African American Department Collection and State Library Resources

The Eddie and Sylvia Brown African American Collection

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The collection includes more than 45,000 circulating and non-circulating volumes of fiction and nonfiction; microforms and CD-ROMs; and an extensive selection of reference works.


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African American Resources

 Black Short Fiction





Black Short Fiction brings together works by writers from Africa and the African Diaspora, from earliest times to present. It presents traditions ranging from early african oral traditions to Hip Hop and covers fables, parables, ballads, folktales, short stories, trickster tales, story cycles and novellas.

Poppies in the Violet Field: An Exhibit


In honor of Women History Month, this pictorial exhibit highlights the achievements of Outstanding African American women in American History.  Presented here are just a few of the women who were groudbreaking pioneers in a variety of field. They moved a myriad of obstacles in their quest to succeed.



Mapping the African American Experience

Maps help to illustrate the African American experience in Maryland.




The Slave Voyages Database

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database offers researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest movements of people in the history of the world.

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Got To Be Read: Discover Good Books by African American Authors Using the Web


If you’d like to read reviews of books by African American authors, use booklists, lists of award winning or popular and current books you can do just that on websites listed here.

And, you’ll find information about online (and face-to-face) book discussion groups, discussion boards, and social networking sites that focus on books by African American authors.   You’ll be able to express yourself and interact with other people who share your interests in fiction by African American authors.