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    African American Studies - Subject Guide

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    Sections in this category: General Resources | Biographies | Dictionaries | Encyclopedias | Primary Documents | Statistics

    General Resources

    African American Architects: a Biographical Dictionary, 1865-1945
    Mortensen Library Reference NA736 .A47 2004 Check Status

    African Americans in the Visual Arts
    Mortensen Library Reference N6538.N5 O86 2003 Check Status

    The Art of Black American Women: Works of Twenty-four Artists of the Twentieth Century
    Mortensen Library Reference N6538.N5 H45 1993 Check Status

    Black Firsts
    African American achievements.

    Black Literature Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Most Significant Works of Black Authors Over the Past 200 Years
    Focuses on writers and works published since 1950. The majority of the authors surveyed are African American, but representative African and Caribbean authors are also included.

    Financial Aid for African Americans
    Mortensen Library Reference LB2338 .F5643 and Career Services Shelves LB2338 .F5643 Check Status

    Financial Aid for African Americans
    Mortensen Library Reference LB2338 .F5643 and Career Services Shelves LB2338 .F5643 Check Status

    A Historical Guide to World Slavery
    Mortensen Library Reference HT861 .H59 1998 Check Status

    Ripples of Hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches
    Indispensable compilation of the words that have changed American history.

    The Schomberg Center Guide to Black Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present
    Mortensen Library Reference PN841.B56 V36 1995 Check Status

    Slavery in America: From Colonial Times to the Civil War
    Mortensen Library Reference E441 .S36 2000 Check Status

    St. James Guide to Black Artists
    Mortensen Library Reference N40 .S78 1997 Check Status


    Biographies

    African American Lives
    Mortensen Library Reference E185.96 .A446 2004 Check Status

    African American Women Playwrights: A Research Guide
    Mortensen Library Reference PS153.N5 G29 1999 Check Status

    African Americans in the Visual Arts
    Mortensen Library Reference N6538.N5 O86 2003 Check Status

    An African Biographical Dictionary
    An African Biographical Dictionary provides a wealth of vital information for students of African culture and is an indispensable reference guide for anyone interested in African affairs. Also in print, Mortensen Library Reference DT18 .B76 1994

    African-American Architects: A Biographical Dictionary, 1865-1945
    Mortensen Library Reference NA736 .A47 2004 Check Status

    African-American Writers: A Dictionary
    African American Writers examines a multitude of black cultural leaders from the 18th century to the present.

    Notable Black American Men
    Mortensen Library Reference E185.86 .N68 1999 Check Status


    Dictionaries

    Afro-Latin Rhythm Dictionary
    By Thomas A. Brown. Allen Library Reference [REF ML437 B88 A4] Check Status


    Encyclopedias

    Africa and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History
    Explores the many long-standing influences of Africa and people of African descent on the culture of the Americas

    Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience
    Mortensen Library Reference DT14 .A37435 2005 Check Status

    Black Women in America
    Mortensen Library Reference E185.86 .B542 2005 Check Status

    Civil Rights in the United States
    Mortensen Library Reference E184.A1 C47 2000 Check Status

    Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
    Addresses a wide array of subjects in over 2,300 articles to define in one source the cultural roots, participation in American life, and current condition of the African-American community. Check Status

    Encyclopedia of African-American Writing Five Centuries of Contribution : Trials
    Covers the role and influence of African-American cultural leaders, from all walks of life, from the 17th century to the present.

    Encyclopedia of American Cultural & Intellectual History
    Mortensen Library Reference E169.1 .E624 2001 Check Status

    Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Culture
    Mortensen Library Reference E169.12 .E49 2001 Check Status

    Encyclopedia of Minorities in American Politics
    Mortensen Library Reference E184.A1 E574 2000 Check Status

    Encyclopedia of Multicultural America (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
    Search the full three volumes of the 2nd edition (2000) encyclopedia which presents lengthy essays on ethnic and ethnoreligious groups, including holidays, customs, languages, historical background, settlement patterns, etc. Also provides extensive listings of organizations, research centers, periodicals, etc. and of further readings. UofH only.

    Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
    Search the full five volumes of the 2000 edition encyclopedia which presents signed articles on various aspects of US popular culture. Includes bibliographies, images, etc. UofH only.

    Encyclopedia of Population (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
    Search two volumes of the 2003 Encyclopedia, providing up-to-date coverage of demographic issues and the broad topic of population studies, including population growth, low fertility rates, support for aging populations, environmental impact of dense population, etc. UofH only.

    Encyclopedia of the American Civil War
    Comprehensive reference set on the political, social, and military aspects of the American Civil War.

    Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance
    Mortensen Library Reference [REF PS153.N5 A24 2003] Check Status

    The Malcolm X Encyclopedia
    Mortensen Library Reference BP223.Z8 L571 2002 Check Status

    Oxford Companion to African American Literature
    Mortensen Library Reference PS153.N5 O96 1997 Check Status

    Racial and Ethnic Relations in America
    Mortensen Library Reference E49 .R33 2000 Check Status

    W.E.B. DuBois: An Encyclopedia
    Mortensen Library Reference E185.97.D73 W164 2001 Check Status


    Primary Documents

    Columbia Documentary History of Race and Ethnicity in America
    Mortensen Library Reference E184.A1 C57 2004 Check Status

    Voices of Multicultural America: Notable Speeches Delivered by African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native Americans, 1790-1995
    Mortensen Library Reference PS663.M55 V64 1996 Check Status


    Statistics

    Job Patterns for Minorities & Women in Private Industry
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission requires periodic reports from public and private employers, and unions and labor organizations which indicate the composition of their work forces by sex and by race/ethnic category.

    The Official Guide to Racial and Ethnic Diversity: Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Whites
    Mortensen Library Reference E184.A1 R8 1996 Check Status

    Statistical Handbook on Racial Groups in the United States
    Mortensen Library Reference E184.A1 H417 2000 Check Status


    Academic Search Premier
    Indexing and abstracts for over 8,000 journals in all subject areas, with full text of articles from nearly 4,600. Includes some popular magazines as well as scholarly journals.

    Academic Search Premier
    Indexing and abstracts for over 8,000 journals in all subject areas, with full text of articles from nearly 4,600. Includes some popular magazines as well as scholarly journals.

    FindArticles (Look Smart)
    Searches for articles in approximately 900 magazines and journals. Emphasis on trade publications. Text only - no graphic content available. Some articles available to subscribers or for a fee only.

    Founders Early Access
    The Rotunda Founders Early Access project makes available thousands of unpublished documents from our nationís founders in a free online resource.

    Google Scholar
    Search for scholarly literature across disciplines and sources. Includes peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, etc. Particularly strong in sciences and social sciences. Selected full text. Many links are to publisher's sites which sell access. ON Campus - links to U of H holdings are available. OFF Campus - U of H users should check our holdings and use Interlibrary Services as needed.

    Historical Hartford Courant
    Fully searchable images of America's oldest continuously published newspaper, covering 1764 through 1922. Use ProQuest Newspapers for current (1992- ). No coverage is available between 1923 and 1991. Made available by iCONN.org, the Connecticut Digital Library. Full text available.

    Historical New York Times
    Full images of the complete New York Times from 1851 to 2002. Search by keyword, by date, etc. Images of specific articles or full pages available..

    Humanities Abstracts
    Strong resource index for all aspects of the Humanities including: Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Dance, Film, Folklore, Gender Studies, History, Journalism, Linguistics, Literary & Social Criticism Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Religion and Theology

    In the First Person
    Detailed index to oral history and other first person content, including oral histories, letters, diaries, memoirs and autobiographies that are freely available by following links. Also links to subscription content (not available to UH) Limited content scheduled for regular expansion.

    ProQuest Newspapers
    Search the text of major newspapers including the Boston Globe (1980- ), Christian Science Monitor (1990- ), Hartford Courant (1992- ), Los Angeles Times (1985- ), New York Times (1999- , including the Book Review and Magazine), Wall Street Journal Eastern Edition (1984- ), and Washington Post (1987- ). Full text available.

    ProQuest Newspapers
    Search the text of major newspapers including the Boston Globe (1980- ), Christian Science Monitor (1990- ), Hartford Courant (1992- ), Los Angeles Times (1985- ), New York Times (1999- , including the Book Review and Magazine), Wall Street Journal Eastern Edition (1984- ), and Washington Post (1987- ). Full text available.

    ProQuest Social Science Journals
    ProQuest Social Science Journals is a definitive resource for those who need access to a variety of social science journals. The database includes over 530 titles, with more than 300 available in full text.



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    African American Odyssey (Library of Congress)
    Superb overview of African American history with maps, photographs, and images of primary source documents.

    African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
    A collection of 52 works by African American women reproduced digitally by the Schomburg Center of the New York Public Library. Included are poetry, fiction, biography, autobiography and essays. Searchable by author, title, genre, and keywords in the text.

    African-American Sheet Music, 1850 -1920
    This collection (searchable by subject, composer, publisher, illustrator, and title) provides access to digital images of 1,305 pieces of sheet music at Brown University dating from 1850 through 1920.

    Africans in America
    This site is a searchable history of slavery in the United States, featuring images, historical documents, biographies, and contemporary and modern commentaries. Teacher's guide included.

    AFROameric@: The Afro-American Newspapers Homepage
    Features weekly news updates, news archives, cultural and historical information of interest to the African-American community. Excellent links section with Real Audio for music and speeches.

    Afrocentric Voices
    This site includes research centers and collections featuring or including a significant portion of material by or about African American musicians.

    American Memory Project (Library of Congress)
    Superb collection of American historical links, plus prints, photographic images, and other excellent graphics.

    American Slave Narratives (University of Virginia)
    Selection of slave narratives collected by the Works Progress Administration during the 1930s available in print format and sound files.

    Archives of African American Music and Culture
    Repository of materials at Indiana University covering various musical idioms and cultural expressions from the post-World War II era for study and research. Online publications include Black Grooves and Liner Notes.

    Archives of American Art (Smithsonian Institution)
    A repository of primary materials: letters, diaries, scrapbooks, catalogues,documentation of all kinds. Helpful "How to" box at the top of the screen to allow to search, question, etc.

    Black Film Center/Archive: Internet Resources
    Links to sites dealing with African-Americans behind the camera, as well as in front of it.

    The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords
    Companion to a PBS film. Includes historical information on Black newspapers, biographies of Black journalists, a timeline, and links to more sources.

    Civil Rights Oral History Bibliography (University of Southern Mississippi)
    Extensive interviews with civil rights organizers and others involved in The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi with additional supporting links.

    Exploring Amistad (Mystic Seaport Museum)
    Well-produced web resource on the Amistad Trial, with links to court records, historic maps, timelines, and graphic images.

    From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909 (Library of Congress)
    American Memory Project site from the Library of Congress providing digital documents relating to slavery, Emancipation, and Reconstruction.

    A Guide to Harlem Renaissance Material
    Library of Congress resources on African-American expressions of writing, music and art during the 1920s and 1930s. Links to external Web sites on the subject and bibliography.

    Historical Text Archive: African American History (Mississippi State University)
    Links to archival materials and primary documents relating to the African American experience.

    Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia
    The mission of the museum is to "promote racial tolerance by helping people understand the historical and contemporary expressions of intolerance".

    John Henrik Clarke Africana Library (Cornell University)
    Provides excellent links to African American historical sites, electronic journals, political, and cultural resources.

    Minority Business Development Agency
    Resources to support the growth of minority owned businesses in the US. Includes business listings, online resources, statistics, etc. From US Department of Commerce.

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York Public Library)
    Developing website with excellent links to African and African-American cultural and historical resources including online exhibitions and online multimedia samplers.

    This Far by Faith: African-American Spiritual Journeys
    Companion site to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series that "examines the African-American religious experience through the last three centuries. ... [it] explores the connections between faith and the development of African-American cultural values." Features essays, a timeline, profiles, audio and video clips, show transcripts, and related links.

    The Underground Railroad
    With a time line, classroom ideas, and links to other resources, this website explores the options for slaves in America - taking the chance for freedom on the Underground Railroad or staying on the plantation.

    Voices from the Gaps (University of Minnesota)
    Biographical and bibliographical articles on women writers of color from throughout the US. Searchable in several ways including by ethnic/racial identity.

    W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African-American Research (Harvard University)
    Research projects, events, and publications related to the study of the history, culture, and social institutions of African Americans.

    We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement (National Park Service)
    Detailed resource which chronicles the Civil Rights Movement through lists of historic sites.


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