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African American Studies *: Primary Sources

African American Primary Source Collections

Large Primary Source Databases & Collections

Slavery, Abolition & Race Relations

Statistics & Data

Legal & Legislative History

Civil War (1861-1865)

Emancipation/Reconstruction Era (1865-1887)

Civil Rights Movement

Literature & Music

  • 20th Century African-American Poetry 10,000 poems by 70 African-American modern and contemporary poets

  • Black Drama  Provides access to 1,462 plays by 233 playwrights, with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more.  Also includes playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays. 

  • The 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.