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  • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Xavier University

DELCAT Discovery

Search DELCAT Discovery to find library resources related to your research topic. Users can limit searches to books, journals and other items held by the University of Delaware Library or search the entire WorldCat database that encompasses millions of titles in libraries throughout the world.

UD items appear at or near the top of the results display. Material not held by the Library (labeled WorldCat Libraries) can be requested via a link that automatically generates an interlibrary loan request form.

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  • Place quotation marks around keyword phrases (e.g., "journal of american history").
  • It is important to click either "View all formats and languages" or "View all editions" to obtain complete information about library holdings. Both links connect to the same page.
  • Boolean logic connectors (AND, OR) must be capitalized (e.g., "19th century" OR "nineteenth century").

Resources for Colored Conventions Research at the University of Delaware

Resources for Colored Conventions Research at the University of Delaware is designed to provide assistance to UD users of and instructors teaching units connected to Colored Conventions: Bringing Nineteenth-Century Black Organizing to Digital Life, a digital humanities project of the University of Delaware.

Another research guide, Resources for Colored Conventions Research: A Guide for National Affiliates and Public Use, is available online. This guide, created for users at other institutions, does not include hyperlinks to UD-subscription databases and University of Delaware Library call numbers for print material.

The two guides were developed for the Colored Conventions Project, directed by Gabrielle Foreman, Ned B. Allen Professor of English and Professor of Africana Studies, University of Delaware.

Resources for Colored Conventions Research at the University of Delaware offers information on a variety of resources. Please select a topic from the list or click a topic tab (above) to explore historical research related to the Colored Conventions.

  • 19th-Century Newspapers: Search library databases and free websites for articles in historical newspapers of the nineteenth century
  • Digital Archives: Browse for digital images of people and settings associated with the Colored Conventions in collections such as the New York Public Library's Africana & Black History and Digital Schomburg collections and the Prints & Photographs of the Library of Congress. Read digitized pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907 (Library of Congress), the Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection (Cornell University) and other useful web resources.
  • Letters/Papers/Books: Look for the letters and papers of well-known African Americans as well as books for background and biographical information
  • Census Records/City Directories: Find information about the Colored Conventions and their delegates by searching for U.S. census records and city directories
  • Petitions Research: Search for petitions in convention minutes, state house and senate journals, historical newspapers and books
  • History/Biography Databases: Learn about databases that provide articles in biographical, history, and 19th-century journal and magazine databases
  • Omeka: Consult video tutorials for information on publishing biographies and adding images to and other Omeka sites

From Off Campus

Most Library online resources can be accessed from off campus by current UD faculty, staff, and students. When using links on these pages, you may be prompted for your UDelNetID and password.

Subject Guide

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Aimee Gee
English & American Literature Librarian
Reference & Instructional Services Dept.

Subject Librarian

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Carol Rudisell
Librarian and Head,
Reference & Instructional Services Dept.
(302) 831-6942

Subjects:Africana Studies, General Reference