Explore the history and culture of African Americans throughout the African Diaspora. Contact us or visit.
Browse the shelves, check the online catalog, or ask staff to help find the best resources for your own interests. Items can be sent to your local branch for free.
Are you trying to find your roots?
If you’re getting stuck researching your family tree, or just don’t know how to get started, this guide should be helpful to you.
Includes tips for collecting family history, types of documents to look for, and lists of resources to dig deeper.
Web guides contain recommended links for researching particular topics, such as:
Created and maintained by Maryland State Library Resource Center librarians at Pratt Library.
The Afro was one of the most widely circulated African American newspapers. Contributors included writer Langston Hughes, intellectual J. Saunders Redding, artist Romare Bearden, and sports editor Sam Lacy. To see Baltimore history unfold, start here.
Search the transcribed text, browse whole issues, and see complete scanned pages as images for the original context.
Get free access online with your library card number, or on site at any Pratt library.
Historic items held by Maryland institutions are digitized by Digital Maryland at the Pratt Library. African American collections include: