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Electronic Resources for Black Studies

The purpose of this research guide is to focus on key Electronic Resources for Black Studies, with an emphasis on African American experience in the United States.

Exhibits & Museums

African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP)

(AAMP) is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. The link above goes to the Museums Online Collections Database.

African-American Panoramic Experience

The museum has a few online exhibits, linked above.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

This museum dedicates itself to exploring and celebrating the rich cultural legacy of African Americans.

The DuSable

The DuSable Museum of African American History is a Chicago community institution and the first non-profit Museum dedicated to the collection, documentation, preservation, study and the dissemination of the history and culture of Africans and African Americans. 

National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM)

The museum documents the American civil rights movement and tells the story of the ongoing struggle for human rights. 

National Museum of African American History and Culture (Smithsonian)

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Is a museum of conscience, an education center, a convener of dialogue, and a bea­con of light for inclusive freedom around the globe

The Museum of African American History

the Museum has preserved two historic sites and two Black Heritage Trails® that tell the story of organized black communities from the Colonial Period through the 19th century

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Includes not only timelines but thematic essays, maps and links for related resources.

Oh, Freedom! Teaching African American Civil Rights Through American Art at the Smithsonian

Includes a timeline, lesson plans, a discussion board and supplemental resources


African American Artists at the National Gallery of Art

An online slideshow of 27 of the more than 400 works by African American artists in the NGA collections. Works by 19 different artists are presented.

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond (Smithsonian Museum of American Art)

This used to be a robust, fully digital version of a Smithsonian exhibit. Sadly, images of the works displayed have now been removed. But you can still read the exhibit narrative and download a complete list of the works displayed.

Black Panthers

Michigan State University Libraries Digital Collection.

Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue

From the National Museum of African Art and the Camille O. and William H. Cosby Jr. collection

Fashion and Race Database Project

Intersections between fashion, race, and colonialism, by Parsons School of Design professor.

Forsaken: The Digital Bibliography

Library of Virginia's collections Ross Howell Jr. used in novel.

Portrait of Black Chicago (National Archives and Records Administration)

From June through October 1973 and briefly during the spring of 1974, John H. White, a 28-year-old photographer with the Chicago Daily News, worked for the federal government photographing Chicago, especially the city`s African American community. White took his photographs for an EPA project but saw his work as a way "to capture a slice of life."

Romare Bearden Foundation

Explore the life and art of the eminent 20th century African American artist through the website of this foundation devoted to his legacy.

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