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African American Studies Subject Guide


General Resources

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

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

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

Black firsts 4,000 ground-breaking and pioneering historical events
African American achievements.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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]

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

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

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

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

Primary Documents

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

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


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

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


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, 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

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.


Black Grooves


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.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking series. Using video clips from The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, this collection of lesson plans addresses a wide range of themes of the African-American experience from 1500 to the present.

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.

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.

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.

Been Here So Long - Selections from the WPA American Slave Narratives
Selection of slave narratives collected by the Works Progress Administration during the 1930s available in print format and sound files.

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.

The web version of this document can be found online at American Studies