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African American Collection

The collection has microforms which include newspapers, journals, and historical books, personal and organizational papers.

African-American Baptist Annual Reports, 1865-1990 + guide book.
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
Minutes of African American Baptist Association along with statistical information about member churches, ministerial lists and sermons preached at annual meetings.
African American Culture and History: the L.S. Alexander Gumby Collection of Negroiana: from the holdings of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Columbia University in the city of New York + guide.
Gumby’s scrapbooks with newspaper clippings, photos, pamphlets, playbills, and letters from subjects such as Josephine Baker, Joe Louis, W.E.B. DuBois, and many other notable African Americans. Each scrapbook is devoted to one subject, a person, organization or topic.
African American Press Collection
Colored American Magazine v.2 (1900)-17(1909)
Ebony v.1 (1945)-56(2001)
Journal of Negro Education v.1 (1932)-70 (2001)
Journal of Negro History v.1 (1916)-85 (2000)
Negro History Bulletin v.1 (1937)-62(1999)
New South v.1 (1946)-28 (1973)
American Negro Historical Society Collection, 1790-1905 + guide book.
Included in the collection are the minutes of the Historical Society, correspondence, membership lists, bills and receipts, land acquisitions, records of the baseball club the Philadelphia Pythians, photos, records of philanthropic and civic organizations, and slave ledgers.
Annual Report of the American Church Institute for Negroes, 1906-1929.
This is the Annual reports of the American Church Institute for Negroes which organized in 1905 to secure funds for eleven Episcopal schools and hospitals for African Americans in the south. Reports include photographs of the schools, expense records and history.
Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830-1865.
The collection includes articles and documents (speeches, sermons, lectures, receipts, poems, etc.) of nearly 300 black abolitionists in the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and Germany 1830-1865.
Black Biographical Dictionaries, 1790-1950.
Biographical sketches of African Americans from various backgrounds.
Blacks in the United States Armed Forces: Basic Documents + guide book.
This document contains papers or transcriptions of documents pertinent to the black military experiences in the U.S. from the American Revolutionary War to Viet Nam.
Carter G. Woodson Collection of Negro Papers and Related Documents.
The collection, assembled by Dr. Woodson when he was editor of the Journal of Negro History, consists of correspondence on black history, race relations and discrimination, employment opportunities, political and business affairs, addresses, legal and other documents.
Christian Index.
This index includes communications of the bishops and others, and activities and movements of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church.
Christian Recorder.
The Christian Recorder is the official publication of the African Methodist Episcopal church which covers 1854-1902. It gives factual accounts of events that occurred in the south and a feature of the Recorder is the information wanted page – asking of whereabouts of separated families.
Cleveland Gazette.
The Cleveland Gazette is an African American newspaper that covered events in Cleveland, Ohio and the surrounding area from 1883-1945.
Crisis, v.1 (1910) -111(2004).
The Crisis is the official magazine of the NAACP.
Fannie Lou Hamer, 1917-1977: papers, 1966-1978 + guide book.
This document contains correspondence and financial records, programs, photographs, newspaper articles, invitations, and other items from the Mississippi civil rights activist. The papers, dating between 1966 -1978, include documents pertaining to Fannie Lou Hamer’s participation in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the Delta Ministry.
FBI file on Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. + guide book.
The file contains newspaper clippings, and accounts of Adam Clayton Powell’s interactions and movement from 1943 up to the 1960s.
FBI File on A. Philip Randolph + guide book.
A. Philip Randolph, organizer of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, and vice president of the AFL-CIO, requested that the FBI watch him when he received death threats by mail. The file includes memos and correspondence, most dating from the 1940s with some coverage into the early 1960s.
FBI File: NAACP + guide book.
The file covers from 1941 to 1957 and is officially entitled: FBI File on the communist infiltration of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
FBI File on the Atlanta Child Murders + guide book.
The file dates from June 1980 and contains memos, letters, lab tests, accounts of the trial, and records of civil-rights questions regarding the case raised by Georgia Representative Mildred Glover and others.
FBI file on the Reverend Jesse Jackson + guide book.
Files cover 1967 to 1984 and include Reverend Jesse Jackson’s early career, records of threats made against him, documents from class-action suits in which he joined against the FBI, CIA and City of Chicago, and information regarding the FBI and Secret Service protection of him as a Presidential candidate in 1984.
FBI file on Thurgood Marshall + guide book.
File contains information on Thurgood Marshall’s civil rights activities in Texas during the 1950s, correspondence, background checks and details of the FBI surveillance. It also covers Marshall’s relationship with the FBI and J. Edgar Hoover.
FBI file on W.E.B. DuBois + guide book.
W.E.B. DuBois was investigated by the FBI for suspected Communist ties. In 1951, the Peace Information Center, that he was running, was indicted as a suspected Communist front. The file covers this event through the decade, and includes newspaper clippings.
Federal Writers Project + guide book.
Between 1933-1943 the Federal Writers Project collected life histories of southerners living in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Florida Star, 1956-2001.
Northeast Florida’s oldest African American owned newspaper that covers events in Jacksonville, Florida.
Florida Times-Union Star Edition, Jan. 1, 1950-Dec.31, 1966.
The Star Edition was the African American section of Jacksonville’s Florida Times-Union newspaper.
Freedmen’s Aid Society records, 1866-1932 + guide book.
The records (correspondence and annual reports) of the Freedman’s Aid Society
Jacksonville Free Press, 1991-2001
This newspaper covers events in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida.
Journal of Negro Education. v.1 (1932)-v. 77 (2008).
This is a Publication from the School of Education of Howard University.
Journal of Negro History. v.1 (1916)-v.86 (2001)
Journal of African American History. v.87 (2002)-v.91 (2006)
This journal is a scholarly publication covering black culture and history. It is published by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and was renamed the Journal of African American History in 2002.
Marcus Garvey: FBI investigation + guide book.
The FBI investigation files on Marcus Garvey and the United Negro Improvement Association.
Martin Luther King, Jr.: FBI assassination file.
The file includes 44,000 pages of documents surrounding the killing of Martin Luther King, Jr. by James Earl Ray. It contains background information on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement as well as information surrounding the killing of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the conviction of James Earl Ray.
[Miscellaneous Negro newspapers.]
Contains scattered issues of African American newspapers published 1823-1928.
Mother Bethel AME church, 1760-1972.
Contains three record books including minutes of trustees, ledgers, and books relating to leaders and classes of Mother Bethel AME Church, Philadelphia, PA.
Mt. Zion Congregational Church records.
Contains minutes, financial records and loose sheets for Mr. Zion Congregational Church founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1864.
Negro Digest. v.1 (1942)-v.18 (1969).
Black literary magazine
Negro History Bulletin. v. 1(1937)-v.50 (1987)
Articles on black history
Negro Star
Publication of Baptist State Convention and Auxiliaries of Wichita, Kansas
New Orleans Advocate.
New Orleans Advocate (May 11, 1867-1869), an African American Methodist newspaper.
Papers, 1921-1969 / Countee Cullen + guide book.
The collection includes personal correspondence, documents and papers of Countee Cullen.
Papers of Mary McLeod Bethune, 1923-1942. + guide book.
The film contains Mary McLeod Bethune’s correspondence, invitations to speak, a telegram from Herbert Hoover, two diaries, speeches, photographs, programs, and newspaper clippings.
Papers of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, 1786-1845 + guide book.
This is a collection of papers of Thomas Fowell Buxton from his college days at Trinity College until his death in 1845. It includes his letters and personal material for his books The African Slave Trade (1939) and the Remedy (1840).
Papers of the American Slave Trade. Series D. Records of the U.S. Customhouses + guide book.
Port of Savannah, Georgia slave manifests, 1790-1860.
Paul L. Dunbar Papers: at the Ohio Historical Society + guide book.
The collection includes Dunbar’s correspondence, scrapbooks, financial records, essays, poems, plays, newspaper clippings and the papers of his wife Alice Ruth Moore.
Proceedings of the National Emigration Convention for Colored People: Held at Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the 24th, 25th and 26th of August. 1854.
This document includes the platform, the Constitution of the National Board of Commissioners, and the “Report of the Political Destiny of the Colored People.”
Schomburg Center Collections: Black Newspaper Sample Issues.
This sampler contains selections from 150 African American newspapers in the Schomburg Collection arranged alphabetically by title. Most samples are 20th century newspapers with a few from the 19th century.
Schomburg Center Collections: Blacks in the Railroad Industry.
Minutes of the Negro Railway Labor Executive Committee, memoranda prepared for the 1949 hearings by the House Special Subcommittee on Education and Labor, and pamphlets from black unions. Newsletters, correspondence, lists of Brotherhood Division (Sleeping Cars) unions and some rosters of membership are included.
Schomburg Center Collections: Conrad / Tubman Collection.
The Earl Conrad/Harriet Tubman Collection includes letters, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, and other materials accumulated by Early Conrad while he was preparing his writings for his 1943 biography on Harriet Tubman.
Schomburg Center Collections: John Edward Bruce Collection, Feb. 22, 1856- Aug. 7, 1924.
The collection includes correspondence to and from John Edward Bruce, programs and bulletins, manuscripts, poetry, magazine articles, scrapbooks, and news clippings.
Schomburg Center Collections: Langston Hughes Collection, 1902-1967.
A collection of Langston Hughes’ notes, galley proofs, annotated manuscripts for his poems, plays and literature, articles and copies of his obituaries.
Schomburg Center Collections: National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses records, 1908-1951.
Materials and documents of the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses that. Minutes, by-laws and articles of incorporation, correspondence, memoranda, speeches and testimony, studies and reports, publications of the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses, and printed material are included.
Schomburg Center Collections. Negro Labor Committee Record Group, 1925-1969 + guide book.
The Negro Labor Committee Record Group consists of the complete office files of the Committee and personal papers of Frank R. Crosswaith, founder and chairman of the Committee.
Schomburg Center Collections. Slavery and Abolition of the Slave Trade, 1700-1890: (manuscript collection) + guide book.
Deeds from slave sales, certificates of registry, passes, wills and speeches, letters in regards to the Amistad Mutiny, and abolition letters are included.
Schomburg Center Collections. Universal Negro Improvement Association, Records of the Central Division, New York, 1918-1959. + guide book.
This is a collection of the records of the Universal Negro Improvement Association of the Central Division of New York which include correspondence and subject files.
Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States, from Interviews with Former Slaves prepared by the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938, Assembled by the Library of Congress Project, Work Projects Administration for the District of Columbia.
Narratives of former slaves from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio , Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina and Texas.
Star of Zion.
Publication of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 1884-1970.
State Free Negro Capitation Tax Books, Charleston, South Carolina, ca. 1811-1860 + guide book.
This document lists the names of free blacks who lived in Charleston, S.C. between 1811- 1860.
State Slavery Statutes + guide book
State slavery laws from 1789-1865 for Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
U.S. Customs Service Records: Port of New Orleans, LA, Inward Slave Manifests, 1807-1860.
Inward bound slave manifests, 1807-1860 at Port of New Orleans that includes date of arrival, ship captain, name of vessel, port of origin, the slave’s name, sex, age, height, class, and the owner’s name and residence.
U.S. Customs Service Records: Port of New Orleans, LA, Outward Slave Manifests ,1812-1860.
Outward slave manifests from 1812-1860 from Port of New Orleans that includes Port of destination, and a description of the slaves by name, sex, age, height, and class.
Universal Negro Improvement Association Records. 1921-1986. + guide book.
Included among the records are correspondence, reports, conference proceedings, speeches, minutes and ledger books, membership certificates, and other material relating to the Universal Negro Improvement Association. The majority of the collection dates from 1940-1950