

Full text of African American newspapers from the 19th century.


Africa Portal

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Resources on policy-related issues in Africa. The "library" section includes full-text books, articles and documents on Africa.


Africa South of the Sahara

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Gateway to online resources about Africa. The annotated links are grouped by region, country, or topic and may also be searched by keyword.


African American Communities

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Primary source material on race relations across social, political, cultural and religious arenas from the mid-nineteenth century through the twentieth century. Focuses primarily on New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and North Carolina.


African American Newspapers, 1827-1998

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Collection of digitized African American newspapers from more than 35 states.

African Newspapers, Series 1 & 2, 1800-1925

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Collection of digitized newspapers from 21 countries across Africa during the years 1800-1925, covering "repercussions of the Atlantic slave trade, life under colonial rule and the results of the Berlin Conference to the emergence of Black journalism, the Zulu Wars and the rejection of Western imperialism." Mostly in English, but other languages include Afrikaans, French, German, Malagasy, Portuguese, Sotho, Tswana, Xhosa, and Zulu.


Dictionary of African Biography

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Biographical information on the men and women who shaped Africa's history from earliest times to the present.


Ebony Magazine Archive

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1945-2014

Digitized full-text archive of Ebony, the seminal magazine with an African-American focus on culture, politics, civil rights, business, education, and fashion. Includes the iconic cover pages and advertisements in addition to full text articles.


Encyclopedia of Africa

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Encyclopedia covering the history, politics, and culture of African countries.


Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought

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Encyclopedia on the intellectual tradition of Africa and the African diaspora. Covers trends in African philosophy, political theory, and religion, as well as significant historical figures and social movements.


Oxford Islamic Studies Online

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Collection of works on Islam and the Islamic world. Includes scholarly encyclopedia articles, Qur'anic materials, and primary sources.


Slavery, Abolition, and Social Justice

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Coverage: 1490-2007
Vast collection of documents relating to the global slave trade and subsequent abolition efforts and social justice movements. Documents include manuscripts, court records, maps, lists of slaves and ships' logs, books, statistics, and many types of images.

Other Suggested Research Tools

African American Perspectives

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Collection of 351 pamphlets by African Americans and others from the Library of Congress's Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907. The bulk of the material was published between 1875 and 1900 and includes public orations, organization records, personal narratives, legal documents, and literary works. Topics covered include segregation, voting rights, violence against African Americans, and the colonization movement.


African American Women Writers of the 19th Century

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A collection of 41 works providing “access to the thought, perspectives and creative abilities of black women as captured in books and pamphlets published prior to 1920.” A project from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Digital Schomburg of the New York Public Library.


African Online Digital Library

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Gateway to web site with primary sources, particularly multimedia sources, on African history.


Apartheid South Africa 1948-1980

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British government files covering the inception and implementation of apartheid by Daniel Malan, the strengthening of policies by Hendrik Verwoerd and the eventual destabilisation of the system under P. W. Botha.


Black Abolitionist Archive

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Collection of abolitionist speeches by antebellum blacks and editorials from the period.


BlackPast.org: Remembered and Reclaimed

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Collection of primary and secondary sources on African American history plus links to digital archives and other African American history sites.


Caribbean History and Culture, 1535-1920

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Digital collection of over 1,200 books, pamphlets, almanacs, broadsides and ephemera covering the history of the Caribbean Islands. Can be searched or browsed by subject, genre, place of publication, language, etc.


Civil Rights Digital Library

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Gateway to primary sources on the civil rights movement in the U.S., including films, oral histories, government documents, and editorial cartoons.


Civil Rights Documentation Project Oral History Transcripts

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Collection of oral histories documenting the civil rights movement from the Tougaloo College Archives in Mississippi. Transcripts include biographical information and tables of contents.


Confidential Print: Africa, 1834-1966

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Collection of the most important papers generated by the British Foreign and Colonial Offices relating to Africa. Covers the whole modern period of European colonization of the continent from the British Government’s perspective.


Digital National Security Archive

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Collections of declassified documents covering US policy decisions around nuclear escalation and non-proliferation, the space race and military uses of space, and the Cuban missile crisis. Also includes collections of documents covering US foreign policy in relation to: Argentina; China; Colombia; Cuba; Mexico; South Africa; and North and South Korea.


Digital Schomburg

Full-Text, Gateway, Visual Resource

Digital Schomburg from the New York Public Library provides access to online exhibitions, books, articles, photographs, prints, audio and video streams, and selected external links for research in the history and cultures of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora.


Diversity & Tolerance in the Islam of West Africa

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This digital library contains archival and research materials such as audio and video interviews, transcripts, photographs, maps, and documents that explore Islamic practices in the West African countries of Senegal and Ghana.


Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress

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Contains approximately 2,000 items (16,000 images) relating to Douglass's life as an escaped slave, abolitionist, editor, orator, and public servant. The papers span the years 1841 to 1964, with the bulk of the material from 1862 to 1895.


From Slavery to Freedom

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Collection of 397 pamphlets published from 1824 through 1909, by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics. The materials from the Library of Congress range from personal accounts and public orations to organizational reports and legislative speeches.


Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective

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Coverage: 1907-1984

Index of major journals in the humanities and social sciences.


Independent Voices

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Open Access collection of over 1,000 alternative press newspapers, magazines, and journals from the 1960s-80s focused on the following series: Feminism; LGBTQ; Ethnicity and Race; Campus/community; GI Press; Small literary magazines; Right-wing press.

Middle Eastern & North African Newspapers

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1902-1972
Growing collection of 15 titles, mainly in Arabic but some English and/or French as well. When complete will cover "the decline of colonialism, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the Suez Crisis, the Cold War, the rise of the petroleum industry, twentieth-century pan-Arab movements, both World Wars, the establishment of the state of Israel, the Iran-Iraq War, and the recent Arab Spring."

Race Relations in America

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Coverage: 1943-1970
Speeches (audio and transcripts), reports, photos, surveys, and other digitized material from the archival collection of the Race Relations Department of the American Missionary Association, whose members included Thurgood Marshall, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many other Civil Rights pioneers.

Slave Voyages

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Detailed data on slaving voyages from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database and the Intra-American Slave Trade Database. Also includes the African Names Database, which provides details of Africans taken from captured slave ships or from African trading sites, and a database of images relating to the slave trade.