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Africana Studies

Africa - General

Africa South of the Sahara
Produced at Stanford University this is a scholarly site for African studies, searchable, and also organized by topic and country. Contains current and historical information.
This website includes several searchable bibliographies: the Bibliography of Africana Periodical Literature, the African Women's Database, and Women Travelers, Explorers and Missionaries to Africa, 1763-2006. 
African Human Rights Resource Center
From the University of Minnesota, this metasite links to organizations, commissions, bibliographies, etc.
African National Congress
This is the official ANC web site. It has speeches, documents, policy statements, press releases, etc.
African Studies Center (U.Penn)
Country websites, maps, and news feeds focus on contemporary Africa.
African Studies Internet Resources (Columbia University)
Well-organized and quite comprehensive listing of Internet resources accessible by topic, organization, country, or region.
Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography
A bibliography of research guides to African studies. The arrangement is by region, country, or language. The sources listed are generally print and microforms.
Ethno-Net Africa
Sponsored by UNESCO, this site is a networking tool for "social scientists engaged in comparative research, monitoring and evaluation of ethnic conflicts and social change in Africa."

Africana - Guides to Research Collections

African Collections at UC Berkeley .
Guides to Africana library collections at UC Berkeley.
Afro-American Sources in Virginia: A Guide to Manuscripts
A guide to manuscript repositories. Arranged by repository. Entries give a brief overview of each collection. Record types include plantation records, church and Bible records, diaries, photographs, medical records, business records, family papers, state and local records, etc. It is possible to search this guide along with a similar guide for North Carolina.
Amistad Research Center
From Tulane University's Center, the largest independent African American archives in the United States. The site has a listing of its manuscript holdings, periodical holdings, and general information about the Center.

African-American - Reference

The African-American Mosaic
Black history and culture resource guide, with primary sources, from the Library of Congress. 
Facts on the Black or African American Population
Current data from the Bureau of the Census. 

African-American - General

African American Odyssey
Several online Library of Congress collections of primary sources highlighting many facets of the African-American experience. 
Africans in America
Created by PBS this web site documents America's journey through slavery from 1450 to 1865.  The Resource Bank contains primary sources. 
Black History Quest
Collection of links to African American web pages.
The Booker T. Washington Papers
The full-text of the 14 volume set of the Washington papers are digitized and searchable here. A separate “Images” category has access to the illustrations in this set.
Digital Schomburg Images of 19th Century African Americans
Rich collection of images of African American life in the 19th century from the collections of the Schomburg collection at the New York Public Library.
The Frederick Douglass Papers
From the collections of the Library of Congress.
Freedmen's Bureau Online
This commercial site includes some Freedmen's Bureau records and links to African American genealogical sites.
The History of Jim Crow
Designed to accompany a PBS documentary, The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, this web site is directed at high school students and teachers.  The category of history is perhaps the most important aspect of the site. Other categories include geography, television, and literature.
The Jackson Davis Collection of African-American Educational Photographs
Over 5,000 photographs taken from 1910-1930 are digitized from the University of Virginia's Special Collections department. In addition to educational photographs there are some of general interest.
Museum of Afro-American History, Boston
This site acts as a clearinghouse to additional museums in the United States. A variety of information is available including historical analysis. An excellent site.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
The center, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, is in process of forming in August 1999. The home page includes a link to "history." This site plans to have comprehensive coverage of the part the Underground Railroad played in the antebellum period.
Resources in Black Studies
From the University of California at Santa Barbara, an excellent index to websites covering organizations, historical texts, politics and government, the African Diaspora, news media, radio & TV, religion, art and music, online magazines, etc.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
An overview of the Schomburg Center is followed by links to specific aspects of the Center's collections, e.g. manuscripts and archives, images, and catalogs. This is followed by links to sites dealing with the African Diaspora. Check Carrier Library's Leonardo Catalog for access to a major Schomburg collection on microfiche.
Through the Lens of Time: Images of African Americans from the Cook Collection
Ca. 300 images from a huge collection of photographs at the Virginia Commonwealth University's library are available at this web page. Search engines are available.
To Be More Than Equal: The Many Lives of Martin R. Delany, 1812-1885
This site has a large number of links to the first Black man who was a field officer in the Union Army during the Civil War. In addition to a search engine there are time lines, bibliographies, links to his writings, etc.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin and American Culture: A Multimedia Archive
The University of Virginia presents this massive collection of documentation on Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Texts, images, songs, films, etc. are presented. After entering the site there are search, browse, and interpret categories. Scholarly.
Without Sanctuary: Photographs and Postcards of Lynching in America
This site has a series of lynching photographs and postcards. In addition to the pictures there is a movie format with a narrator discussing the images.

African-American - Slavery

American Slave Narratives - An Online Anthology.
This site has an anthology of slave narratives taken from the mid-1930's as part of the WPA's program of supporting researchers. This site has links to bibliographies on the subject and to additional Internet sources of slave narratives. These slave narratives are available in a printed format as The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography. This is available in Carrier Library in 41 volumes @ E 444 A45.
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
Ca 2,300 slave narratives are available at this site. Search engines are available. Sponsored by the American Memory project at the Library of Congress.
Excerpts from Slave Narratives
Brief excerpts of slave narratives are available at this web page. A notation on each narrative lists the published source of the full narrative.
From Slavery to Freedom: The African American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909
Ca. 400 pamphlets are in this collection from the Library of Congress's American Memory Project. Much of the sources are pre-1865. Indexed.
Geography of Slavery in Virginia
A searchable digital collection of newspaper advertisements for runaway slaves, as well as essays and supporting documents. 
The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition
The Yale University Center for International and Area Studies has this site highlighted by documents. Other categories of interest include a separate section of documentation and analysis on the Amistad case. Links to bibliographies are also available.
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
This repository has ca. 70,000 items on slavery and African Americans. Located here are links to bibliographies, excerpts from slave narratives, and WPA life histories taken during the Great Depression.
Testimony of the Canadian Fugitives
Testimony taken in the 1850's in Canada from fugitive slaves.

African-American - Organizations and Societies

African American Organizations
This site is a clearinghouse for organizations for African American culture and history.
NAACP Online
The official web site.
The Nation of Islam Online
An overview of the Nation of Islam is followed by areas as press releases, speeches, news, current information from The Final Call, etc.
The National Urban League
Home page for this organization.

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