The following Web sites offer access to primary source information on African American history
& culture. Many supply digitized images while the remainder provide transcripts or data extracted from primary sources.
Cornell University's Guide to African
American Documentary Resources is an excellent list of additional sites.
This database (ASU) provides
searchable full-text access to 18th- and 19th-century newspapers and magazines including African American newspapers.
African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: Freedom's Journal
This site provides access to nearly 100 issues of the Freedom's
Journal spanning March 1827 - March 1829.
African-American Women: On-line Archival Collections
These documents from Duke University's
Special Collections Library include the memoirs, poems, and vignettes of Elizabeth
Johnson Harris and slave letters from Vilet Lester and Hannah
Valentine and Lethe Jackson
Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy 1718-1820
This searchable database provides information extracted
from primary sources found in Louisiana, Texas, France, and Spain by Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall.
American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library
This site from the Library of Congress includes a vast array of primary sources
relating to American history and culture. Of special interest are the:
American Missionary Association and the Promise of a Multicultural America: 1839-1954
This collection from the Amistad Research Center
at Tulane University and the Louisiana State University Digital Library provides access to digitized images of documents
and photographs. The images are searchable and browsable.
Black Archives of Mid-America
This collection, a collaborative project of the Black Archives of Mid-America,
Inc. and the Kansas City Public Library, includes photographs, manuscripts, and oral histories.
Booker T. Washington Papers
This searchable site offers access to the 14-volume printed work.
Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive
Digitized images from the collections of the University of
Southern Mississippi Libraries chronicling events of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi will be added soon. Oral
histories are currently available.
Civil Rights Letters and Posters
These documents are part of the Joseph and Nancy
Ellin Freedom Summer Project Collection located at the University of Southern Mississippi. The Ellins, educators and
civil rights workers, taught in Freedom Schools in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1964.
Digital Schomburg Images of African Americans from the 19th Century
This site focuses on family, labor, education, organizations,
religion, slavery, the Civil War, reconstruction, and social life and customs. Also included are transcripts from the African
American Women Writers of the 19th Century collection.
Documenting the American South
This searchable collection from the Southern Historical Collection at the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is notable for its:
The Dred Scott Case
Check here for digitized images of documents related to this
Freedmen and Southern Society Project
This site includes transcripts of primary
source documents, some of which are accompanied by digitized images, from the multi-volume set Freedom: A
Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867. The documents include slave letters, military correspondence,
and letters from freedmen.
Freedmen's Bureau Online
Transcripts of a variety of documents from the Freedmen's Bureau, which was
formed to supervise "relief and educational activities relating to refugees and freedmen" after the Civil
War are provided here.
Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room
The documents available here are scanned images of items requested from the
FBI under the Freedom of Information Act. The documents are listed alphabetically.
The following are of special interest:
Harlem: Mecca of the New Negro
This site provides digitized images and transcripts of the March
1925 Survey Graphic Harlem Number, a magazine issue "devoted to the African American 'Renaissance'
underway in Harlem."
Jackson Davis Collection of African American Educational Photographs
These photographs taken by educational
reformer Jackson Davis in the American South are searchable. Also included are papers donated to the University of Virginia's
Special Collections by his daughters and granddaughters.
Making of America
These sites from the University of Michigan and Cornell
University digitize images of periodicals and books from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
National Archives & Records Administration
This growing collection of digitized images includes photographs,
maps, government correspondence, and much more. The following Teaching
With Documents: Lesson Plans are also of interest:
Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection
Digital images of documents from this "substantial collection of pamphlets, books, newspapers, and manuscripts" donated
to Cornell University by teacher, minister, humanitarian, pacifist, and abolitionist Samuel J. May are available here.
Third Person, First Person: Slave Voices From The Special Collections Library
These digitized images, transcripts, and descriptions are from
documents in the Special Collections Library at Duke University. They cover the time period from the late 18th century
through the 19th century.
Virginia Center for Digital History
This site offers access to "a number of digital projects
spanning the range of American history, from the Jamestown settlement, to the Civil War, to the Civil Rights movement." Among
those of interest for research on African-American history and culture are: