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 History

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)



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"Established on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, we are the Founders of Black History Month and carry forth the work of our founder, the Father of Black History.

We continue his legacy of speaking a fundamental truth to the world–that Africans and peoples of African descent are makers of history and co-workers in what W. E. B. Du Bois called, 'The Kingdom of Culture.' ASALH’s mission is to create and disseminate knowledge about Black History, to be, in short, the nexus between the Ivory Tower and the global public. We labor in the service of Blacks and all humanity."

FROM: The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASAALH) about page

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

ProQuest History Vault
History Vault provides primary source materials from digitized archival collections. Content includes correspondence, government records, organization papers, speeches, and other documents. Noted collections include: Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century, NAACP Papers, Slavery and the Law, and Southern Life and African American History, 1775-1915.

Africa Commons

Global African portal featuring Africana cultural and historical materials.  The database includes art, books, comics, correspondence, diaries, government documents, ephemera, magazines, manuscripts, music, newspapers, oral histories, periodicals, photographs, posters, and a variety of multimedia formats.  A majority of the materials collections are held and maintained by archives, libraries, repositories, and African heritage institutions.

Cambridge Histories Online
This historical reference compendium provides digital access to the Cambridge Histories series. Titles include: "Cambridge History of Africa," "Cambridge History of African American Literature," "Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature," "Cambridge History of Latin America," and "Cambridge History of South Africa."

Oxford Bibliographies
This bibliographic driven database provides access to annotated research guides in African Studies, Childhood Studies, Latino Studies, Music, Public Health and other humanities/social science research areas.

Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535-1922
Created from the Library Company's Afro-Americana Collection — an accumulation that began with Benjamin Franklin and steadily increased throughout its entire history, resource provides access to printed works including books, pamphlets and broadsides, and lesser-known imprints.

African American Periodicals 1825-1995
Database features a diverse collection of periodicals produced by and about African Americans, covering United States slavery through the Million Man March. The publications include academic and political journals, commercial magazines, institutional newsletters, organizations' bulletins, annual reports, and other print media.

Early Encounters in North America 

The Early Encounters in North America database contains foundation literature on the peoples, cultures and environment of North America. Database contains the accounts of early encounters between Native Americans, Africans, and Europeans other at group and personal levels.                                                   

International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP)
IIBP includes current and retrospective bibliographic citations and abstracts from scholarly and popular journals, newspapers and newsletters from the United States, Africa and the Caribbean. Coverage is global in scope and multidisciplinary, spanning cultural, economic, historical, religious, social, and political issues of vital importance to Africana Studies.

African American and African Studies Librarian and Comparative Studies Librarian

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