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African American History and Culture: In the Library

This is a guide to the Library's collection in African American History & Culture. It is not comprehensive, but rather provides a good starting point for research.

Find Sources

Search multiple databases and the library catalog.

Type in keywords, titles, or authors to find what the library has to offer on your topic.

Lookup a journal article by DOI or PMID



If you have a DOI or a PubMed ID (PMID), enter it here to begin your request. This will point you to immediate full-text access through our subscriptions or Open Access (if available).

Subject Headings

This is a list of suggested terms to use in a search for African American History and Culture resources in the Library Catalog:

  • African Americans
  • African American Women
  • African American Men
  • African Americans in Literature
  • African American Authors
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • African Americans -- Social life and customs
  • African American Art
  • African American Artists
  • African Americans -- History
  • Civilization -- African American Influences
  • Slavery -- United States -- History
  • Slaves -- United States -- History
  • Civil Rights
  • Jim Crow

Call Numbers

If you want to browse the collection, these are some call numbers where you can find books about African American History and Culture.

  • E184.5 - 185.98  -- Afro-Americans
    • E185.2-185.89  -- Status and development since Emancipation
    • E185.96 - 185.98 -- Biography. Genealogy
  • ​E441 - 453  -- Slavery in the United States. Antislavery movements


The following titles are available on the main (2nd) floor in the Audio/Visual Room:

Selected Books

These books are in the circulating collection.  You may check them out for three weeks at a time.  When you click on the book, it will take you to the catalog, where you can check whether the book is currently available, or when it is due back, as well as where it is located.

These are available on the third floor in the Reference Room.  They are for in-library use only, but you can make copies of pages as needed.

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