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Subject Resources for Sociology, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Political Science, Women's Studies and others will also be useful to consult.

Last Updated: January 17, 2013
This page is maintained by Deborah LaFond.

Academic Sites, Research Centers
African & African Diaspora Studies (Tulane University)

Links to many African and Diaspora studies programs as well as study abroad programs.

African American Cultural Center and Library (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

Founded in 1972. "The mission of the African American Cultural Center Library is to promote teaching and learning about the African American experience including its history and culture, through the dynamic intellectual exchange of information, ideas, and creativity. "

African American Studies (Temple University)

"Provides general information about undergraduate and graduate studies in the African-American Studies Department [at Temple], its faculty, and its programs."

African and African American Collections (University of California, Berkeley)

Examples of research tools and access to the UC Berkeley Library Catalog.

African Resources (University of Florida)

Information on Africana resources at the UF George A. Smathers Libraries.

African Studies Center (University of Pennsylvania)

Ali B. Ali-Dinar is a highly respected Africana Web Editor. A very good place to start. Check out his Links and locate materials beyond Albany through the U Penn Library Catalog.

The African Studies Program (University of Wisconsin at Madison)

Information on the Africana Studies program including course offerings and faculty.

African Studies Programs and Organizations Worldwide (Stanford University Libraries)

An annotated list of organizations with African Studies programs.

Africana Studies (State University of New York at Albany)

Information on the Department of Africana Studies including courses and faculty.

Amistad Research Center (Tulane University)

"Amistad is among the largest of the nation's repositories specializing in the history of African Americans. Papers of African Americans and records of organizations and institutions of the African American community make up about 90 percent of the Center's holdings."

Black Film Center/Archive (Indiana University)

Contains selected film clips of African Americans in cinema.

Black History Teaching Resources at the Smithsonian (Washington DC)

African American History and Culture resources and exhibitions.

African American Studies (Ohio State University)

African American and African Studies, Ohio State University.

Boston University - African Studies Library

This site includes extremely useful guides to researching Africa created by Gretchen Walsh together with the staff of the BU African Studies Library. "The African Studies Library (ASL), founded in 1953 as the departmental library of the African Studies Center and now a department of Mugar Memorial Library, supports Boston University's undergraduate, graduate and faculty research on Africa and serves as a resource for the broader community's African interests, nationally and internationally."

Center for African Studies

Sites specific to African human rights issues. From the Center for African Studies and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Web sites containing human rights resources organized by categories: continent/regions, country, international, issues and legal.

Department of AfroAmerican and African Studies - University of Michigan (University of Michigan)

Formerly the "Center for AfroAmerican and African Studies (CAAS)"...

Center for Research Libraries (CRL)

"CRL is a consortium of North American universities, colleges, and independent research libraries. The consortium acquires and preserves traditional and digital resources for research and teaching and makes them available to member institutions through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery."

Cooperative Africana Microform Project (CAMP) of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL)

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Library Alliance

Lists HBCU's by region, state, program, and includes tuition, address and enrollment information.

John Henrik Clarke Africana Library (Cornell University)

"Provides a special collection focusing on the history and culture of people of African ancestry."

The King Center

King Center information, biographies of Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King, Jr., and chronologies of African American events.

Martin Luther King Jr. - Papers at Stanford

Historical information concerning Martin Luther King, Jr. and the social movements in which he participated. Initiated by the Atlanta-based King Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Includes full-text access to papers, speeches, sermons and articles.

Race Relations Institute (Fisk University)

Interracial and intraracial dialogue and scholarship on global systems of racism and strategies to overcome racial injustice.

Racial Profiling Data Collection Research Center

"The Institute on Race and Justice at Northeastern University utilizes strategic social science research methodologies to assist government agencies, educational institutions, and members of the community in the development of policy changes that advanced the cause of social justice. "

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Library (NYPL Harlem-NYC)

Consult the New York Public Library Catalog or check out Digital Schomburg Images of 19th century African Americans.

The Sonja Haynes Stone Center Library for Black Culture and History

Web guides and links to hundreds of websites about "African, African American, and African Diaspora history and culture. ... The topics covered range from the Underground Railroad to hip hop music." Other subjects include civil rights, education, health, literature, military, religion, slavery, sports, and women. From the Sonja Haynes Stone Center at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.

W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research (Harvard University)

The nation's oldest research center dedicated to the study of the history, culture, and social institutions of African Americans. Founded in 1975, the Institute serves as the site for research projects, fellowships for emerging and established scholars, publications, conferences, and Working Groups. The Institute also sponsors two major lecture series each year, and serves as the co-sponsor for numerous public conferences, lectures, readings, and forums.

William Monroe Trotter Institute For Black Study (University of Massachusetts)

Topics of current and past research projects related to Africana studies. "The Trotter Institute addresses the needs and concerns of the Black community of Boston and Massachusetts through research, technical assistance, and public service."

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African American Studies

African American Mosaic Exhibition

A Library of Congress resource guide for the study of black history and culture.

African American Sheet Music - Library of Congress

"This collection consists of 1,305 pieces of African-American sheet music dating from 1850 through 1920. The collection includes many songs from the heyday of antebellum black face minstrelsy in the 1850s and from the abolitionist movement of the same period."

Black Voices

A popular culture site containing informative Afro-centric content on diverse topics. Includes black news, career information, chat rooms and message boards. On-line membership is requested for full access.

Center for Black Music Research

A research unit of Columbia College Chicago devoted to research, preservation, and dissemination of information about the history of black music on a global scale.

Center for Multilingual Multicultural Research - African American Resources

Several sites and some full-text sources are listed on this page, particularly those on the topic of EBONICS. "The Center is an organized research unit at the University of Southern California, facilitating the research collaboration, dissemination and professional development activities of faculty, students, and others across the School of Education, university community and outside organizations."

Civil Rights Legislation - Legal Information Institute

Civil Rights Legislation - Title 42, Chapter 21 of the U.S. Code.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Site includes information on Black leaders, news updates, publications and archives.

Encyclopedia Britannica's Guide to Black History

Useful for the "Era's in Black History" audio/video timelines, photographs and brief information.

Harlem 1900-1940

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Harlem Renaissance Authors Rudolph Fisher Newsletter. All of the essays/articles have been selected from among publications currently indexed by the MLA International Bibliography database. Also see Selected Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance.

Selected Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance

A resource guide by Cynthia L. Gregory.

History of Race in Science

"The RaceSci Website is a resource for scholars and students interested in the history of "race" in science, medicine, and technology. RaceSci is dedicated to encouraging critical, anti-racist and interdisciplinary approaches to our understanding of the production and uses of "race" as a concept within the history of science. Categories include; Bibliography, Digital Archives, Racial Science Now - health, disease, and racial medicine - genetics, race, and ancestry - the meaning of "race" - the science of anti-racism - debates on evolution.

Marian Anderson: A Life in Song

"This exhibition celebrates the artistic development and musical career of Marian Anderson." The material available includes personal papers--letters, music scores, programs, photographs, and sound recordings--housed at the University of Pennsylvania Library in the Annenberg Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black History Month

Selected Reference Sources from Louisiana State University Libraries, Baton Rouge, LA.

Minority On-line Information Service

"MOLIS is a fee based online database of over 268 minority institutions which is used by government agencies, the private sector and other organizations to develop partnerships with minority institutions. MOLIS is also used by government agencies to identify possible faculty at minority institutions to serve as peer reviewers. The "My MOLIS Portal" is a knowledge management area for our subscription clients."

The Moynihan Report Revisited: Lessons and Reflections after Four DecadesAccessible to University at Albany users only

The conference was held at Harvard University between September 27-29, 2007. This important conference proceeding is published in the The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science in January 2009 (Volume 621, No. 1) Edited by Douglas Massey and Robert Sampson. This report follows up on the popularly known "Moynihan Report" published in 1965. The Negro Family, the case for national action from the Office of Policy Planning and Research, United States Department of Labor. Washington: For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Govt. Print. Off.], 1965.

Located in the University at Albany Library / GovDoc: J 85 L 1.2:N 31/3

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Home page for the NAACP. Please note that the University at Albany holds the Papers of the NAACP microfilm collection and the print finding aids. The electronic guide to the collection as well as excerpts from the collection can be found through the African American Studies UA Users Only database through the University at Albany Library Web page.

National Association of Colored Women's Clubs (NACW)

The National Association of Colored Women's Clubs' link describes the organization and its history. Please note that the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs Records (NACW), 1895-1992 are held in the University at Albany microfilm collection. There is a print finding aid located near the collection. The electronic guide to the collection as well as excerpts from the collection can be found on the African American Studies UA Users Only database through the University at Albany Library Web page. Other NACW related discussions, teaching tools and sources can be found under the topic, What Gender Perspectives Shaped the Emergence of the National Association of Colored Women, 1895-1920? on The Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1775-2000 website.

National Black Child Development Institute

A nonprofit organization that provides and supports programs, workshops, and resources for African American children, their parents and communities in: early health and education, health, elementary and secondary education, child welfare and parenting.

Negro League Baseball

Timelines and photographs available.

The Paul Robeson Cultural Center

From Rutgers University. Focuses on Paul Robeson's place in history.

Southern Poverty Law Center

A non-profit organization that combats hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation." Its programs include Teaching Tolerance and the Intelligence Project, which incorporates Klanwatch and the Militia Task Force. "The Center also sponsors the Civil Rights Memorial which celebrates the memory of those who died during the Civil Rights Movement."

State of Public School Integration: Brown vs. Board of Education at 50

"This website is based on the research of John R. Logan, director of the Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4), an institute at Brown University that uses GIS technology to conduct spatial analysis of traditional sociological issues, such as race, school integration, public health, crime, and economic conditions. At the Cases and Data section, users will find a searchable database of information on desegregation court cases and trends in racial composition of elementary schools for 1968-71, 1989-90 and 1999-2000. A search by district will retrieve information on court cases in that district, if any were brought, and tables showing racial and ethnic composition of the elementary student population. Other sections of the site include reports prepared by Logan and staff dating from 2001-2004, such as The Continuing Legacy of the Brown Decision: Court Action and School Segregation, 1960-2000; a history of the Brown decision; the relationship between Brown and the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind Act; and a collection of related Web sites on Brown's 50th anniversary and the civil rights movement in the US. " From the Scout Report Website

Womanist Theory and Research

A journal published at the University of Georgia and lists of links related to womanist and Black feminist views and resources.

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African Studies

Africa Action

Contains policy debate in the United States around African issues and the U.S. role in Africa. (Former name: The Africa Policy Information Center) Includes country studies, background papers and excellent regional and country specific data and meta-site links. Also see Ali B. Ali-Dinar's Country-Specific Pages from the University of Pennsylvania.

Africa Information Center

A "team of development analysts and consultants specializing in Sub-Saharan Africa providing information and research to the development community, governments, academic and commercial organizations." The team compiles reports and offers support and assistance to development projects. Higher Education in Africa and libraries in Africa are also linked here.

African Gender Institute, Cape Town, South Africa

"The AGI's Vision is of Africa as a continent liberated from the legacies of colonial and patriarchal domination, and transformed into a powerful and united region in which women and men are respected as equal, and social justice is a reality for all its people.

The AGI's Mission is to contribute to the realisation of this vision by building intellectual capacity and establishing an African resource dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of intellectuals, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners committed to the attainment of gender equity."

The Institute publishes the journal Feminist Africa: Diaspora Voices "Feminist Africa provides a forum for progressive, cutting-edge gender research and feminist dialogue focused on the continent. By prioritising intellectual rigor, the journal seeks to challenge the technocratic fragmentation resulting from donor-driven and narrowly developmentalist work on gender in Africa."

African National Congress

Contains news from South Africa, related Internet resources, government information and politically-oriented Web sites as well as specific information about the ANC.

African Studies Association

"Founded in 1957 as a non-profit organization open to all individuals and institutions interested in African affairs. Its mission is to bring together people with a scholarly and professional interest in Africa."

African Studies: African Diaspora

From Columbia University, African Studies. List of web sites containing information on African Diaspora.

African Studies: Art and Archaeology of Africa

Internet sites from Columbia University.

African Union

Formerly the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the African Union (AU) "is based on the common vision of a united and strong Africa and on the need to build a partnership between governments and all segments of civil society, in particular women, youth and the private sector, in order to strengthen solidarity and cohesion amongst the peoples of Africa."

African Writing Systems

Hosted at Cornell University, "the African Writing Systems web site was created in 1996 by Professor Ayele Bekerie, with creative and design assistance from Anika Iesha Daniels and Joseph Egbulefu. It is partially funded by the Ford Foundation." As of November 2008, the site was last updated in 2003 but much of the historical information provided is useful.

Afropop Worldwide

"Afrpop is a radio program, a web site, a searchable database, an international musical archive, a team of researchers, and a travel series to Africa and Latin America."

Association of African Universities

Important resource for information on higher education priorities in Africa. Useful full-text documents, reports are available on-line as well as a list of publications to order.

Black/African Related Resources

From the University of Pennsylvania, "This is a list of online information storage sites (FTP, Gopher, Telnet, WWW, BBS, Database, etc.) that contain a significant amount of information relating to or of concern to Black or African people, culture, and issues around the world, either in files or conferences. Also included (in other sections of the list) are resources relating to Ethnic/Intercultural Relations, International/Sustainable Development (includes Global Networking), and Social/Progressive Activism."

Centre for Civil Society - South Africa

This South African center "focuses on strengthening the non-profit and voluntary sector by disseminating information to the sector itself, and by building networks and encouraging collaboration both within the sector and between it and researchers and teachers in Higher Education institutions around the country." Research and advocacy skills are promoted to develop quality education. Categories of organizations include social movements, labor unions. The site provides an on-line library and directories of non-governmental organizations (ngo's) and community based organizations (cbo's) in South Africa.

FLAME: African Sisters Online

"Flame is a network of African sisters online committed to strengthening the capacity of women through the use of ICTs to lobby, advocate and participate in the Beijing +5 process regionally and globally. "

Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)

Created in 1992, the FAWE seeks to ensure that girls have access to school, complete their studies and perform well at all levels.

Images of Colonial Africa

Photographs taken by Laura Collins, a missionary in Africa during the early 20th century. "The images are one woman's view, mostly of Kenya, at the beginning of the twentieth century, probably before 1914. They depict the country's society, customs, economics, and geography, as well as its growing Christian church, the missionary community assisting in that endeavor, and Collins herself." Also included are some photographs from Cameroon, the Belgian Congo and Uganda.

Kwame Nkrumah Information & Resource Site

The site was originally crafted in 1997 while the editor was working toward a dissertation concerning Nkrumah's contributions to Pan-Africanism. Africology, African Liberation Movement (ALM), African Personality, African Unity Movement(AUM), Pan-Africanism, Synthetic Afrocentric Paradigm are among the terms defined. The Introduction and Resources section includes primary, secondary, and tertiary sources on Kwame Nkrumah's life and works, a very influential Ghanaian leader.

Maps of Africa

University of Texas-Austin, Perry-Castañeda Library map collection

Mathematicians of the African Diaspora

Exhibits the accomplishments of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora within the Mathematical Sciences.

Religious Tolerance

Provides brief descriptive information on African religions, Islam, Santaria,VODUN, and related religions such as:Candomble, Lucumi, Macumba, Voodoo, Vodoun, Vodou, and Yoruba.

South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy

"South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy presents first-hand accounts of this important political movement. Interviews with South African activists, raw video footage documenting mass resistance and police repression, historical documents, rare photographs, and original narratives tell this remarkable story." Project developed at Michigan State University.

South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission Resources

Claims to be the largest repository of public information on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, although not the official site for the Commission. Includes the text of the TRC report, Amnesty Decisions, TRC statements, public hearings and discussion.

TransAfrica Forum

"...TransAfrica Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the general public – particularly African Americans – on the economic, political and moral ramifications of U.S. foreign policy as it affects Africa and the Diaspora in the Caribbean and Latin America...."


UNIFEM promotes gender equality and works to ensure the participation of women in all levels of development planning and practice, and acts as a catalyst within the UN system, supporting efforts that link the needs and concerns of women to all critical issues on the national, regional and global agendas.

United Nations Web Sources

Internet sites linking to important United Nations sources maintained by the Government Documents Coordinator at the University at Albany Reference Department.

USAID Publications on Africa

The United States Agency for International Development publications is an excellent source for the study of United States foreign policy with Africa. Search by country or specific subject.


A South African site offering documents and links to other pages.

World Political Leaders (Roberto Ortiz de Zarate)

World Leaders 1945-, Current leaders Worldwide, Women Leaders, Current Rulers Longest time in office , European Governments, Leaders who died violently, African Leaders and political obituary.

Country Studies
African and Middle Eastern Portals to the World

The Library of Congress offers information on each country through this gateway site. Topics for each country include; General Resources,Business, Commerce, Economy, Culture, Education, Embassies, Genealogy, Geography and Environment, Government, Politics, and Law Language, Literature, Listservs, Newsgroups, Media and Communications, Organizations, Recreation and Travel, Religion and Philosophy, Science and Technology, and a variety of Search Engines.

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Newspaper Catalog
(AFRINUL) Cooperative African Newspaper Project

The African Newspapers Union List, is a centralized finding aid for African newspapers held in North American libraries and elsewhere.

Cooperative African Newspapers Project goals include the preservation of fragile resources through microfilming of titles existing only on paper; and digitization of the content of newspapers, facilitating research on African political, economic, and cultural events. AFRINUL currently consolidates holdings information for collections in North America, and will later expand to include holdings in Africa, Europe, and elsewhere.

The Cooperative African Newspapers Project is an initiative of the Africana Librarians Council (ALC) of the African Studies Association (ASA) and the Cooperative Africana Microform Project (CAMP) of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) to enhance the utilization of newspapers as a source of information about Africa.

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Posters and Photographs
Herskovits Library Posters

"The Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University maintains a comprehensive collection of posters published in Africa and elsewhere. The posters provide a unique resource to carry on research in a broad range of disciplines by consulting the visual image created by governments (independent and colonial) and international agencies, as well as political, labor, social, religious, educational and cultural organizations. On this web site, 366 posters, selected as a representative sampling of the collection, are available for searching and viewing."

Herskovits Library Collection Samples: HIV/AIDS Posters

HIV/AIDS posters from Northwestern University - Africana collections.

Winterton Collection of East African Photographs

The Humphrey Winterton Collection of East African photographs is a digital resource held at Northwestern University. "The collection comprises about 7,600 photographs organized in 75 separate albums, scrapbooks or loose collections and taken primarily in East Africa between about 1860 and 1960."

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Archival, Digital and Primary Source Collections

The 1870 Diary of Emma Waite

The 1870 Diary of Emma Waite - a digital copy of the diary kept by an African American woman who was employed as a hired maid for several households in Saratoga Springs, New York. She also held seasonal jobs at resort hotels in that city. Daily entries were generally brief notes about the weather, chores, social activities, and other personal matters. "The New York State Library is currently digitizing a selection of its large inventory of unique historical text collections. The Digital Collections also contain the full text of selected New York State Agency publications, maps, manuscripts and works of art related to the history To access the collection go to and choose Catalog / Digital Collections, then Search Digital Collections."

African American Newspapers Collection

African American newspapers available at the Stanford University Libraries.

African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship (Library of Congress)

Showcases the Library's African American collections. Includes a wide array of important and rare books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings.

African American Perspectives

A Library of Congress Special Collection. "The Daniel A. P. Murray Pamphlet Collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900. Among the authors represented are Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Benjamin W. Arnett, Alexander Crummel, and Emanuel Love."

African American Women Writers of the 19th Century

A digital collection of some 52 published works by 19th-century black women writers. A part of the Digital Schomburg Collection, the site "provides access to the thought, perspectives and creative abilities of black women as captured in books and pamphlets published prior to 1920. A full text database of these 19th and early 20th- century titles, this digital library is key-word-searchable."

African Americans - Milwaukee Urban Archives,The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin was known as "the Selma of the North" during the Civil Rights movement with multi-racial involvement. This site provides finding aids to the collection as well as examples of digitized documents which could be used to interpret the historical context, and locate primary sources for figures and movements from this period. For example, Father Groppi was a well-known priest and civil rights activist, description of related documents appear here.

The African Presence in the Americas 1492-1992

An on-line exhibition portfolio-- The African presence in the Americas describes "direct consequences of the European - Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, French and English - colonization of the 'New World'." Produced by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the New York Public Library.

The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture

A guide to the institution's African-American collections. It covers four areas: colonization, abolition, migrations and the WPA.

African-American Women On-line Archival Collections

Special collections at Duke University. Includes Elizabeth Johnson Harris, Vilet Lester, Hannah Valentine and Lethe Jackson.

Afro-American Sources in Virginia: A guide to Manuscripts

Online book by Michael Plunkett.

Afro-Americana Bibliographic Unit

Selected digital historic texts from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Includes Civil Rights Code of the U.S., Slave narratives, Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and other useful sources.

American Life Histories - Manuscripts from the Federal Writer's Project, 1936-1940

From the Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.

Archives of African American Music and Culture (Indiana University)

A repository of materials covering various musical idioms and cultural expressions from the post-World War II era. Provides access to oral histories, photographs, musical and print manuscripts, audio and video recordings, and educational broadcast programs. Provides reference services in person and by telephone, mail, and the Internet.

Archives USA - Repositories and Archive CollectionsAccessible to University at Albany users only

Access to holdings and contact information of more than 5,500 repositories. Indexes to over 141,000 special collections.

Buffalo Soldiers & Indian Wars

Stanford L. Davis explores the topic of Buffalo soldiers on this personal website.

Documenting the African-American Health Care Experience in Michigan: A Guide to Sources

From U. Michigan Historical Center. "Documents the African American health care experience in Southeastern Michigan from the early 20th Century through the present from the perspective of both the health care provider and the patient. Includes manuscript and archival resources associated with African American doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals."

Documenting the American South

"(DocSouth) is a digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to Southern history, literature, and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century. Currently DocSouth includes seven thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs. a digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to Southern history, literature, and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century. Currently DocSouth includes seven thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs. " Sponsored by The University Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

A Durable Memento: Portraits by Augustus Washington, African American Daguerreotypist

A National Portrait Gallery exhibition.

Global Gateway: World Culture & Resources

Global Gateway is a searchable gateway to rich primary source materials relating to history and culture throughout the world. This Library of Congress site offers more than 80 thousand digital items. In addition, it is a portal to international research centers and collections, presentations, exhibitions with links to many important resources.

History Detectives

PBS Television series demonstrating how to document history. The series often investigates African American history. Provides useful explanations on investigative techniques.


Guide to African American Documentary sources in North Carolina.

Image Archive on the American Eugenics Movement

This site discusses images on origins of eugenics, laws on race mixing, sterilization, restricting immigration, methodology used and traits studied by Eugenicists as well as their flaws. Funded by Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Research Program, National Human Genome Research Institute.

Images of 19th Century African-Americans - Digital Images from the New York Public Library, Schomburg Collections

Photos of 19th-century African Americans from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of The New York Public Library that document the social, political and cultural life worlds of African-American people from slavery to various stages of quasi freedom.

In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience

" A sweeping narrative from the transatlantic slave trade to the Great Migration, from the Western migration to the contemporary immigration of Caribbeans, Haitians, and sub-Saharan Africans. Includes 25,000 pages of texts, rare visual materials, maps, contemporary photojournalism, and lesson plans."

Making of America

"Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 9,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. Making of America is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation".

Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers Project

An African Studies research project on Marcus Garvey supported through UCLA.

Martin Luther King Jr. - Papers at Stanford

Historical information concerning Martin Luther King, Jr. and the social movements in which he participated. Initiated by the Atlanta-based King Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Includes full-text access to papers, speeches, sermons and articles.

National Civil Rights Museum

Interactive tour available that features permanent exhibits of the museum. The mission of the museum is to educate and preserve the memory of the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- Contains an online article archive, current feature articles, team/player profiles and a fan discussion forum.

Papers of the NAACP

This site provides a description for the Papers of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) organization. The University at Albany has most of the the Papers of the NAACP on microfilm. Electronic finding aids and text excerpts can be found in the African American Studies database through the University Library "database finder".

Paul Robeson Timeline

Images of Paul Robeson, timeline, and teacher resources from PBS.

Resources for African-American History, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany

A list of digital primary sources for African American History and links to local archival collections.

Slave Letters

Original manuscripts in the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University

Still Going On!

This site from Duke University contains digitized photographs and documents from the life of William Grant Still (1895-1978) who became the first African American composer to have a symphony performed by an American orchestra." The Afro-American Symphony remains Still's most popular work. This first symphony by an African American composer provided an opportunity for stating the significance and meaning of being an African American in the United States of America."

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AfricaBib is a free service created in 1999 as a way to disseminate information from two African studies databases. The databases are created and maintained by Davis Bullwinkle, Director of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Institute for Economic Advancement (IEA) Library. They include: African Women's Bibliographic Database, Bibliography of Africana Periodicals Literature Database, Women Travelers, Explorers and Missionaries to Africa 1763-2003: A Comprehensive English Language Bibliography, DISA: Digital Imaging Project of South Africa. South Africa's Struggle for Democracy: Anti-Apartheid Periodicals, 1960-1990., African Studies Abstracts Online.

African American Literature Syllabi

A collection of syllabi from several universities offering courses on African American literature.

African-American Bibliography - Education

"This bibliography [published in 1993] lists selected resources of the New York State Library that document and comment on the educational experiences of African Americans in the United States. In addition to primary sources and significant works, this document contains selected references to bibliographies, research aids, and reference works. Resource materials in journals and reports are not emphasized."

Conover Porter Award

This page lists reference books that have been awarded the Conover-Porter Award. This award is considered the most prestigious award for published works of bibliography or reference on Africa. This biennial award is conferred by the Africana Librarians Council of the African Studies Association (U.S.).

Diaspora Bibliography

(1970 - 2003) UC Berkeley Africana holdings.

Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography

Bibliographies cover "any aspect of Africa, its peoples, their homes, cities, towns, districts, states, countries, regions, including social, economic sustainable development, creative literature, the arts, and the Diaspora," for example: Female Circumcision and Infibulation in Africa.

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Dissertations and Theses on Africa

Listings of dissertation sources from Africa South of the Sahara Web site. Please also select the U Albany Libraries 'database finder' for the database "Dissertations and Theses". Many of the dissertations can be inter-library loaned from other campus libraries.

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Gateway Sites

Africa South of the Sahara

Internet sites and Africana Collection (Stanford University Library) -- Under "Finding African Studies Information" are guides to subtopics such as Islam and the Islamic Middle East, Missionary Records, Slave Trade -- Site is maintained by Karen Fung, a highly respected Africana Web Editor. A very good place to start.

African Governments on the World Wide Web

A compilation of official government Web sites for each country, as well as a selection of more general informational resources.

African Human Rights Resource Center University of Minnesota

The African Information Society Initiative (AISI)

"The African Information Society Initiative (AISI) is an action framework that has been the basis for information and communication activities in Africa since 1996. AISI is not about technology. It is about giving Africans the means to improve the quality of their lives and fight against poverty." The United Nation's NICI (National Information and Communication Infrastructure Strategies) Web site is compiled by Assefa Bahta. It provides an annotated bibliography and links to web sites designed locally and maintained by individuals and organizations in African countries. Arranged by countries, it provides extensive listings of African Web sites grouped under broad headings such as aid organizations, cities and towns, communication, culture and sports, financial institutions, Internet Service Providers, natural resources and industries, NGO’s, science and technology, travel/tourism information, etc.

African Studies Center: University of Pennsylvania

The "original" mega-site for African studies.

African Studies Internet Resources

An extensive and comprehensive list of sites from Columbia University.

African Women's Bibliographic Database

This database contains over 30,000 citations. It indexes six types of materials: books and government documents; articles appearing in edited books; periodical and journal articles; master’s theses and Ph.D. dissertations as well as a few B.A. theses and honors papers; conference papers; and videocassettes; and has a clickable map. Coverage before 1986 is found in the following print works: African women: A General Bibliography, 1976-1985 ; Women of Northern, Western, and Central Africa: A Bibliography, 1976-1985 University Library Z 3507 A45 N.S. NO.10

H-Africa Discussion Network

Part of the H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences OnLine consortium of scholarly lists. Encourages the interdisciplinary discussion of Africa's history, culture, and African studies. Other related sites include H-AfrArts Expressive Cultures of Africa.

H-Afrlitcine Discussion Network

For the discussion and exploration of African literature and cinema.


A member of H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine. A place to dialogue among professionals, faculty and advanced students, in the field of African American Studies (also called Afrocentricity, Africology, Africana Studies, Afro-American Studies, Black Studies, and Pan-African Studies).

Index on Africa

The Norwegian Council for Africa maintains site for news and information service, with additional internet sites.

A portal which aims to promote visibility for African-hosted Web sites and encourage the use of the Internet in Africa.

This portal and Web directory primarily aims to serve the general public in Africa and elsewhere who seek news and information about Africa, to offer information about travel in Africa, and to provide business, investment, and economic information on Africa. It is owned by Green Growth Ltd, a Tanzanian private investment company. There are good links to a variety of collections as well as brief profiles of writers. Provides access to well over 400 African maps and guides.

Portals to the World: Links to electronic resources around the world.

A Library of Congress site which provides a broad array of resources arranged by subject categories within country or area specific Web pages. Resources are selected by Library of Congress Subject Specialists. The project includes several African countries and plans to add more.

Race and Ethnicity

"This collection is one of over forty literary collections on the EServer [which] consists of reference material, essays, and other works addressing issues of race and ethnicity in the United States."

U.S. History - African American Lesson Plans and Web Sites

Resources listed at the EDSitement: The Best of the Humanities on the Web site.

Voice of the Shuttle

Began in 1994, and is known for its collection of humanities sites, particularly links on cultural studies, the "mission has been to provide a structured and briefly annotated guide to online resources that at once respects the established humanities disciplines in their professional organization and points toward the transformation of those disciplines as they interact with the sciences and social sciences and with new digital media. "

WoYaa! The African Internet Portal

An African search engine and Web portal that aims to increase the visibility of African resources, information and sites on the Internet. Search or browse by broad subject categories, or by individual African countries. Several inks to individual artists, illustrators, performers, and photographers; several links to galleries, museums, and current exhibitions, as well as media links to magazines, newspapers, radio and TV, and news providers.

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News, Documentaries, Film and Video

African-American Studies Videotape and Audiocassette

African American studies resources. Includes videos and videographies. From Moffit Library, UC Berkeley.

Afro News

Excerpts from this Vancouver print-based newspaper include Canadian news and news within the African diaspora.

The BBC World Service Online

An excellent source of news on Africa.

Black Film Center Archives Internet Sites on film and video

A selected list of film-related Internet resources. Some filmographies available.

California Newsreel

Descriptive list of available educational videos on African and African American Studies. Topics include history, race relations and diversity training, African cinema, media and society, labor studies, campus life and more. The University at Albany Libraries owns many of these videos.

Channel Africa

News from Africa via short wave, satellite and internet radio.

Daily Mail and Guardian

Current news in South Africa.

Electronic Journals and News on Africa

A variety of news and information sites on Africa selected by Africana Librarian, Joe Caruso with the Columbia University Libraries.

First Run Icarus Films - Films and Videos About the African-American Experience

Films on African American studies from First Run/Icarus Films.

Slavery and the Making of America

"A four-part series documenting the history of American slavery from its beginnings in the British colonies to its end in the Southern states and the years of post-Civil War Reconstruction. Drawing on a wealth of recent scholarship, it looks at slavery as an integral part of a developing nation, challenging the long held notion that slavery was exclusively a Southern enterprise. At the same time, by focusing on the remarkable stories of individual slaves, it offers new perspectives on the slave experience and testifies to the active role that Africans and African Americans took in surviving their bondage and shaping their own lives".

American I AM: The African American Imprint

"The African American Imprint is a four-year touring museum exhibition that will celebrate 400 years of African American contributions to this country. The exhibition presents a historical continuum of pivotal moments in courage, conviction and creativity that solidifies the undeniable imprint of African Americans across the nation and around the world."

VIDEOS TITLES held at the University at Albany Libraries
The following are examples of video titles owned by the University at Albany Libraries, found in the Interactive Media Center (IMC). The Web Sites do not give access to the video, but do provide extensive background on, review of and teaching materials for each video.

The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords

PBS Online. Focuses on the men and women who helped shape the history of the black press. Includes bibliography and web sites on the history of the Black press under "Resources and Links".

The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela

A Frontline documentary from WGBH Boston Public Television. Site provides background and accompanying teaching tools.

The Two Nations of Black America

A Frontline documentary from WGBH Boston Public Television. Site provides background and accompanying teaching tools.

Wonders of the African World

Henry Louis Gates great ancient African civilizations.

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Research Guides

African Studies Companion: A Guide to Information SourcesAccessible to University at Albany users only

The African Studies Companion authored by Hans Zell contains major general reference sources related to the study and culture of Africa. It includes current bibliographies and continuing sources, African language sources, descriptions of journals and magazines published within Africa and abroad, lists of major libraries on Africa or national archives within Africa. Also found are library organizations addressing African publishing, email addresses and links to Web sites and Internet documents. Several entries are extensively annotated. Use the table of contents to search or use the search menus within each category. The African Publishing Companion is a related source of interest to authors researching topics about Africa as well as those interested in the African book trade, organizations, donor agencies, and networks supporting African publishing and book development.

African-American Studies - Subject Guide

Resources in African American Studies available at Columbia University.

Africana Resources for Undergraduates: A Bibliographic Essay

An essay by Nancy Schmidt, formerly African studies librarian at Indiana University Libraries, which first appeared in the book Africa, by Phyllis M. Martin & Patrick O’Meara (Indiana University Press, 3rd ed. 1995), entry 41. It describes general, easily accessible resources for students starting off in African studies, with a focus on resources in English published or reissued since 1980 (to late 1994). Arranged under broad subject sections. Link has been taken down.

Basic Guide to Research on Africa at Columbia University

Contains general reference works, atlases and maps, indexes and databases, guides to dissertations and archival collections, journals, research center publications, newspapers, bibliographies and other resource guides on the Internet.

Finding and Interpreting Historical Threads and Patterns through Archival Research Primary Source Documentation

A primer which features resources on the Underground Railroad and links to archival collections in Albany, New York and surrounding areas. Major digital and on-line collections are also described and linked. This site is hosted on a University at Albany staff member's personal web site.

Library Research Using Primary Sources

Online guide from UC Berkeley Library.

The Empire Writes Back: Post-Colonial Caribbean Literature

Postcolonial cultural and literary theories were formally conceived of in the academy during the last quarter century. These theories evolved out of the need for new and progressive conceptual frameworks by which to explore the cultural, socioeconomic, and sociopolitical trends which have indelibly marked regions of the world where colonization has played an influential role in the evolution of culture and history. Kathleen L. Nichols, Professor, English at Pittsburgh State University explores this theme and exemplifies readings on this topic. She offers links to theory, historical contexts, and other sources.

Using Google for African Studies Research: A Guide to Effective Web Searching

"The guide by Hans Zell is designed to help the user get the most out of Google's Web searching techniques, and at the same time provides a critical evaluation of Google's many Web search features, services, and tools. The guide is liberally interspersed with examples of searches, and search strategies, relating to Africa or African studies topics."

Abortion in Africa: Database

A CEPED health database includes a literature review of 600 references dating from 1990 to 2005. The database is searchable by keyword in French or in English.

Sonja Haynes Stone Center Library for Black Culture and History: Guide to the Web

Compilation of annotated links to hundreds of websites about "African, African American, and African Diaspora history and culture. ... The topics covered range from the underground railroad to hip hop music." Other subjects include civil rights, education, health, literature, military, religion, slavery, sports, and women. From the Sonja Haynes Stone Center at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.

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Slavery, Abolition, Emancipation, Freedom

The African-Native American: Celebrating the Estelusti ,the Freedmen

This page provides some information on Black Indians, primarily focusing on Oklahoma's Black Indian enslavement, slave narratives and stories of Freedmen. The page also addresses genealogy, treaties and includes a transcript on Black/Indian relations from the National Congress of American Indians.

African Americans in Early Albany

"The People of Colonial Albany Live Here" Website is part of the Colonial Albany Social History Project. See also, Sources.

African Burial Ground

An Interpretive Center telling about the lives of 18th Century African Americans buried in Lower Manhattan has been erected in their memory by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

Afrikan Slave Genealogy

"A collection of slave workplace data categorized by state and county.This site attempts to consolidate all resources and form a networking center for slave genealogists. This site is largely inspired by Afrigeneas, a website at the forefront of Black genealogy that operates primarily by a communal cooperative strategy. It is designed to extend the work of Afrigeneas by focusing on research in the plantation and slave trade era. DISCLAIMER: Sankofa's Afrikan Slave Genealogy page should NOT be cited as a primary source of information. Although informative, it is merely a gigantic cross-index. Original sources of slave information are often highly segregated, scattered far and wide, and vary in the type of information they offer; One resource may serve to glorify the planters while others focus on the sufferings and/or triumphs of the slaves".


"Family Reconstitution" projects, "Colonial Albany Social History Project", and "Community Biography Approach to Local History" by Stefan Bielinski, Community Historian.

American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology

Sample narratives from a WPA (Works Progress Administration) interview project which reveals the life experience of slaves in North America from 1936-1938.

Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record

"The thousand images in this collection have been selected from a wide range of sources, most of them dating from the period of slavery. This collection is envisioned as a tool and a resource that can be used by teachers, researchers, students, and the general public - in brief, anyone interested in the experiences of Africans who were enslaved and transported to the Americas and the lives of their descendants in the slave societies of the New World. A project of The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and The Digital Media Lab at the University of Virginia Library."

Born in Slavery

American Memory Project, Library of Congress. "Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA)."

Census Database and The Free Black Registry

Circle Association's African American History of Western New York

An ongoing project to study the historical presence of Blacks in New York.

Digital History - African American Voices

This site provides brief question and answer essays on topics of slavery as well as many other related topics. The site is a collaborative project with several partners including the Chicago Historical Society, University of Houston, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and others.

Emancipation Proclamation in the National Archives Exhibit Hall

Ex-Slave Narratives

From the Library of Congress African American Mosaic.

The Freedmen and Southern Society Project

"No event in American history matches the drama of emancipation.This was established in 1976 to capture the essence of that revolution by depicting the drama of emancipation in the words of the participants: liberated slaves and defeated slaveholders, soldiers and civilians, common folk and the elite, Northerners and Southerners."

Geography of Slavery in Virginia

"The Geography of Slavery in Virginia is a digital collection of advertisements for runaway and captured slaves and servants in 18th- and 19th-century Virginia newspapers. Building on the rich descriptions of individual slaves and servants in the ads, the project offers a personal, geographical and documentary context for the study of slavery in Virginia, from colonial times to the Civil War. "

In Motion:The African-American Migration Experience

This site "presents a new interpretation of African-American history, one that focuses on the self-motivated activities of peoples of African descent to remake themselves and their worlds. Their hopeful journeys changed not only their world and the fabric of the African Diaspora but also the Western Hemisphere. "

Influence of Prominent Abolitionists

From the Library of Congress African American Mosaic.

Mr. Lincoln's Virtual Library

American Memory Project, Library of Congress.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

Digitized version of this narrative located on the UC Berkeley digital library Sunsite.

National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom

Network to Freedom Database

Records Relating to African Americans in the New York State Archives, Albany New York

Unique documentation of slave owners and children of slaves is contained in records of the State Treasurer and State Comptroller for the period 1797-1820.

Resources on Slavery

A web resource guide from Long Island University emphasizing books under specific categories. Useful for it's breakdown of categories. "All resources are from the personal collection of Melvin R. Sylvester and the C.W. Post Library Collection as compiled by Melvin Sylvester and Robert Delaney."

Slave Movement During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

This site provides access to the raw data and documentation which contains information on slave trade topics.

Slave Voices

Description and images of items maintained at The Special Collections Library at Duke University.

Slavery and Manumission Manuscripts of Timbuktu

Center for Research Libraries (CRL) provides access to slavery and manumission manuscripts of Timbuktu - "From the Bibliothèque Commemorative Mama Haidara in Timbuktu, Mali, a collection of 19th century manuscripts relating to slavery and manumission in Timbuktu. The materials, in Arabic, provide documentation on Africans in slavery in Muslim societies."

Slavery and Reconstruction Law Guide

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library's guide to legal resources on slavery includes reference source, legal materials and websites. U A Albany may or may not have some of these sources. Please use the Minerva catalog to verify before accessing WorldCat or Interlibrary Loan.

Slavery in New York (New York Historical Society)

"Slavery in New York, the first of two exhibitions, spans the period from the 1600s to 1827, when slavery was legally abolished in New York State. With the display of treasures from The New-York Historical Society, as well as other great repositories, it focuses on the rediscovery of the collective and personal experiences of Africans and African-Americans in New York City. "

The Story of Africa - Slavery

BBC - World Service provides resources but also raises questions that guide the selection of the resources. Questions such as "Who Should Tell The Story of Africa?" and "Where Should Research be Done? " and "What is Grassroots History?" are the type of essays posted here.

Underground Railroad in Rochester, New York

Includes the Fugitive Slave Act and information on the Abolitionists.

Underground Railroad Workshop

The Albany, NY and Capital Region Underground Railroad Web page, a local project to document the history of the Underground Railroad in Albany.

Voices from the Days of Slavery (Library of Congress)

"The almost seven hours of recorded interviews presented here took place between 1932 and 1975 in nine Southern states. Twenty-three interviewees, born between 1823 and the early 1860s, discuss how they felt about slavery, slaveholders, coercion of slaves, their families, and freedom." Includes digitized images, biographies, and audio.

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