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Research Guides

American Ethnic Studies: African American

Resources for beginning research in American Ethnic Studies.

African American Studies Centers

Selected list of Research Centers for the study of African American culture and history.

Primary Sources

A document or physical object written or created during the time under study.  Examples: news articles, letters, correspondence, interviews, company reports, advertisements, event notices, government legislation, etc.

Selected Online, Print, & Web Resources - African Americans

Provides historical and current information on African American politics, society and culture. The online version is
[UW restricted].
Reference content, primary documents, and media illustrating the history and culture of the African American community.
African American Song collection contains a diverse range of genres such as jazz, blues, gospel, ragtime, folk songs, and narratives, among others.
A Bibliography of materials in the UC Berkeley Library on African Americans in the movies.
Provides over 3500 headword entries and 2 million words of text. One thousand illustrations including maps and photographs are also included. Extended essays on principal themes by world-renowned scholars.
A book of lists featuring people, places, times, and events that have shaped Black culture.
Provides entries covering culture, movements and historical periods, groups and organizations, politics, and occupations.
Provides more than 400 biographies of authors, critics, literary characters, and historical figures, and 150 plot summaries of major works. An earlier edition is available in paper in Suzzallo Library
This database covers the work of 54 African-American poets writing in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
2,300 entries covering all aspects of the African-American experience from 1619 to the present day.
Two-volume encyclopedia explores how the foundations of African American culture have influenced today’s society. Aphabetically arranged essays on numerous topics.
Provides analysis of the economic, political, sociological, historical, literary, and philosophical issues related to Americans of African descent.
The Encyclopedia is arranged from A-Z and consists of 639 entries by over 260 leading historians, scholars, artists, and writers, from 500 to 5,000 words and include useful bibliographies for suggestions for further reading and research. Extensive cross-references for each entry guiding the reader to related topics are included.
Provides 800 alphabetically arranged articles on writers, their works, periodicals, editors, publishers, critics, and related topics.
Topical list of over 1000 articles that provide coverage of the foundations, development, and proliferation of African American literature, from the colonial period to the present.