Africana Studies

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Coverage: 1827-1855

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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A collection of 52 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.

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Current and historical information on the ANC and South African politics and government. For historical documents arranged by theme, select the Documents tab and then Collections.

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Coverage: 1986-present

Index of English language materials on African women, including books, articles, government documents, theses, conference papers, and videos. In most cases, only brief bibliographic citations are provided, but a few citations include links to full text.

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A collection of stock arrangements for bands or small orchestras of popular songs written by African Americans. Also includes digitized sets of parts and pre-1923 recordings for selected arrangements, songs, and composers.

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Database indexing journals that cover Africana studies. Each title is indexed from its first day of publication. In most cases, only brief bibliographic citations are provided, but a few citations include links to full text.

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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.

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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.

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Collection of African myths. From Oxford University Press.

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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.

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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.

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Collection of ethnographic films for the study of human culture and behavior. "Covers every region of the world and features the work of many of the most influential documentary filmmakers of the 20th century."

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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.

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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.

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Coverage: 1907-1984

Index of major journals in the humanities and social sciences

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Detailed data on trans-Atlantic slaving voyages from the 16th through 19th centuries.

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Streaming collection of feature films spanning the silent era through contemporary international cinema. Covers classic and contemporary cinema from Africa, Asia (primarily China, Japan, and India), Europe (including Soviet films), Latin America, and the Middle East.