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African American Studies: Primary Sources

This guide points out essential tools and resources for researching African Americans through history including contemporary times and issues.

Primary sources in the catalog

Relevant subject headings

The following links lead to Library of Congress subject heading searches in the CBBcat. These same subject headings can find relevant books in any academic library catalog.

Advanced searches

Any of these subjects can be combined in a CBBcat Advanced Search with Subject: diaries OR correspondence OR narratives OR sources OR speeches OR interviews to locate primary sources in published form.

Other catalogs

Though you will probably start with CBBcat, don't end there.

Historical Newspapers

Other Historical Sources

Oral histories

Collected papers