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Colored Conventions Research Project - Occidental College: Letters/Papers/Books

This guide was adapted form the Resources for Colored Conventions Research Guide at the University of Delaware.

Search Google Books and HathiTrust for Digitized Books and Other Materials

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.

If there are no options for printing or downloading, try to take a screenshot of the page that you need and/or check DELCAT Discovery to see if the UD Library holds the book. Books not held by the Library may be borrowed from other libraries through interlibrary loan.

In some cases, you will find your search terms highlighted in the text but won't be able to view the book. If there are copyright restrictions, the entire book will not be displayed.

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Search University of Delaware Library and libraries worldwide for books.  Use the Library of Congress call number provided to identify the book's location (e.g., E185 .E54 1996).
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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.

Biographical Directories

African American Women

Cover Art

Guides to African American Newspapers

Geographic Places

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).