African and African-American Studies

Region- and Location-Specific Databases

The African American Experience in Ohio, 1850-1920: Selections from the Ohio Historical Society
“This selection of manuscript and printed text and images drawn from the collections of the Ohio Historical Society illuminates the history of black Ohio from 1850 to 1920, a story of slavery and freedom, segregation and integration, religion and politics, migrations and restrictions, harmony and discord, and struggles and successes.”

African Americans in Colonial Williamsburg

African Americans in Early Albany: A Basic Reading List
From the “The People of Colonial Albany Live Here” website.

The African Burial Ground
Website for the national monument in Lower Manhattan.

Afro-American Sources in Virginia: A Guide to Manuscripts
This site provides access to an updated electronic version of Michael Plunkett's book describing the holdings of 26 institutional collections in Virginia. These sources can be searched by keyword, subject, name, historical period, or geographic location.

Links to historical and biographical information about African Americans in early Albany, New York. Part of the Colonial Albany Social History Project.

The Ancient Egypt Site
Images, articles, and bibliography compiled by Egyptologist Jacques Kinnaer.

Black Archives of Mid-America
A database of over 800 images that chronicle the African American experience in the Midwest.

Buganda Home Page
A site describing the history, language, and culture of the people of Buganda. (not an official site)

Chicago’s Black Metropolis: Understanding History Through a Historic Place
This teaching lesson is based on the Black Metropolis, a thematic nomination comprised of eight individual buildings and one public monument. Black Metropolis is one of the thousands of properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Circle Association’s African American History of Western New York
An ongoing project to study the historical presence of Blacks in Buffalo, Rochester, Jamestown, Syracuse, Geneva, Ithaca, Corning, Niagara Falls, Canandaigua, Fredonia, and, in general, western New York State from 1700 to 2000.

Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive
The Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive is an Internet-accessible, fully searchable database of digitized versions of rare and unique library and archival resources on race relations in Mississippi. In executing this effort, The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries seek to: 1) enhance access to primary source material, 2) preserve original materials by creating digital surrogates, 3) create learning opportunities for remote users, and 4) create an infrastructure for a continuing digitization program.

Documenting the African-American Health Care Experience in Michigan: A Guide to Sources
This page documents the African American health care experience in Southeastern Michigan from the early 20th Century through the present from the perspective of both the health care provider and the patient. It includes manuscript and archival resources associated with African American doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals.  From the University of Michigan Historical Center.

Eternal Egypt
Represents a unique partnership to use innovative IBM technologies and services to create an interactive, multimedia experience of Egyptian cultural artifacts, places and history for a global audience. .    includes high-resolution images, three-dimensional reconstructions of Egyptian monuments and antiquities, as well as virtually-reconstructed environments, panoramic images, and panoramic views of present-day Egypt captured by robotic cameras located from the top of Karnak Temple to the streets of Old Cairo.  Provided by the Egyptian Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage and IBM.

The First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820
Consists of 15,000 pages of original historical material documenting the land, peoples, exploration, and transformation of the trans-Appalachian West from the mid-eighteenth to the early nineteenth century. The collection is drawn from the holdings of the University of Chicago Library and the Filson Historical Society of Louisville, Kentucky. Among the sources included are books, periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, scientific publications, broadsides, letters, journals, legal documents, ledgers and other financial records, maps, physical artifacts, and pictorial images.

History of Ancient Egypt
From the University Pennsylvania

Kenyan History

Kingdoms of the Medieval Sudan
Electronic exhibits on the history of the African states of Songhay, Kanem-Bornu, and Hausaland.

Namibia Library of Dr. Klaus Dierks
The most comprehensive web site on Namibian history and engineering infrastructure.

Persistence of the Spirit: African-American Experience in Arkansas
An interpretive study of the people and events that contributed to the black experience in Arkansas. Includes links to: Historical Narrative (highlights of the African-American experience in Arkansas), a Photo Scrapbook (historic images in chronological order), calendar of humanities films and exhibits from the Arkansas Humanities Resource Center, plus other public programs based on African-American culture and history.

Seacoast New Hampshire—Black History

54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Co. I
“Portraying the experience of the African American soldier in the American Civil War in South Carolina.” Part of the Civil War @ Charleston website.