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African American Studies: Find Primary Sources

Key resources and assistance for research in African American Studies.



  • African American Newspapers: The 19th Century
    Includes the Freedom's Journal, The Coloured AmericanThe North StarThe National EraProvincial Freeman, Frederick Douglass Paper, and The Christian Recorder.
  • African American Newspapers (1827-1998)
    Search over 270 African American newspapers published in the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • AFRO Black History Archives (1902 - 2003)
  • America, History and Life
    AHL is the definitive index database to use when exploring the history and culture of the United States and Canada.   AHL covers the time period of prehistory to the present. Indexes 1,700 journals, books, newspapers and magazines, many published as earl as 1910.
  • Chicago Defender (1910-1975)
  • Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans Digital Edition
    Contains scanned images of over 100,000 early American books, pamphlets, broadsides and rare printed materials, from 1700s to the 1800s, including works by Phillis Wheatley and Olaudah Equiano.   Includes documents on abolitionism, slave records and plantations, and other primary documents on African Americans and blacks.
  • Early American Newspapers, Series III:  1829-1922
    Includes more than 125 significant 19th and early 20th-century newspapers, focusing on the period between 1861 and 1920 in which the number and size of newspapers continued to grow rapidly. This Series provides in-depth mainstream coverage of the Civil War, Reconstruction, Gilded Age, Progressive Era and beyond.
  • Making of America Books
    Digital library of primary sources in American social history primarily from the antebellum period through reconstruction.
  • North American Women's Letters and Diaries
    This collection of primary sources explores history through the eyes of women from colonial times to the present, providing a unique feminine perspective. 
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers
  • Vanderbilt Television News Archive
    The collection spans the presidential administrations of  Lyndon Baines Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The core collection includes evening news broadcasts from ABC, CBS, and NBC (since 1968), an hour per day of CNN (since 1995) and Fox News (since 2004).
  • Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000
    The collection currently includes 108 document projects and archives with almost 4,300 documents and more than 150,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by more than 2,200 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools.

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