African American Photo Collection, 1850-2000
African Americans in Delaware, 1890, U.S. Census
The African in Canada: The Maroons of Jamaica and Nova Scotia
Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy, 1718-1820 (Slave) (Also called Louisiana Slave Records)
Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy, 1719-1820 (Free)
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina Black Deaths 1871-89
Freedman’s Bank Records, 1865-1874
Freedmen’s Bureau Marriage Records
Illinois Servitude and Emancipation Records, 1720-1865
Louis Hughes, Thirty Years a Slave, 1832-62
Louisiana Slave Records (Also called Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy, 1718-1820)
New Orleans, Louisiana, Slave Manifests, 1807-1860 (World Archives Project)
U.S. Colored Troops Military Service Records, 1861-1865.
Records of the more than 178,000 men who served in the U.S. Colored Troops regiments during the Civil War
U.S. Census Records, 1850 and 1860 Slave Schedules
U.S. Freedmen Bureau Records of Field Offices, 1865-1872
Note: there are many more databases available in Ancestry.com (personal subscription) than in Ancestry Library Edition.
Comprehensive resources or lists of African-American newspapers are difficult to find. The following information offers useful starting points.
The Colored American (Washington, DC)
Location: Internet (available in Chronicling America) (1899-1904)
The Colored American (New York, NY)
Location: Library Databases (restricted to University of Delaware) (available in Accessible Archives) (1837-1841)
Freeman (Indianapolis, IN)
Location: UD Library Microfilm S 2239 (Lib. has:1888-1916)
Norfolk Journal and Guide (Norfolk, VA)
Location :UD Library Microfilm S 154 (Lib. has: 1916-1917, 1921-1966)
Article about the Journal and Guide (PBS).
Location: UD Library Microfilm S 182 (Lib. has: 1911-1912,1923-1950)
Article about the Pittsburgh Courier (PBS)
Richmond Planet (Richmond, VA)
Location: Internet (available in Chronicling America) (1883-1938)
The Washington Bee (Washington, DC)
Location: Internet (available in Chronicling America) (1884-1922)
The National Era (Washington, DC)
Location: Library Databases (restricted to University of Delaware) (available in Accessible Archives) (1847-1860)
An abolitionist newspaper, not an African American paper. Covered many topics related to slavery and current events.
Search for subject African American newspapers in DELCAT Discovery.
Guides to African American Newspapers
Pinick, Timothy N. Finding and Using African American Newspapers. Wyandotte, OK: Gregarth Publishing Co., 2008. Not available at the University of Delaware Library.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers — Black Newspapers collection. Not available at the UD Library.
Provides full text of: Atlanta Daily World (1931–2003); The Baltimore Afro-American (1893–1988); Chicago Defender (1910–1975); Cleveland Call & Post (1934–1991); Los Angeles Sentinel (1934–2005); New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993); The Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921–2003); The Philadelphia Tribune (1912–2001); Pittsburgh Courier (1911–2002).
The Black Press Held By The Library of Congress
Caution: created in 1991, so the holdings information is not current. Still useful as a list of titles.
Useful subject words for searching library catalogs
Maryland and Delaware, Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1872, Wilmington, Delaware. Image 6 of 19; citing NARA microfilm publication M1906 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.). FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89MX-B87G?cc=1989156&wc=9C3M-DPD%3A266115201%2C266116001)
Manumission was under the jurisdiction of the Virginia legislature until 1782. During that period governmental action was required for manumission. See article: Ahrens, Toni, and Paul Finkelman. "Emancipation." In Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619–1895: From the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass: Oxford University Press, 2006. http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780195167771.001.0001/acref-9780195167771-e-0184.
B.A., History. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1973.
M.S., Library Science. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1981.
There is a growing number of resources on this topic, both in print and on the web. Recommended search term for library catalogs and for internet searching:
african americans "world war i "
The space after "world war i" eliminates "world war ii" from the search
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