College of Arts & Sciences

the department of African American Studies

Resources

Important Links Useful for African American Studies Research

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, among the nation's most distinguished African American studies institutes, begun during the Harlem Renaissance: http://www.nypl.org/locations/schomburg

The Black World, an exhaustive digital archive: books on the African American Diaspora, abolitionist and black newspapers, African American studies journals, images (including the Amistad prisoners, the Black Panthers' trial, the Teenie Harris photo collection, the Van Vechten photo collection, maps (from the Library of Congress, etc.), and related sources: http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/64/node/62877

Vanderbilt University digital archive: massive collection of on-line materials, including the Booker T. Washington papers, the Dred Scott collection, the Frederick Douglass papers, Nat Turner's "Confession," and documents of the Underground Railroad: http://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/central/afam.html

National Archives digital collections: enormous number of materials, from black contributions to military intelligence during the Civil War to the photographs of James VanDerZee: http://www.archives.gov/research/alic/reference/black-history.html

James Weldon Johnson collection at the Beineke Library, Yale University: a national treasure of Black Diaspora culture, including a wonderful exhibition on "Langston Hughes at 100": http://beineckejwj.library.yale.edu/jwj-collection/

FBI Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) surveillance files "Reading Room": on-line, PDF downloadable FBI files secretly kept on the NAACP, Nation of Islam, COINTELPRO (including the Black Panthers), Claudia Jones, Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King, Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, Malcolm X (Malcolm Little), Paul Robeson, Richard Wright, and W.E.B. Du Bois: http://vault.fbi.gov/reading-room-index