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Find information about African Americans by searching the full text of millions of books in Google Books and the HathiTrust Digital Library. Note the name of the library that provided the book as well as the book's title, author(s), publisher name and location, date, and the page(s) where the information can be found.
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Letters and Papers
Researchers often find important information in the letters and papers of abolitionists. Black Boston activist William Cooper Nell's papers are particularly helpful, as are the Black Abolitionist Papers and the Letters of William Lloyd Garrison.
Black Abolitionist Papers (in print)
Call Number: E449 .B624 1985 (vols. 1-5)
The Black Abolitionist Papers includes primary sources from African Americans actively involved in the movement to end slavery in the United States (1830-1865). The UD Library also offers the online version
The Frederick Douglass Papers by
Call Number: E449 .D733 (vols. 1-5)
The Harriet Jacobs Family Papers by
Call Number: E444.J17 A4 2008 (vols. 1-2 & CD-ROM)
The Letters of William Lloyd Garrison by
Call Number: E449 .G245 (vols. 1-6)
The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass by
Call Number: Call Number: E449 .D736 (vols. 1-5)
Selected Letters of Lucretia Coffin Mott by
Call Number: HQ1413.M68 S45 2002
William Cooper Nell: Nineteenth-Century African American Abolitionist, Historian, Integrationist; Selected Writings 1832-1874 by
Call Number: E449 .N45 2002
Black Biography, 1790-1950: A Cumulative Index by
Call Number: Reference E185.96 .B53x 1991; Supplement: Reference E185.96 .B532x 2000.
This is an index to 350 historical black biographical dictionaries. In addition to brief biographical information, the book includes geographical and occupational indexes. Additional dictionaries covered by this index are available on microfiche (Micro No. 1974) and some can also be found online at HathiTrust or Google Books.
Freedom's Lawmakers: A Directory of Black Officeholders during Reconstruction by
Call Number: E185.96 .F64 1996 (rev. ed.)
African American Women
Black Women in America by
Call Number: Ref E185.86 .B542 2005 (vols. 1-3)
Date: 2nd ed. 2005
Black Women in Nineteenth-Century American Life: Their Words, Their Thoughts, Their Feelings by
Call Number: E185.96 .B54
Noted Negro Women: Their Triumphs and Activities by
Call Number: E185.96 .M23 1971
We Are Your Sisters: Black Women in the Nineteenth Century by
Call Number: E185.86 .S75 1984
The Work of the Afro-American Woman by
Call Number: E185.86 .M65 1988 (orig. pub. 1894)
Guides to African American Newspapers
The African American Newspaper: Voice of Freedom by
Call Number: PN4882.5 .W37 2006
African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography by
Call Number: Ref PN4882.5 .A37x 1998
Search for books in DELCAT Discovery. Type book titles surrounded by quotation marks (e.g.,"blacks in gold rush california") or topic keywords connected with Boolean operators AND or OR. Capitalize the operators (slavery AND tennessee).
The African-American History of Nashville, Tennessee, 1780-1930: Elites and Dilemmas by
Call Number: F 444 .N29 N45 1999
Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City by
Call Number: F130.N4 P47 2011
Blacks in Gold Rush California by
Call Number: E185.C2 L36