Afro-American Studies core

Archives Unbound

Digital primary source collections on a wide variety of topics, countries, and time periods, from women's history and feminism, to civil rights, foreign policy, missionary societies, the Federal Writers' Project, etc.

Smith College Afro-American Majors Research Skills

Research and information literacy skills identified as essential for Afro-American majors at Smith College.

Dictionary of Literary Biography

Lengthy literary biographies by recognized literary scholars and critics, covering past & present authors, historians, journalists, screenwriters, publishers, and playwrights.

Ancestry (Library Edition)

Census, vital, church, court & immigration records for the US & UK, plus material on other areas. Major components: US federal census 1790-1930 (incl. manuscript returns); historical maps; Social Security Death Index; etc.

Slavery & Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive

Contains primary source documents from the United States & Europe, as well as other parts of the world; formats include antebellum books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, images, and extensive archival material.

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History [Gale]

International Index to Black Periodicals
Dates of Coverage: 
1900 to present

Scholarly & news articles from American, African & Caribbean publications. International and multi-disciplinary coverage of culture, history, multidisciplinary politics, religion, and social issues.

African American Newspapers: The 19th Century
Dates of Coverage: 
Coverage varies by title

Full text articles from The Christian Recorder, The Colored American/Weekly Advocate, Frederick Douglass Paper, Freedom's Journal, The National Era, The North Star, Provincial Freeman, and Douglass Monthly.

America: History & Life with Full Text [EBSCO]
Dates of Coverage: 
1953 to present

Extensive index to 1,700 journals, books, and dissertations on American and Canadian history, popular culture, anthropology, sociology, economics, education, and politics.

Chicago Defender Historical [ProQuest]
Dates of Coverage: 
1905 - 1975

Online archive of articles, editorial cartoons, photographs, advertisements, etc. from this important African-American newspaper.

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