African American Department Collection and State Library Resources

Microfilm / Microfiche Collection

The microform collection includes newspapers, journals, historic books, and personal and organizational papers.


The Christian Recorder 1854 - 1902 
The Crisis 1910 - 1968
Freedom's Journal   March 1827 - 1829 
The Liberator 1831 - 1865 
The Messenger 1917-1928 
Morning Post Apapa, Nigeria, October 1, 1961 - October 27, 1964 
National Anti-Slavery Standard June 11, 1840 - April 16, 1870 
The Negro Worker January, 1931 - September / October, 1937 
The New York Age October 15, 1887 - March 14, 1953 
Opportunity: Journal of Negro Life 1923 - 1949 
Post: Late Reef Edition May, 1965 - December, 1967 
Seen and Heard, Philadelphia, August 26, 1903 - December 30, 1903 
Southern Workman 1892 - 1939 
Voice of the Negro 1904 - 1907 


Benjamin Banneker  
  Benjamin Banneker's Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia Almanack and Ephemeris for the Year of Our Lord, 1792.
  Banneker's Almanack 1793.
  The Virginia Almanack for the Year of Our Lord, 1794.
Petersburg, Virginia, 1794.
  John H. B. Latrobe, Esq. Memoir of Benjamin Banneker, Read Before the Maryland Historical Society.
Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1845.
  (Tyson). A Sketch of the Life of Benjamin Banneker: From Notes Taken in 1836.
Maryland Historical Society, 1854.
  Benson J. Lossing "Benjamin Banneker" in Eminent Americans: Comprising Brief Biographies of Three Hundred and Thirty Distinguished Persons.
New York, 1857.
William Wells Brown  
  A Fugitive Slave: Narrative of William W. Brown.
Boston: Published at the Anti-Slavery Office, 1847.
  The Anti-Slavery Harp: A Collection of Songs.
Boston: Bela Mash, 1849.
  An American Slave: Narrative of William W. Brown.
London: Charles Gilpin, 1849.
  Three Years in Europe: or Places I Have Seen and People I Have Met. With: Memoir of William Wells Brown by William Farmer, Esq.
London: Charles Gilpin, 1852.
  The Black Man: His Antecedants, His Genius, and His Achievements.
New York: Thomas Hamilton, 1863.
  The Negro in the American Rebellion.
Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1867.
  Clatelle: or The Colored Heroine: A Tale of the Southern States.
Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1867.
  The Rising Son: or The Antecedents and Advancement of the Colored Race.
Boston: A.G. Brown and Co., 1847.
  My Southern Home: or The South and Its People.
Boston: A.G. Brown and Co., 1880.
Charles Waddell Chestnutt  
  Frederick Douglas.
New York: Small Maynard and Co., 1899.
  The Wife of His Youth: and Other Stories of the Color Line.
Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1899.
  The Conjure Woman.
Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1899.
  The Marrow of Tradition.
Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, and Co. 1901.
  "A Defamer of His Race,"
The Critic, April, 1901
  "The Disfranchisement of the Negro,"
in The Negro Problem. New York: James Pott and Co., 1903.
  The Colonel's Dream.
New York: Doubleday, Page and Co., 1905.
Frederick Douglass  
  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.
Dublin: Webb and Chapman, 1845.
  Lectures on American Slavery: Delivered at Corinthian Hall, Rochester, NY.
Buffalo, NY: Geo. Reese and Co's Power Press, 1851.
  Oration, Delivered in Corinthian Hall, Rochester, July 5, 1852.
Rochester, NY: Press of Lee, Mann and Co., 1852.
  The Claims of the Negro, Ethnologically Considered: An Address, Before the Literary Societies of Western Reserve College, at the Commencement, July 12, 1854.
Rochester, NY: Press of Lee, Mann and Co., 1854.
  The Anti-Slavery Movement: A Lecture Before the Rochester Ladie's Anti-Slavery Society.
Rochester, NY: Press of Lee, Mann and Co., 1855.
  My Bondage and My Freedom. Introduction by Dr. James M'Cune Smith.
New York: Miller, Orton et Mulligan, 1855.
  Two Speeches: West India Emancipation. Delivered at Canadaigua, August 4. and The Dredd Scott Decision: Speech: Delivered, in Part, at the Anniversary of the American Abolition Society, Held in New York, May 14th, 1857.
Rochester, NY: C. P. Dewey, 1857.
  Eulogy of the Late Hon. Wm. Jay. Delivered on the Invitation of the Colored Citizens of New York City, in Shiloh Presbyterian Church, New York, May 12, 1859.
Rochester, NY: Press of A. Strong and Co., 1859.
  The Future of the Colored Race.
New York, 1886.
  The Lessons of the Hour: An Address in Which He Discusses the Various Aspects of the So-Called But Mis-Called, Negro Problem. Delivered at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, January 9, 1894. Introduction by Ex Senator Bruce.
Baltimore: Press of Thomas and Evans, 1894.
  Three Addresses on the Relations Subsisting Between the White and Colored People of the United States. Delivered in: 1. Louisville, Kentucky, 1893, at a Convention of Colored Men. 2. Washingotn, DC, 1885, at the 23 Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery in the District of Columbia. Introduction by Hon. B. K. Bruce. 3. Washington, DC, 1886, on the 24 Anniverary of the Emancipation in the District of Columbia. Introduction by J. M. Gregory.
Washington, DC: Printers and Bookbinders, 1886.
  The Nation's Problems: A Speech Delivered Before the Bethel Literary and Historical Society in Washington, DC, April 16, 1889.
Frances E. Watkins Harper  
  The Sparrows Fall and Other Poems.
  Moses: A Story of the Nile.
Philadelphia: Merrihew and Son, 1869.
  Sketches of Southern Life.
Philadelphia: Merrihew and Son, 1872.
  Iola Leroy or Shadows Uplifted.
Garrigues Brothers, 1893.
  Atlanta Offering Poems.
Philadelphia, 1895.
  Idylls of the Bible.
Philadelphia, 1900.
Phillis Wheatley  
  Prayer of Phillis' accidentially discovered in her Bible. Sabbath, June 13, 1779.
  An Elegaic Poem on the Reverend and Learned Mr. George Whitefield.
Boston, 1770.
  Poems on Comic, Serious and Moral Subjects.
London: J. French, 1787.
  Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral.
London, 1816.
  Memoir and Poems of Phillis Wheatley, a Native African and a Slave.
Boston: Geo. W. Light, 1834.
  Memoir and Poems of Phillis Wheatley, a Native African and a Slave. Also: Poems By a Slave.
Boston: Isaac Knapp, 1838.
  Letters of Phillis Wheatley, the Negro Slave Poet of Boston.
Boston, 1864.
  Wilson Armistead. "Phillis Wheatley," in Memoirs of West African Celebrities. By Rev. S. Attoh Ahuma.
Liverpool: D. Marples and Co., 1905.
Albery A. Whitman  
  Not a Man and Yet a Man.
Springfield, OH: Republic Printing Co, 1877.
  The Rape of Florida.
St. Louis, Nixon Jones Printing Co., 1884.
  Twasinta's Seminoles: On the Rape of Florida. Revised editions.
St. Louis: Nixon Jones Printing Co., 1885.
  An Idyl of the South: An Epic Poem in Two Parts.
New York: Metaphysical Publishing Co., 1901.
John Greenleaf Whitter  
  National Lyrics.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1866
  A Sabbath Scene.
Boston: John P. Jewett and Company, 1852.
Philadelphia: Joseph Healy, 1838.
  Poems Written During the Progress of the Abolition Question in the United States, Between the Years 1830 and 1838.
Boston: Isaac Knapp, 1837.
Boston: Benjamin B. Mussey and Co., 1850.
  Voices of Freedom and Other Poems.
New York: H. M. Caldwell Co.
Some Early Works on Slavery  
  Speech of Mr. Calhoun, of South Carolina, on the Slavery Question.
Delivered in the Senate of the United States, March 4, 1850.
  Speeches of Hon. John C. Calhoun and Hon. Daniel Webster on the Subject of Slavery.
Delivered in the Senate of the United States, March, 1850. New York: Stringer and Townsend, 1850.
  William E. Channing. Slavery. (Fourth edition, revised)
Boston: James Munroe and Co., 1836.
  Five Hundred Thousand Strokes for Freedom: A Series of Anti-Slavery Tracts.
London: W and F. Cash, 1853.
  Anthony Benezet and John Wesley. Views of American Slavery Taken a Century Ago.
Philadelphia: Association of Friends for the Diffusion of Religious and Useful Knowledge, 1858.
  Charles Elliott. The Bible and Slavery.
Cincinnati: L. Swormstedt and A. Poe, 1859.
  Augustin Cochin. The Results of Emancipation.
Boston: Walker, Wise, and Co., 1863.
  J.E. Cairnes. The Slave Power: Its Character, Career and Probable Designs.
London: Macmillan, 1863.
History Civil and Commercial of British West Indies  
History of Liberty Volumes 1 - 4
History of the West Indies (COKE) Volume 1 - 3

Book Collections

Black Biographical Dictionaries, 1790-1950
  All titles in this set are indexed and available as part of the African American Biographical Database, available for use in library. A full list of the 300 titles in the set is available here
Afro-American Rare Book Collection
  A set of 152 rare booksselected in 1976 from the holdings of the Western States Black Research Center in Los Angeles.

Personal and Organizational Papers

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American Negro Historical Society Collection, 1790 - 1905  
  PA State Equal Rights League To Bannecker Institute 1
  Bannecker Institute to Lundy Philantrophic Society 2
  Benezet Joint Stock Assn. to Lebanon Cemetary 3
  Lebanon Cemetary to J.C. White Sr. Receipts 1835-1837 4
  J.C. White Sr. Receipts, 1836-1838 to J.C. White Jr., 1895-1899 5
  J.C. White Jr., 1872-1898 to William Still 1867-1890 6
  William Still, 1855-1865 to Pythian Baseball Club 1869 7
  Pythian Baseball Club, 1867-1868 to Negro Activities, 1808-1869 8
  Negro Activities Programs, 1870-1879 to Misc. Material 9
  Negro Activities, YMCA Material to B. Gardiner 10
  B. Gardiner to Newspaper Clippings 11
  Newspaper Clippings to Photo Album 12
Gwendolyn Bennett Papers (The Schomburg Center Collections) 1-2
Black Abolitionist Papers 1-17
The Black Power Movement, Part 1:  
  Amiri Baraka from Black Arts to Black Radicalism 1-9
The Black Power Movement, Part 2:  
  The Papers of Robert F. Williams 1-26
Blacks in the U.S Armed Forces: Basic Documents, 1639-1973 1-5
Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters,Records of  
  Series A, Part 2 1-10
John Edward Bruce Papers (The Schomburg Center Collections) 1-4
Alexander Crummell Collection 1-10
Papers of Frederick Douglass 1-34
  (Also available online from the Library of Congress)
W.E.B. DuBois,FBI File on 1
Paul Laurence Dunbar Collection 1-9
Federal Surveillance of Afro-Americans (1917 - 1925):
The First World War, the Red Scare, and the Garvey Movement
Federal Writers' Project - Slave Narratives (Also available online through the Library of Congress)
  Alabama - Arkansas part III 1
  Arkansas part IV - Georgia part II 2
  Georgia part III - Missouri 3
  North Carolina - Oklahoma 4
  South Carolina - Virginia 5
African American Culture and History:
The L.S. Alexander Gumby Collection of Negroiana
Fannie Lou Hamer Papers, 1966 - 1978  
  Correspondence 1967-1968 to Programs 1
  Programs to Correspondence 1967-1969 2
  Correspondence n.d. to Voter Registration 3
  Voter Registration to Correspondence 1975-1978 4
  Correspondence[1978] to Financial Statements Oct-Dec1971 5
  Financial Statements Jan-Feb 1972 to Cancelled Checks 1974-1976 6
  Receipts, 1969 to Check Receipts 1971 7
  Check Receipts 1972 to Check Stubs 1972-1975 8
  Check Receipts 1971-1972 to Contributors Bac-Bell 1969 9
  Contributors Beng-Bay 1969 to Returned Contribution Envelopes 10
  Returned Contribution Envelopes to Corporation Minutes, 1969-1970 11
  Corporation Minutes, 1971 to Day Care Employment Applications 12
  Day Care Employee Records, A-F to NAACP Membership Cards 13
  Correspondence 1967 to Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights 14
  MLK Center to Collected Newsletters 15
  Collected Newsletters to Newspapers 16
  Newspapers 17
Langston Hughes Collection (The Schomburg Center Collections) 1-4
Thurgood Marshall,FBI File on 1
Maryland Colonization Society  
  Correspondence Received Feb. 1831 - Dec. 1833 1
  Correspondence Received 8/1833 - 12/1836 2
  Correspondence Received 1/1837 - 10/1838 3
  Correspondence Received 10/1838 - 10/1843 4
  Correspondence Received Letters Bks. 1843/1844 5
  Correspondence Received Letters Bks. 1847/1849 6
  Correspondence Received Letters Bks. 5/1855 - 10/1857 7
  Correspondence Received Letters Bks.11/1857 - 11/1863 8
  Correspondence Received 1868 - 72 Shipping Apr. 1857 - Oct. 1857 9
  Letter Bks. Shipping Oct. 1857 - Sep. 1860 10
  Letters Bks. Shipping Bill of Lading-Foreign 1834/43 11
  Letters Bks. Foreign 1834-1843 Corres. Sent 1854-56 12
  Correspondence Sent Oct. 1856 - July 1861 13
  Correspondence Sent 1861 - 1866 Shipping 1857 - 1860 14
  Correspondence Sent Shipping 1860 -1867 15
  Correspondence Sent Shipping 1867/1870 Secy. Latrobe 16
  Correspondence Sent State Mgr. Agents 17
  Invoices Financial Records 18
  Ledgers Balance Sheets Bank Books Bills 19
  Bills Aug. 1837 - June 1846 20
  Bills 1846/1864 Check Books 21
  Checks & Misc. Accts. Books Colon. Funds 22
  Special Funds 23
  Subscribers Reports Census 24
  Manumission Lists 1832/1834 25
  Manumission And Copies 26
  Manumissions, Misc. Md. Colon. Journal 1835/1844 27
  Md. Colon. Journal June 1844 - June 1855 28
  XII Newspapers 1855/1857 29
  XIII Colon. Pamphlets 1856 Bks. 1846 30
  XIV Bks. XVI Maps 31
George A. Myers Papers 1890 - 1929  
  Correspondence 1890 - Jul. 1897 1
  Correspondence Aug. 1897 - Feb. 1898 2
  Correspondence Mar. 1898 - May 1900 3
  Correspondence Jun. 1900 - Dec. 1901 4
  Correspondence Jan. 1902 - Dec. 1905 5
  Correspondence Jan. 1906 - Dec. 1910 6
  Correspondence Jan. 1911 - Dec. 1923 7
  Correspondence 1924 - 1929 8
The Organization of African-American Unity (OAAU),FBI File on 1
Race, Slavery, and Free Blacks: Petitions to Southern Legislatures 1777-1867 1-23
A. Philip Randolph,FBI File on 1
Paul Robeson,FBI File on  
  Section 1: Feb 1941 - Nov 1945 to Referrals returned to FBI for release 1
  Section 12: Apr 1956 to Section 21: Jan 1966 - May 1978 2
Slavery and Abolition of the Slave Trade (The Schomburg Center Collections) 1
State Free Negro Capitation Tax Books, Charleston, South Carolina, 1811-1860  
  Tax Books: 1811, 1821-1823, 1826-1827, 1832-1840 1
  Tax Books: 1841-1846, 1848-1851, c.1852, 1855, 1857, 1860 2
Roy Wilkens,FBI File on 1
Carter G. Woodson Collection  
  Containers 1 - 2 1
  Containers 3 - 4 2
  Containers 5 - 6 3
  Containers 6 cont'd - Container 8 4
  Container 8 cont'd 5
  Containers 9 - 10 6
  Containers 10 - 11 7
  Containers 11 - 12 8
  Containers 12 - 13 9
  Container 14 10