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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

  • African American almanac
  • Provides historical and current information on African American politics, society and culture. The online version is
    [UW restricted].
  • African American experience
  • Reference content, primary documents, and media illustrating the history and culture of the African American community.
  • African American Song [UW restricted]
  • African American Song collection contains a diverse range of genres such as jazz, blues, gospel, ragtime, folk songs, and narratives, among others.
  • Encyclopedia of African American society
  • Two-volume encyclopedia explores how the foundations of African American culture have influenced today’s society. Aphabetically arranged essays on numerous topics.
  • Encyclopedia of Black studies [UW restricted]
  • Provides analysis of the economic, political, sociological, historical, literary, and philosophical issues related to Americans of African descent.
  • Encyclopedia of the Harlem renaissance
  • 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.
  • Oxford Bibliographies - African American Studies
  • Oxford Bibliographies in African American Studies provides bibliographic articles that identify, organize, cite, and annotate scholarship on key areas of African American Studies—culture, politics, law, history, society, religion, and economics.