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Subject: African American & Diaspora Studies databases

African American & Diaspora Studies research guide

African American & Diaspora Studies titles

  • Academic Search Premier   

    Multidisciplinary indexing/full-text database that covers scholarly journal articles back to 1975. On the EBSCOhost platform.

  • African American Communities   

    Focusing predominantly on Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, New York, and towns and cities in North Carolina this resource presents multiple aspects of the African American community through pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records, reports and in-depth oral histories.

  • African American Heritage   

    African-American genealogy database that includes full-text census, marriage and cohabitation records, military records, registers of slaves and freedmen, etc. On a ProQuest platform.

  • African American Music Reference   

    African-American Music Reference is a comprehensive reference database that chronicles the rich history of African-American music through 1970. It offers comprehensive coverage of blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other forms of black American musical expression. Resources include biographies, anthologies, encyclopedias, images, lyrics (digitized and fully searchable), song sheets, chronologies, critical textbooks, a comprehensive discography of the top African-American artists, and links to editorially selected Web resources.

  • African American Newspapers, 1827-1998   

    African-American full-text archive that reproduces full runs of newspapers from 35 states. A subset of America's Historic Newspapers on the Readex platform.

  • African American Poetry   

    English full-text database includes thousands of poems from African American poets of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Part of the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections.

  • African History and Culture, 1540-1921   

    Database containing more than 1,300 books, pamphlets, almanacs, broadsides and ephemera coverings the history of Africa and its diverse people over nearly 400 years. Compiled from imprints from the Library Company of Philadelphia. On the Readex platform.

  • African Writers Series   

    English full-text database includes the books of Heinemann series that focuses on the twentieth century. Part of Literature Online and Part of the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections.

  • Afro-Americana Imprints   

    Full-text database of Afro-Americana imprints, 1535-1922, from the Library Company of Philadelphia.

  • AM Explorer: Americana   

    Covers American history, literature and culture. Resources include manuscript and typescript letters, diaries, notebooks, journals, newspapers, plus incredible art works, illustrations, photographs, video and 360-degree objects.

  • America: History & Life   

    History indexing database that covers American and Canadian journal articles back to 1910. On the EBSCOhost platform. Access limited to 6 simultaneous users.

  • American History in Video   

    History streaming media database that includes primary sources (newsreels and archival footage and educational videos from PBS, History Channel and other sources. On the Alexander Street Press platform.

  • American Memory    UW login not required

    History full-text archive that reproduces print, spoken words, sound recordings, photos, films, prints, maps and sheet music from the Library of Congress collections. On the free American Memory platform. NOTE: Most of the original American Memory collections have been migrated to the Library of Congress Digital Collections site.

  • Archive of Americana   

    Archive of Americana enables students and scholars to explore virtually every aspect of United States history, culture, and daily life across three centuries. Providing online access to newspapers, books, broadsides, ephemera, government publications and more, the Archive of Americana puts tens of millions of pages of primary documents at researchers' fingertips.

  • Archives Unbound   

    Group of digital collections of historical documents covering a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages forward-from Witchcraft to World War II to twentieth-century political history. On a Gale platform.

  • Atlanta Daily World, 1931-2003   

    Historic full-text newspaper that covers from 1931 to 2003. Part of the ProQuest Historical Newspapers - Black Newspapers series.

  • Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830-1865   

    African American archival database that provides primary sources from those that worked on abolition of slavery from 1830 to 1865. Part of the Black Studies Center on the Chadwyck-Healey platform.

  • Black Authors, 1556-1922   

    Database containing works by authors of African or African-American descent. Compiled from imprints from the Library Company of Philadelphia. On the Readex platform.

  • Black History   

    Full-text collection of original military records, photos, stories and historical primary texts of interest to historians and genealogists.

  • Black Short Fiction and Folklore from Africa and the African Diaspora   

    Offers short stories and folktales, ranging thematically from oral traditions that date back many hundreds of years to contemporary tales of modern life. In addition to these works, the database includes complete runs of selected literary magazines, such as Kyk-Over-Al and The Beacon. Black Short Fiction and Folklore from Africa and the African Diaspora features over 11,707 short stories and more than 81,955 pages.

  • Black Studies Center   

    African American database platform for a number of other databases. Collectively it includes primary sources, and scholarly literature, videos, interview transcripts and dissertations. On the Chadwyck-Healey platform.

  • Black Studies in Video   

    Black Studies in Video features award-winning documentaries, newsreels, interviews, and archival footage surveying the evolution of Black culture in the United States. In partnership with California Newsreel, the database provides unique access to their African American Classics collection, and includes films covering history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations.

  • Black Thought and Culture   

    Black Thought and Culture contains 1,303 sources with 1,210 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamplets, letters, and other fugitive material.

  • Black Women Writers   

    Black Women Writers celebrates the many voices of women from Africa and the African Diaspora. Offering fiction, poetry, and essays from three continents, the database gives an unparalleled view of black women's struggles through time. The database features over 104,729 pages.

  • BlackPast.org    UW login not required

    African American reference database that includes encyclopedia articles, speech transcripts, primary documents and links to other sources for the general public. On its own platform.

  • Caribbean History and Culture, 1535-1920   

    Database that includes books, pamphlets, almanacs, broadsides and covering the history of the Caribbean islands over 400 years. Compiled from imprints from the Library Company of Philadelphia. On the Readex platform.

  • Chicago Defender, 1910-1975   

    Historic full-text newspaper that covers 1910 to 1975. Part of the ProQuest Historical Newspapers - Black Newspapers series.

  • Civil War Era   

    History archival database that includes primary sources including newspaper articles and pamphlets from 1840 to 1865. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Digital Schomburg    UW login not required

    Information, interpretation, and scholarship on the global black experience. Includes exhibitions, books, articles, photographs, prints, audio and video streams, and selected external links for research in the history and cultures of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora. On the New York Public Library platform.

  • Diversity Studies (Gale OneFile)   

    The Diversity Studies Collection explores cultural differences, contributions, and influences in the global community. This collection includes more than 2.7 million articles from 150 journals.

  • Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800   

    Multidisciplinary full-text database, based on Charles Evan's American Bibliography, that reproduces all books, pamphlets and broadsides published the American colonies and the United States between 1639 and 1800. On the Readex platform.

  • Ethnic NewsWatch   

    Minorities indexing/full-text database that covers journal, magazine and newspaper articles from ethnic and minority publishers back to 1990. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Filmakers Library Online Volumes 1 & 2   

    Multidisciplinary video-streaming platform presenting award-winning documentaries and independent films. The collection contains 1,019 films and 806 hours of content. Transcripts are available for 87% of the collection. On the Alexander Street Press platform.

  • History Vault   

    Searchable database of primary source materials. Has different modules including American Indians and the American West, American Politics and Society from Kennedy to Watergate, American Politics in the Early Cold War, Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century, Confederate Military Manuscripts and Records, Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files, Law and Society since the Civil War, Margaret Sanger Papers, NAACP Papers, New Deal and World War II, Office of Strategic Services (OSS)-State Department Intelligence and Research Reports, Pinkerton's National Detective Agency Records, Progressive Era, Reconstruction and Military Government after the Civil War, Records of the Children's Bureau, Slavery and the Law, Slavery in Antebellum Southern Industries, Southern Life and African American History, Struggle for Women's Rights, Students for a Democratic Society, U.S. Diplomatic Post Records, U.S. Military Intelligence Reports, Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy, Women at Work during World War II, Women’s Studies Manuscript Collections, Workers, Labor Unions, and the American Left in the 20th Century, World War I: British Foreign Office Political Correspondence, World War I: Records of the American Expeditionary Forces, and Diplomacy in the World War I Era, World War II: U.S. Documents on Planning, Operations, Intelligence, Axis War Crimes, and Refugees. On the ProQuest platform.

  • JSTOR (Journal Storage Archive)   

    Multidisciplinary eJournal platform that provides complete back runs of journals in the following licensed collections: Arts & Sciences I-IV and VII, Life Sciences, Plant Sciences, Current Scholarship and Early Journal Content. On the JSTOR platform.

  • Library of Congress Digital Collections    UW login not required

    Gateway to over 300 digital collections maintained by the Library Of Congress including documents, photographs, motion pictures, sheet music, sound recordings, and more.

  • Los Angeles Sentinel, 1934-2005   

    Historic full-text newspaper that covers 1934 to 2005. Part of the ProQuest Historical Newspapers - Black Newspapers series.

  • Oxford African American Studies Center   

    African American reference database that provides a number of full-text encyclopedias, primary documents, images, maps, etc. 5 user limit. On the Oxford platform.

  • Philadelphia Tribune, 1912-2001   

    Historic full-text newspaper that covers 1912 to 2001. Part of the ProQuest Historical Newspaper - Black Newspapers series.

  • Pittsburgh Courier, 1911-2002   

    Historic full-text newspaper that covers 1911 to 2002. Part of the ProQuest Historical Newspaper - Black Newspapers series.

  • Project Muse   

    Multidisciplinary ejournal and ebook platform that provides full-text of library-licensed journals and ebooks. On its own platform.

  • Race Relations in America   

    Archive of speeches, reports, surveys, and analyses produced by the Race Relations Department and its annual Institute at Fisk University from 1943-1970.

  • Sabin Americana   

    ased on Joseph Sabin's landmark bibliography, this collection contains works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900's. Included are books, pamphlets, serials and other documents that provide original accounts of exploration, trade, colonialism, slavery and abolition, the western movement, Native Americans, military actions and more.

  • Sixties, The: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives   

    Interdisciplinary full-text archives that reproduces diaries, letters, autobiographies, oral histories, government documents, memorabilia and scholarly commentary on the American sixties. On the Alexander Street Press platform.

  • Sociological Abstracts   

    Major sociology indexing database that covers journals, books, theses and conference papers back to 1952. On the ProQuest platform.


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