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History: Black American History

Black life: databases and digital collections

Slavery and African-American Primary Sources

>> Also check our Africana Studies guide, created by Christine Oka.

Northeastern Archives and Special Collections

What are primary sources?

Primary sources are first-hand sources created at the time of a particular event or period.

Finding archives with sources on your topic:

Primary sources can be found online, reproduced in printed books, or in their original form in archival collections.  To find out which American archives have manuscripts and records on your topic, search ArchiveGrid.  See our ArchiveGrid tutorial.

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The 1619 Project

New York Times Logo initial1619 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.