Africana Studies

A Guide to African, African American, and Africans in the Diaspora Resources

Oxford African American Studies Center

Oxford African American Studies Center  A digital compendium of historical and cultural Africa, African American, and Africans in the Diaspora resources. 

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Africana Archives

The African-American Mosaic  

A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the  

Study of Black History & Culture

 LOC The African American Mosaic

Librarian's Choice

"The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture. A noteworthy and singular publication, the Mosaic is the first Library-wide resource guide to the institution's African- American collections. Covering the nearly 500 years  of the black experience in the Western hemisphere, the Mosaic surveys the full range size, and variety of the Library's collections, including books, periodicals, prints, photographs, music, film, and recorded sound. Moreover, the African-American Mosaic represents the start of a new kind of access to the Library's African-American collections, and, the Library trusts, the beginning of reinvigorated research and programming drawing on these, now systematically identified, collections."

FROM: The African-American Mosaic Introduction, 2010

The African-American Mosaic, Revised

Sections: Colonization | Abolition | Migration | WPA

Welcome to the African American and African Studies Research Site, your information gateway for research, teaching, and learning.  Feel free to contact me for your research and classroom needs.        

                                                                      Leta Hendricks 

Archive Directories


The Research Libraries Group (RLG) Archive Grid provides access to archival records and finding aids.  The RLG includes the massive Archival and Mixed Collections file.

Archive Finder


This ProQuest archive directory provides location and descriptions of primary source materials available in United States, United Kingdom and Ireland repositories. Database includes the Directory of Archives and Manuscript Repositories in the United States and the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC).

Archives Library Information Center (ALIC) Online Public Access Catalog  


The ALIC catalog contains United States history, biographical information, and government documents.



Open Access Digital Resource Catalog. Catalog contains records of open access multidisciplinary digital resources available including: digitized books, journal articles, newspapers, manuscripts, and other materials.

USC Libraries' Directory of National Archives


The directory provides links to available sovereign nation’s official web sites of national archives.


Archive Databases

Adam Matthew Explorer

Adam Matthew Digital collaborates with archives, libraries and research institutions to provide access to primary source databases and curated collections for the humanities and social sciences.   Databases include: African American Communities, Apartheid South Africa, 1948 – 1980, Confidential Print, Gender Identity and Social Change, Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975, Race Relations in America, Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, and  Women in the National Archives.

African American Communities                                                                                      

Database archive focuses on Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, New York, and North Carolina African American communities. Resource contains a diverse collection of primary source materials including: art, documents, oral histories, community case studies, essays, images, realia, and video. African American life, history, and culture is distinctively represented.

Archives Unbound                                                                                                                      

Archives Unbound strength is the representation of multidiscipline subject  clusters including African American Studies; American Indian Studies; Asian Studies; Holocaust Studies; LGBT Studies; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Middle East Studies; and Women’s Studies. These digital collections are comprised of historical documents which allows access to primary resources for scholars and students. 

The Black Studies in Video                                                                                                    

The Black Studies in Video is a primary resource delivering a distinctive visual and timely documentation of Africans in America. This momentous collection features archives from The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBU) documenting this era in American history.  The Black Studies in Video covers culture, family, history, politics, and other aspects of Africans in America.

The HistoryMakers Digital Archive 

HistoryMakers is an online African American video oral history archive. The database contains full-text and video interviews with distinguished members of the African American community and contributors to American society. The collection includes interviews of President Barack Obama, General Colin L. Powell, attorney Marian Wright Edelman, and artist Leon Stull, Marvel Comics graphic artist. Database functions include: captioned video playback, video clip creation, and searchable transcripts.

ProQuest History Vault                                                                                                               

History Vault provides primary source materials from digitized archival collections. Content includes correspondence, government records, organization papers, speeches, and other documents. 

Readex AllSearch
Readex provides primary resources collections I the areas of culture, literature, and history.  Americana collections includes a rich collection of African American, Hispanic, and Women Studies books, correspondence, diaries, documents, periodicals, newspapers, realia, and speeches.

Digital Libraries and Archives

Umbra: Search African American History                                                                          

Umbra is an online search tool that brings together digitized materials from United States archives, libraries, and repositories. The free digitalized content provides wider access to Africana history, culture, and life. Umbra is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Libraries, Penumbra Theatre Company, Institute of Museum and Library Services and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Connecting Africa                                                                                                                             

This site provides access to research and publications in African studies. It also provides information on researchers and organizations that focus on Africa. It is hosted by the African Studies Center at Leiden University.

Digital Library Directory (DLD)                                                                                                           

DLD is a directory of the best digitized archive collections and library resources. All sites are open access and digital formats are viewable and usable by the general public.

Digital Library for International Research (DLIR)                                                                                                 

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers and the American Institute for Yemeni Studies deliver important bibliographic and full-text primary and secondary source information from member centers research collections. Digital resources include: The DLIR Archive, he African Language Materials Archive (ALMA), and The Local Archives and Libraries Directory.


The Public Library and Digital Archive contains free information and software for art, culture, history, literature, music, politics, and science. The site is operated by the Center for the Public Domain and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Library Without Walls                                                                                                             

Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library (LANL) site provides access to global scientific and technical resources. Resources include articles, conference papers, databases, proceedings, reports, and technical standards.

African American and African Studies Librarian and Comparative Studies Librarian

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Leta Hendricks
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