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Harlem Renaissance


African Age: New Negro Renaissance
Essay that addresses a few aspects (e.g. social class and gender) of the Harlem Renaissance, alongside an annotated image gallery of pictures and documents from the era.
Artcyclopedia: Harlem Renaissance
Features artist pages for select painters, printmakers, sculptors, and photographers of the movement.   Links are provided to galleries, museums, and online archives that host their work (thumbnails of artwork are provided for most); related websites; articles and reference works; and book previews.
Brief Guide to the Harlem Renaissance
The Academy of American Poets website offers a variety of biographies and essays on the poets and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance.
Harlem 1900-1940: an African American Community
An online exhibit from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the "Timeline" and "Exhibition" portions of this site are detailed, visually interesting, and useful. You can browse this site by date or by one of the following subject categories: activism; arts; business; community; and sports.
Harlem History
"Harlem History presents a wealth of archival treasures and scholarship from Columbia [University] about the history of one of the world's most famous and influential neighborhoods."
National Humanties Center: Freedom's Story
Features relevant essays (e.g. The Image of Africa in the Literature of the Harlem Renaissance).
Perspectives in American Literature: Harlem Renaissance
Characterized by excellent biographical and bibliographic information on many of the Harlem Renaissance's foremost personalities. Detailed chronologies and "important features" sections provide a solid overview of the social and political issues dominating the period.
Rhapsodies in Black
Presents an online exhibition of the art of the Harlem Renaissance.
The Kennedy Center's ArtsEdge: Drop Me Off in Harlem
Features artists of several genres, an interactive historical map of the neighborhood, and essays on themes and variations of the movement.


Harlem Renaissance

Harlem Renaissance 
Howes, Kelly King

Electronic book, viewable in web browser. First section, titled "Almanac", includes several chapters of pre-history and history of the movement. Second section, titled "Biographies", contains 15 profiles on prominent figures of the movement. Entire text is interspersed with primary sources (i.e. poetry, writings, pictures). Includes a timeline.
Call Number: EBOOK
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Harlem renaissance

Harlem renaissance  
Huggins, Nathan Irvin

Written to provide background information and analysis of the Harlem Renaissance, its artists, and their works, while capturing how they intersect with the character and culture of the country at-large.
Call Number: E185.6 .H858 2007
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The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader

The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader 
Lewis, David

A large collection of essays, memoirs, poetry, and fiction of the Harlem Renaissance.
Call Number: PS153 .N5 B63 1994
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African American Biographical Database

The African American Biographical Database (AABD) brings together in one resource the biographies of thousands of African Americans, many not to be found in any other reference source. These biographical sketches have been carefully assembled from biographical dictionaries and other sources.

This extraordinary collection contains extended narratives of African American activists, business people, former slaves, performing artists, educators, lawyers, physicians, writers, church leaders, homemakers, religious workers, government workers, athletes, farmers, scientists, factory workers, and more--both the famous and the everyday person. Their stories are pivotal to an understanding of the Black American experience over the last two centuries.

African American Poetry, Twentieth Century
A database of modern and contemporary African-American poetry from the early twentieth century to the present. Features 10,000 poems by around 70 of the most important African-American poets of the last century.
African-American History and Culture
This electronic encyclopedia includes thousand of entries covering the entire breadth of African-American history - from African beginnings through the slave trade and the Civil Rights Movement to the present. Entries are organized into five sections: Biographies, Encyclopedia, Historical Documents, Gallery and Maps and Charts. Each entry is cross-referenced through hyperlinks and searchable by topic, by historical era, and by keyword.
Black Drama
Starting with Victorian plays and working up to the present, Black Drama from Alexander Street Press  includes plays and biographies, play bills, images, production notes, performance information and much more.
Black Short Fiction
Black Short Fiction from Alexander Street Press 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.

Maintained by the staff of the African American Department, State Library Resource Center, Enoch Pratt Free Library