African-American History

General Resources

African American Heritage Teaching Resources-Smithsonian Institution Includes highlights from the Smithsonian archive, reading lists, artist and inventor profiles. Also presents lesson plans on African-American art, history and culture.

African-American Mosaic- Library of Congress resource guide for the study of black history and culture. 

American Slave Narratives - transcripts of WPA interviews. 

African-American Odyssey - Library of Congress exhibit. 

Africans in America - teaching aid for PBS Series. - This site is dedicated to providing reference materials to the general public on six centuries of African American history. It includes an online encyclopedia of hundreds of famous and lesser known figures in African America, full text primary documents and major speeches of black activists and leaders from the 18th Century to the present. There are also links to hundreds of websites that address the history of African Americans including major black museums and archival research centers in the United States and Canada 

Black History Month ( -all purpose resource featuring contemporary issues, timelines, and almanac

Born in Slavery: 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)

Center for African American Genealogical Research

Civil Rights Digital Library

Museum of the African Diaspora-showcases the history, art and the cultural richness that resulted from the dispersal of Africans throughout the world.

Oral Histories of the American South-Civil Rights

Origins of Black History Month



African-American Theses and Dissertations - bibliography of dissertations and theses on African-American themes from 1907 to the present. 

Black Facts Online - searchable by date, word, or category.


Libraries, Museums and Special Collections

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute 

National Civil Rights Museum 

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York Public Library)



Jackson Davis Collection of African-American Educational Photographs From the Univ. of Virginia Library.