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Slavery and African-American Primary Sources
>> Also check our Africana Studies guide, created by Christine Oka.
African American Odyssey - the Civil Rights Movement
The exhibition African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship,showcases the incomparable African American collections of the Library of Congress. With over 240 books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings, this is the largest Black history exhibit ever held at the Library.
Anti-Slavery Collections at the Boston Public Library
Rich primary source materials available in the Copley Square main branch of BPL.
Autobiography: Slave Narratives, Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature
Get an overview of the North American slave narrative, with recommendations for further reading.
Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed
Website provides an online reference guide of African American and Global African history, full-text primary documents and major speeches of black activists and leaders.
Born in Slavery:Slave Narratives (Federal Writers Project/Library of Congress)
Over 2,000 slave narratives from the Federal Writers' Project (1936 -1938), at the Library of Congress. Includes significant supporting material about the origins, significance, and limitations of the collection, and about using it in teaching.
Frederick Douglass Papers (Library of Congress)
Original documents by and about the great abolitionist, journalist, and memoirist.
North American Slave Narratives
The full text of known slave narratives published as broadsides, pamphlets, or books in English prior to 1920. Available for reading or to download for text mining and similar analysis projects.
Samuel J. May Antislavery Papers (Cornell)
Original papers by abolitionist and reformer who came from Boston and worked with the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery society.
Slave Voyages (Emory University)
Great for visual displays (maps, timelines and data) of the transatlantic slave trade.
Northeastern Archives and Special Collections
African American Archives and Special Collections at NU
The NU Archives are a resource for the records of individuals and organizations connected to Greater Boston's African American communities. Some materials are online, others can be consulted in person in Snell Library. Most collections are open to the public.
The 1619 Project
1619 Project (New York Times)
Marking the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first African slaves in North America, the New York Times initiated a series of historical, analytical, and interpretive content examining the legacy of slavery. Published August 2019.