“The Digital Library on American Slavery offers data on race and slavery extracted from eighteenth and nineteenth-century documents and processed over a period of eighteen years. The Digital Library contains detailed information on about 150,000 individuals, including slaves, free people of color, and whites. These data have been painstakingly extracted from 2,975 legislative petitions and 14,512 county court petitions, and from a wide range of related documents, including wills, inventories, deeds, bills of sale, depositions, court proceedings, amended petitions, among others. Buried in these documents are the names and other data on roughly 80,000 individual slaves, 8,000 free people of color, and 62,000 whites, both slave owners and non-slave owners.”–From the website.
“In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience presents more than 16,500 pages of texts, 8,300 illustrations, and more than 60 maps. The Web site is organized around thirteen defining migrations that have formed and transformed African America and the nation.”–From the Website.
Gale Cengage Learning offers this page of free Black History Month resources which include activities, biographies, helpful links, a timeline, and more.
Memphis television station WHBQ offers this site as an archive of footage that their reporters made of the sanitation strike in Memphis in 1968, which includes footage of press conferences, marches, and events which occurred after Dr. King was killed. There is also other information on the Civil Rights movement, the post Civil Rights era, and the Obama era.
The Library of Congress offers links to its digital collections relating to W. E. B. Du Bois on this site. The site also includes links to external sites that have information on Du Bois.
“An Era of Progress and Promise is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of education, the development of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Negro Business League, religion in the United States, or African-American society in post-Emancipation America.”–From the web site. You can read the book online here in this database, as well as find profiles of signifigant institutions like churches and schools, and find biographical information on some influential African-Americans from this period of American history.
“The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade database has information on almost 35, 000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. It offers researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history.”–From the web site. The principal sponsor of this project is the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the projcect is an Emory University Digital Library Research Initiative.
“Many information centers are beginning to reveal and promote materials relating to African American history that are housed in their respective facilities. In hopes of enhancing access, dozens of institutions are digitizing such materials. This website reviews several existing websites and digitization projects and lists noteworthy digitization projects that are forthcoming.”–From the web site. Cornell University Library offers this web site and includes a link to what it considers the best African American digital collections.
The New York Public Library offers this collection of photographs of 19th Century African Americans as a Digital Schomburg collection. The photographs can be searched by by category, and visitors also have the option of searching the photographs by keyword.
Materials, including images, pamphlets, letters, maps, and more, from the diverse Library of Congress digital collections, on the contribubutions made by African Americans to the arts, education, industry, literature, politics, and other areas are found on this site.
The Library of Congress has created this central starting point for those interested in accessing the many resources they have. Be sure to check out the “Collections” section to view all of the library’s digital collections. Images and multimedia resources are also available.
“The HBCU Digtal Collection provides electronic access to the archives and special collections of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This unique collectin of digital images opens the door to the treasures of HBCUs that have a special and historic legacy in the education of Black Americans. The digital library will foster research and teaching opportunities for scholars in fields of African American Studies, the American South, American Democracy, cultural pluralism and in other related academic disciplines.”–About the Site.