[University of South Alabama]

African American Studies

Selected Resources


July 2006
(251) 460-7025
Cubie S.Joor

The following is a guide to library resources that may prove useful. It is not an exhaustive list; please consult a reference librarian for help in locating additional materials.


African-American Architects: A Biographical Dictionary. Ref NA 736 .H47 2004
African-American Art. Ref. N 6538 .N5 P38 1998
African-American Art and Artists
. Ref. N6538 .N5 L38 1990
African-American Traditions in Song, Sermon, Tale, and Dance
. Ref. Z 5956 .A47 S68 1990
African-American Writers: A Dictionary. Ref. PS 153 .N5 A3444 2000
African-American Quotations.  Ref. PN 6081.3 .A36 1998
Biographical Dictionary of Afro-American and African Musicians
. Ref. ML 105 .S67 1982
Black American Women Novelists
. Ref. Index Table #5 Ref. Z.1229 .N39 W47 1989
Blacks in American Films and Television: An Encyclopedia. Ref. PN 1995.9 .N4 B58 1988
Blacks in Black and White: A Source Book on Black Films
. Ref. PN 1995.9 .N4 S2 1995
Black American Writers Past & Present
. Ref. Z1229 .N39 R87
Black Authors and Illustrators of Books for Children and Young Adults:…Ref. Z1037. R63 1999
Contemporary African-African Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook
Ref. PS 374 .N4 C658 1999
History of African-American Artists from 1792 To the Present.
Book Shelves N 6538 .N5 B38 1993
International Dictionary of Black Composers. Ref. ML 105 .I5 1999 v.1-2
Juneteenth: A Novel. Bookstacks PS 3555 .L625 .J86 1999
Masterpieces of African-American Literature. Ref. PS 153 .N5 M264 1992
Modern African-American Writers. Ref. PS 374 .N4 M63 1994
Modern Black Writers
. Ref. PN 841 .M58
Music of Black Americans: A History. Ref. ML 3556 .S74 1997
Norton Anthology of African-American Literature
. Library Reserve PS 508 .N3 N67 1996
Oxford Companion to African-American Literature. Ref. PS 153 .N5 O96 1997
The Schomburg Center Guide to Black Literature from the Eighteenth Century to the Present
Ref. PN 841 .V36 1996
Twentieth-Century African-American Writers and Artists. Ref. NX 512.3 .A35 H43 1990


African-America: Portrait of a People. Ref. E 185.96 .E87 1994
African-American Almanac. Ref. E185 .P55 9th 2003
African American Autobiographers: a Source. Bookstacks PS 366 .A35 A36 2002
African-American Firsts: Famous, Little-Knowns and Unsung Triumphs... Ref. E 185.96 .P68 1994
African-American Firsts in Science and Technology. Ref. Q 14 .W43 1999
African-American Orators: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook. Ref. E 185.96 .A447 1996
Black Women in America. Ref. E 185.86 .vols. 1-3
Contemporary Black Biography. Ref. E 185.96 .C66
Encyclopedia of African Peoples. Ref. DT 15 .E53 2000
Encyclopedia of Black America. Ref. E 185 .E55
Famous American Negroes. Ref. E 185.96 .H8
Great Negroes, Past and Present. Ref. E 185.96 .A4
Index to Afro-American Reference Resources. Ref. Z 1361 .N39 S77 1988
Index to Black American Writers in Collective Biographies. Ref. Z 1229 .N39 C35 1983
Making it in America: a Sourcebook on Eminent Ethnic…Ref. E 184 .A1 M263 2001
Notable Black American Men. Ref. E 185.86 .N68 1999
Notable Black American Women. Ref. E 185.96 .N68 1992
Who's What and Where: A Directory of America's Black Journalists. Ref. PN 4871 .J58
Who's Who In African-American History. Ref. E 185.96 .W46 1994
Who's Who Among African-Americans. Ref. E 185.96 .W52


A. Philip Randolph, Pioneer of the Civil Rights…Bookstacks E 185.97 .R27 P44 1990
ABC-CLIO Companion to the Civil Rights Movement. Ref. E 185.61 .G895 1993
Affirmative Action: A Documentary History. Bookstacks JC 599 .U5 A346853 2001
African-Americans and Civil Rights: From 1619... Bookstacks E 185 .L45 1996
But for Birmingham: The Local and National Movements in the Civil Rights Struggle.
Bookstacks F 334 .B69 N435 1997
Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama:…Bookstacks/ALGU F 334 .B69 N449 200l
Civil Rights Act of 1964: The Passage of the Law. Bookstacks KF 4757 .C59 1997
Easy Burden: The Civil Rights Movement... Bookstacks E 840.8 .Y64 A3 1996
Encyclopedia of African-American Civil Rights from Emancipation to the Present.
Ref. E 185.61 .E54 1992
Encyclopedia of Civil Rights in America.
Ref. E 185.61 .E544 1998
Eyes on the Prize: Civil Rights Reader...(Produced in conjunction with video series with the same name)
Ref. E 185.61 .E95 1992
Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War.
Bookstacks E 185.2 F8 1993
Free at Last: A History of the Civil Rights Movement and Those Who Died in the Struggle.
Bookstacks E 185.61 .B926 1993
Free at Last: The Civil Rights Movements and the People Who Made It.
Bookstacks E 185.61 .P75 1990
Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Civil Rights. Ref E 185.61 E54 2003
How Long?How Long?: African-American Women in the Struggle for Civil Rights.
Bookstacks E 185.61 .R685 1997


African American Desk Reference. Ref. E 185 .A2528 1999
African American Education Data Book. Ref. LC 2717 .N47
African American Historic Places. Ref. E 185 .A2534 1994
African American History in the Press 1851-1899. Bookstacks E 185.2 .A25 1996 v.1-2
African American Newspapers and Periodicals. Ref. Z 6944 .N39 A37 1998
Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience.
Ref. DT 14 .A37435 1999
Africanism in American Culture. Bookstacks E 185 .A26 1991
Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking & Pioneering Historical Events. Ref. E 185 .B574 2000
Black Heritage Sites: An African American Odyssey and Finder's Guide. Ref. E 159 .C65 1996
Black Popular Culture. Book Shelves E 185.86 .B532 1992
Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia. Ref. E 185.86 .B542 1993 v.1-2
Black Women in United States History. Bookstacks E 185.86 .B543 1990 v.1-16
Chronology of African-American History: Significant Events & People from 1619 to the Present
Ref. E 185 .H64 1991
Complete Kwanzaa: Celebrating our Cultural Harvest. Ref. GT 4403 .R56 1995
Dictionary of Afro-American Slavery. Ref. E 441 .D53 1988
Dictionary of Black Culture. Ref. E 185.96 .B3
Dictionary and Catalog of African-American Folklore of the South. Ref. GR 110 .A47 P93 1999
Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities. Ref. LJ 34 .R67 2000
Encyclopedia of African-American Business History. Ref. HD 2344.5 .U6 E53 1999
Encyclopedia of African-American Culture & History. Ref. E185 .E54 1995 v.1-5
Encyclopedia of African-American Education. Ref LC 2717 .E53 1996
Encyclopedia of African-American Heritage. Ref. E 185 .A455 1997
Encyclopedia of African-American Religion. Ref. BR 563 .N4 E53 1992
Encyclopedia of Black Studies. Ref. E 185 .E554 2005
Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Ref. E 185 .E55
From Africa to America: African-American History from the Colonial Era to the Early Republic.
Bookstacks E 185 .P49 1996
Historic Landmarks of Black America. Ref. E 185.53 .A1 1991
Historical & Cultural Atlas of African Americas. Bookstacks E 185 .A8 1991
Historical Statistics of Black America. Ref. E 185 .H5543 1995 vols. 1-2
Jubilee: the Emergence of African American Culture. Bookstacks E 185 .D63 2003
Lift Every Voice: African-American Oratory. Bookstacks E 185.18 .L54 1998
State of Black America. Bookshelves E 185.5 .N33 S72
Statistical Record of Black America. Ref. E 185.6 .S72 (1st ed. 1990)
They Too Call Alabama Home: African American Profiles, 1800-1999.
Archives Ref. E 185 .93 .A3 B34 1999
Timetables of African-American History. Ref. E 185 .A2534 1994


African-American Generals & Flag Officers:… Bookstacks E 181 .H38 1993
African-Americans and World War II. Gov. Docs. D1.2:AF 8
African-Americans at War. Ref. U525 .S88 2004 vols. 1-2
American Patriots. Bookstacks E 185.63 .B93 2001
Black Americans in Defense of our Nation. Gov. Docs. D 1.2: B 56/991
Black Phalanx: African American Soldiers in the War... Bookstacks E 185.63 .W822 1994
Black Profiles in Courage. Bookstacks E 185.96 .A18 1996
Black Soldiers-Black Sailors-Black Ink. Ref. UB 418 .A47 M64 1994
Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops …Bookstacks E 540 .N3 B63 2002
Black Soldiers, White Wars: Black Warriors …Bookstacks E 185.63 .A48 2002
Blacks in America's Wars. Bookstacks E 185.63 .M77 1991
Campfires of the Afro-American's. Bookstacks E 185.63 .G98
Freedom's Soldiers: The Black Military Experience in the Civil War.
Bookstacks E 540 .N3 F74 1998
On the Trail of the Buffalo Soldier: Biographies... Ref. U 52 .O5 1995
War and Race: The Black Officer in the American Military... Bookstacks UB 418 .A47 P37


African-American Leadership. Bookstacks E 185.615 .W314 1999
African-American Women in Congress. Bookstacks E 840.6 .G55 1997
African-Americans and the Living Constitution. Bookstacks KF 4757 .A5 A44 1995
African-Americans at the Crossroads. Bookshelves E 185.615 .L9 1994
Behind the Mule. Bookstacks E 185.615 .D39 1994
Black Americans in Congress, 1870-1989. Gov. Docs. Y1.1/2:13947
Black Elected Officials. Ref. E 185.615 .B531 1985
Black Faces, Black Interest: The Representations of African Americans...
Bookstacks JK 1323 1995
Black Leaders of the Nineteenth Century. Ref. E 185.96 .B535 1988
Blacks and the American Political System. Bookstacks E 185.615 .B5538 1995
Classifying By Race. Bookstacks JK 1063 .U6 C53 1995
Culture and African-American Politics. Bookstacks E 185.615 .H365 1990
Encyclopedia of Minorities in American Politics. Ref. E 184 .A1 E574 2000 vols.1-2
Freedom's Lawmakers. Ref. E 185.96 .F64 1993
From Exclusion to Inclusion. Bookstacks E 185.615 .F76
Politics of Race: African-American and The Political System.
Bookstacks E 185.615 .P549 1995


African American Quotations. Ref. PN 6081.3 .A36 1998
My Soul Looks Back, 'Less I Forget:…Ref. PN 6081.3 .M9 1993
Snaps. Bookstacks PE 3727 .N4 P47 1994
Quotations in Black. Ref. PN 6081.3 .Q67
Wisdom of Martin Luther King, Jr. Ref. E 185.97 .K5 A25 1993


African-American Contributions to Science and Engineering. Gov. Docs. NAS 1.2:AF4
African-American Firsts in Science & Technology. Ref. Q 141 .W43 1999
African Americans in Science, Math, and Invention. Ref. Q 141 .S6285 2003
African-American Medical Pioneer. Ref. R 695 .E67 1994
African-American Women in the Sciences. Gov. Docs. LC 33.10:93-4
American Black Scientists and Inventors. Bookstacks Q 141 .A46
Black Contributors to Science and Energy Technology. Gov. Docs. E1.25:0035
Black Inventors of America. Ref. T39 .B87 1991
Black Pioneers of Science and Invention. Ref. Q 141 .H2 1991
Black Scientists of America. Ref. Q 141 .D67 1990
Blacks in Science and Medicine. Ref. Q 141 .B58 1989
Created Equal: The Lives and Ideas of Black American Inventors.
Ref. E 185.96 .B835 1993
Distinguished African Americans in Aviation and Space Science. Ref. TL 539 .G83 2002
Distinguished African-American Scientists of the Twentieth Century.
Ref. Q 141 .D535 1996
Outward Dreams. Ref. T39 .H37 1991
Pioneers of Discovery. Bookstacks Q 141 .P49 1993
Real McCoy: African-American Invention and Innovation 1619-1930. Ref. T 39 .J28 1989
To Fathom More: African-American Scientists and Inventors. Ref. Q 141 .J46 1996


African American Slave Narratives: an Anthology. Bookstacks E 444 .A23 2001 vols. 1-3
Call to Conscience: the Landmark speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Bookstacks E 185.97 .K5 A5 2001
Dislocating the Color Line: Identity, Hybridity, and Singularity in African-American Narrative.
Bookstacks PS 153 .N5 K38 1997
Lift Every Voice: African American Oratory, 1787-1900. Bookstacks E 185.18 .L54 1998
Slave Narratives. Bookstacks E 444 .S56 2000
Voices of Black America: Major Speeches…(1797-1973) Bookstacks E 185.F592 1975
Witness for Freedom: African American Voices on Race, Slavery, and Emancipation.
Bookstacks E 449 .W84 1993


African-American Sports Greats: A Biographical Dictionary. Ref. GV 697 .A1 F37 1995
Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues. Ref. GV 865 .A1 R473 1994
Black College Sport. Ref. GV 583 .C45 1976
Great Names in Black College Sports. Ref. GV 697 .A1 H85 1996
Hard Road to Glory: A History of the African-American Athlete. Ref. GV 583 .A74 1993 v.1-3
Negro Leagues Book. Ref. GV 863 .A1 N434 1994
Negro Leagues, 1869-1960. Bookstacks GV 875 .N35 H43 2003
Outside the Lines: African Americans …Bookstacks GV 955.5 .N35 R67 1999
Unlevel Playing Field: A Documentary History. Bookstacks GV 706.32 .U65 2003
When the Game was Black and White. Bookstacks GV 875 .A1 C47 1992


(Located in Instructional Media Center, LB60)

African American Art: Past and Present. VHS 1596 1992
African American Heroes of WWII. VHS 2257 1995
Black Press: Soldiers without Swords. PN 4882.5 .B532 1998 CD-ROM
Black Sugar Slavery From the African Perspective. VHS-1602
Buffalo Soldiers. VHS 2256 1996
Civil Rights Movement. VHS 1750 1989
Color Line on Campus. VHS 3185-3
Eyes on the Prize I. VHS 305-I (6 volumes)
Eyes on the Prize II. VHS 305-II (8 volumes)
Famous African-Americans. VHS 2649
Great Black Women Achievers Against the Odds. VHS 1523 1991
Rise and Fall of Jim Crow. VHS 3414 pt. 1-4
Slavery Secret Routes to Freedom. E 441 .S62 2004 CD-ROM
Two Centuries of Black American Art. VHS 224
Black America. PS 3552 .A45 Z52 <Sound Recording>
The First Black Leaders... CT-203 <Sound Recordings>
Great Black Speeches. E 185 .G74 <Sound Recording>
Spectrum in Black; Poems by 20th Century Black Poets. PS 591.N4 56 <Sound Recording>


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Subject searches: keyword searches
afro-americans "african American?"
afro americans in literature "african american?" and literature
afro american musicians "afro american?" and author?
african american art "african american" and art?
afro americans history "african american" and culture
afro americans civil rights "african american?"and "civil rights"
african american inventors "african american" and invent?
afro american scientists "afro american" and scientist?
afro american politicians "afro american" and politic?
afro american soldiers "afro american" and military
afro american athletes "african american" and sport?
afro americans biography "african american?" and biograph?
african American women "afr? american" and religio?
black studies (african or afro) and american
slave narrative slave? and narrative?
  alabama and "civil rights"

Subject or author searches for individual names:  
king martin luther x malcolm
hurston zora neal parks rosa
shabazz el hajj malik wright richard
haley alex washington booker

Keyword and non-print format:
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"buffalo soldiers"(set limits by medium=videorecording)
"eyes and prize"(set limits by medium=videorecording)
"black America"(set limits by medium=sound recording)
"black history month"(set limits by medium=sound recording)


African-Americans in the U.S. Army. http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/topics/afam/afam-usa.htm
African American politicians. http://afroamhistory.about.com/cs/politicians/
African-American Mosaic. http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html
African Diaspora. http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/africa/cuvl/diaspora.html
Afro-American Almanac-Afro-American History Resource. http://toptags.com/aama
African-American Odyssey. http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/aaohtml
Avalon Project: African-Americans-Biography, Autobiography and History. http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/treatise/african_americans.htm
American Slave Narratives. http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/wpa/wpahome.html
Black Inventors Online Museum http://www.blackinventor.com/pages/main.html
Black Studies. http://origin.admin.ccny.cuny.edu/library/blacks.html
Boston African-Americana Project. http://www.bostonafricanamericana.org.
John Henrick Clarke Africana Library. http://www.library.cornell.edu/africana
Library of Congress Online Exhibits. http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/
Research Quick Start Guides to African American Studies.
Resources of the Universal Black Pages. http://www.ubp.com
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. http://www.nypl.org/research/sc/sc.html

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