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Intro to African American and African Studies: Finding Primary Sources

Document Collections

Voices of the African American Experience
Lionel C. Bascom. Westport, Greenwood Press, 2009. 3vols.
Documents from about 1620 to 2008. Rutgers-restricted Access
Jim Crow New York: A Documentary History of Race and Citizenship, 1777-1877
Rutgers-restricted Access
Federal Records Pertaining to Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954)
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Washington, DC, 2004
Federal Surveillance of African Americans, 1920-1984
FBI files.

United States Civil Rights Era

Civil Rights Digital Library
Portal to digital collections documenting the struggle for racial equality. Emphasis on materials from the 1950s and 1960s, primarily in the South.
Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights - Publications by Date
The Long Civil Rights Movement: Works, Comments, and Links.
“Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement” Project at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Civil Rights Collection.
Some 27,000 mostly black and white images, the work of several photographers done largely in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia in the early to mid sixties. Includes a collection of photographs depicting Negative Responses to Civil Rights


Empire Online
"A fulltext collection of essays and associated primary sources for the study and especially the teaching of the history of empires and empire building in the modern era.... Each section consists of three to five extended essays by a noted historian. Linked within each essay are PDFs of relevant primary documents, approximately 175 per section. The database focuses primarily on the British Empire." You can also search for specific terms, places, people, or events. Rutgers-restricted Access
Nineteenth Century Collections Online
A database of primary source collections for the 19th Century. Collections include: Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, & Conquest (including Colonial, Foreign, and War Offices Papers on Africa; personal narratives of African exploration). Rutgers-restricted Access
Internet African History Sourcebook
Paul Halsall's (Fordham University) compilation of prmary texts.
Horn of Africa Crisis
Documents on the 1977-1978 conflict between Somalia and Ethiopia. From the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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