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Africana Studies: Primary Sources & Digital Collections

A guide for research in African American and African Studies


Looking for first person stories? Check the new resource   

Click on the logo above to access the digital archives of oral history interviews with almost 3,000 historically significant African Americans.

Primary sources and secondary sources.

Multimedia Collections

  Music and Video Online links to multimedia sources, such as

with music from around the world (click on list below to browse the locations).


Some newer forms of music and dance, such as pantsula, are covered by newspapers, such as The Guardian


AVON  Academic video Online is produced by the Alexander Street Press. Click on the logo to begin browsing/searching for videos.


   Click on the kanopy logo for the 
online film collection.

NJVID, New Jersey State of the Art Video Access is "a statewide video portal & repository that provides a common online platform for presentation, storage and archiving of digital works" provides access to approximately 600 films ranging from the documentary, "Super Size Me" to television programs, such as "A Century of Black Cinema" or "African Underground: HipHop in Senegal".

Image Collections

ArtSTOR  is a digital library of nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, photography, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images. Specialized collections arranged geographically by country.

Wikimedia Commons is a database of media files (images, sounds and video) to which anyone can contribute, making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content. 

Digital Collections

There are primary sources on African history from the History guide.


Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture and Law is a collection of documents and publications accessed through your MyNEU credentials. Alum may register and create an account---there is no charge.