Binghamton University Libraries' Special Collections includes a number of excellent resources for the study of peoples of African descent. The items can only be viewed in person between 10am-4pm Monday-Friday. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or requests.
A digital collection of works by 52 authors. Option to keyword search. Includes fiction, poetry, and essays. Some early-20th century works are also included. (Schomberg Center, NYPL)
Provides links to the five collections of materials in the Library of Congress detailing African American life and culture. Highlights include slave and other personal narratives, sheet music, sound recordings of the blues, pamphlets, and collections on Jackie Robinson, Fredrick Douglass, and Zora Neale Hurston. (Library of Congress)
A digital library of texts, audio clips, and images that focus on the African-American experience in the South, with particular attention given to North Carolina. Great online source for primary documents. (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
The Wisconsin Historical Society has digitized the full run (1827-1829) of Freedom's Journal, the first newspaper that was owned and operated by African Americans in the United States. (Wisconsin Historical Society)
Yale’s collection of important African American writers includes the papers of Claude McKay, Lloyd Richards, as well as the Black Panther Trial Sketches. Additional info about these collections can be found at blog, African American Studies at the Beinecke. (Yale University)
The Smithsonian's newest museum exists virtually. Includes digital collections of photographs on the Civil Rights movement and black resistance, as well as audio files from Story Corps. (Smithsonian)
The preeminent collection of archival material on the experience of people of African descent. Particularly strong in African American experiences, and to a lesser extent Caribbean experiences. Includes significant materials on the Harlem Renaissance, as well as excellent collections of photographs, art and artifacts, and sound recordings relating to black culture. Check out their list of digitized finding aids to get a sense of what manuscripts and collections are available. (Schomberg Center, NYPL)
Digital collection of books and pamphlets about slavery in the United States from the 19th century. Publications are from the Millersville University Library and Dickinson College Library.