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African American Studies Centers
Selected list of Research Centers for the study of African American culture and history.
Amistad Research Center
The nation's oldest, largest and most
comprehensive independent archive
specializing in the history of African
Americans and other Ethnic Minorities.
Black Archives Research Center - Florida A&M University
The Carnegie Library at Florida A&M became the founding home of the Black Archives Research Center and Museum. In 1978, Carnegie Library was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The majority of the center’s archival holdings consist of records relating to the history of Africans and African Americans, especially their institutions and organizations.
Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies
The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, founded in 1969 as the Center for Afro-American Studies (CAAS), was renamed after Nobel Prize winner, scholar, activist, and UCLA alumnus Ralph J. Bunche in 2003, in commemoration of the centenary of his birth.
John Hope Franklin Research Center
The John Hope Franklin Research Center is a repository for African and African American studies documentation and an educational outreach division of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Institute for Research in African-American Studies
The Institute for Research in African-American Studies of Columbia University, founded in July 1993 by Dr. Manning Marable, is an academic resource center. The purposes and activities of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies are grounded within the best scholarship of the black intellectual tradition.
King Center for Social Change
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century. Nearly a million people each year make pilgrimage to the National Historic Site to learn, be inspired and pay their respects to Dr. King’s legacy.
The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center
THE MOORLAND-SPINGARN RESEARCH CENTER is recognized as one of the world's largest and most comprehensive repositories for the documentation of the history and culture of people of African descent in Africa, the Americas, and other parts of the world.
Northwest African American Museum
The Northwest African American Museum connects Seattle and the Pacific Northwest with the world by discovering, honoring, and celebrating our African American community’s traditions and innovations in art, education, history, and culture.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world collecting preserving, and providing access to materials documenting black life, and promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent.
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.
African American Newspapers
19th century newspapers, including photos and illustrations.
Baltimore African American
A part of ProQuest Historical Newspaper database collection. (1893-1988)
Black Drama 1850 -
Contains plays by playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries.
A part of ProQuest Historical Newspaper database collection. A leading African-American newspaper: coverage, 1910-1975
Oxford African American Studies Center
Articles by scholars and core content that includes: Africana;;Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895; Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present; Black Women in America, Second Edition; and African American National Biography
A part of ProQuest Historical Newspaper database collection. (1911-2002)
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
- 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.