African-American Studies: Open Access

Open Access Resources: General and United States

1853 Richmond and its Slave Market (Digital Scholarship Lab, University of Richmond, VA)
"In the mid-nineteenth century, tens of thousands of men, women, and children were bought and sold in Richmond's slave market. This video provides a visual overview of the city in 1853, highlighting the auction houses and slave jails that were at that moment the nucleus of human trafficking in one of the most prominent hubs of the domestic slave trade."

African Activist Archive Project (Michigan State University)
"The African Activist Archive is preserving and making available online the records of activism in the United States to support the struggles of African peoples against colonialism, apartheid, and social injustice from the 1950s through the 1990s."

American Memory: African American History (Library of Congress)
Eight distinctive collections relating to African-American history, including historic pamphlets, documents, and multiformat exhibits.

Amistad Research Center
"The Amistad Research Center is committed to collecting, preserving, and providing open access to original materials that reference the social and cultural importance of America's ethnic and racial history, the African Diaspora, human relations, and civil rights."

Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South
"The Behind the Veil Oral History Project was undertaken by Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies from 1993 to 1995. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the primary purpose of this documentary project was to record and preserve the living memory of African American life during the age of legal segregation in the American South, from the 1890s to the 1950s..."

Black Abolitionist Archive (University of Detroit Mercy)
"From the 1820s to the Civil War, African Americans assumed prominent roles in the transatlantic struggle to abolish slavery. In contrast to the popular belief that the abolitionist crusade was driven by wealthy whites, some 300 black abolitionists were regularly involved in the antislavery movement, heightening its credibility and broadening its agenda. The Black Abolitionist Digital Archive is a collection of over 800 speeches by antebellum blacks and approximately 1,000 editorials from the period. These important documents provide a portrait of black involvement in the anti-slavery movement; scans of these documents are provided as images and PDF files."

Black Liberation 1969 Archive
"The Black Liberation 1969 Archive chronicles the history of the black student protest movement at Swarthmore College by finally bringing forward the experiences of the students who organized and executed a series of nonviolent direct actions and negotiations at Swarthmore College."

Black Press Research Collective
"The Black Press Research Collective  (BPRC) is an interdisciplinary group of scholars committed to generating digital scholarship about the historical and contemporary role of black newspapers in Africa and the African Diasporas."

Civil Rights Greensboro (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
"Civil Rights Greensboro provides access to archival resources documenting the modern civil rights era in Greensboro, North Carolina, from the 1940s to the early 1980s."

Colored Conventions (University of Delaware. Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center)
"From 1830 until well after the Civil War, free and fugitive Blacks came together in state and national political 'Colored Conventions.' . . . ColoredConventions.org endeavors to transform teaching and learning about this historic collective organizing effort—and about the many leaders and places involved in it—bringing them to digital life for a new generation of undergraduate and graduate students and researchers across disciplines, for high school teachers, and for community members interested in the history of church, educational and entrepreneurial engagement."

Digital Harlem: Everyday Life 1915-1930
"The Digital Harlem website presents information, drawn from legal records, newspapers and other archival and published sources, about everyday life in New York City's Harlem neighborhood in the years 1915-1930."

Digital Library on American Slavery (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
"The Digital Library on American Slavery is an expanding resource compiling various independent online collections focused upon race and slavery in the American South, made searchable through a single, simple interface. Although the current focus of DLAS is sources associated with North Carolina, there is considerable data contained herein relating to all 15 slave states and Washington, D.C., including detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color." Includes the Race and Slavery Petitions Project and Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database.

Digital Schomburg (New York Public Library)
"Relying on the expertise of distinguished curators and scholars, Digital Schomburg provides access to trusted information, interpretation, and scholarship on the global black experience 24/7. Users worldwide can find, in this virtual Schomburg Center, exhibitions, books, articles, photographs, prints, audio and video streams, and selected external links for research in the history and cultures of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora."

Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
"Documenting the American South (DocSouth) is a digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. Currently DocSouth includes sixteen thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs."

Examination Days: The New York African Free School Collection (New-York Historical Society)
"In 1787, at a time when slavery was crucial to the prosperity and expansion of New York, the New York African Free School was created by the New York Manumission Society, a group dedicated to advocating for African Americans. The school's explicit mission was to educate black children to take their place as equals to white American citizens. . . . The New-York Historical Society’s New York African Free School Collection preserves a rich selection of student work and community commentary about the school." This site showcases selected materials from the collection.

F.B. Eyes Digital Archive: FBI Files on African American Authors Obtained through the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
"The F.B. Eyes Digital Archive makes available for the first time a collection of 51 FBI files on prominent African American authors and literary institutions, many of them unearthed through William J. Maxwell's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Now part of the public domain as unrestricted U.S. government documents, these once-secret files are arranged on this site as they were at FBI national headquarters, under the names of individual authors and institutions."

The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress
This site documents "the activities of the noted abolitionist, writer and publisher. Included within this collection are copies of Douglass's writings, correspondence with noted abolitionists including Henry Ward Beecher, Ida B. Wells, Gerrit Smith, and Horace Greeley, and scrapbooks documenting his activities."

Legacy of Slavery in Maryland (The Maryland State Archives)
This site "seeks to preserve and promote the vast universe of experiences that have shaped the lives of Maryland's African American population." It providese access to "numerous source documents, exhibits and interactive online presentations"

Making of America (University of Michigan)
“Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.”

MAAP: Mapping the African American Past
"African American history is a required component of the New York State social studies curriculum in 4th, 8th, and 11th grades. MAAP lessons, developed at Teachers College, Columbia University, help teachers at all levels engage content on this website through stories about building community, resisting slavery, and contributing to New York City's development." Includes lesson plans and interactive maps.

NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)
“The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.” It was founded in 1909. This site provides access to a range of NAACP resources, including selected publications such as annual reports. 

Payne Theological Seminary and A.M.E. Church Archive
"The Payne Theological Seminary and A.M.E. Church Archive includes two subcollections organized into twenty-one thematic categories of images and textual materials for the study of the history of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) denomination and Black Church tradition while chronicling the leadership and legacy of Payne Theological Seminary."

Readux (Emory University)
"Readux provides a platform to explore and engage with" searchable digitized facsimiles of thousands of books. Collections include: African American Literature (mainly from the latter half of the nineteenth century); and Southern Imprints (items printed in the South during the Civil War).

Texas Slavery Project
"The Texas Slavery Project takes a deep look at the expansion of slavery in the borderlands between the United States and Mexico in the years between 1837 and 1845. Based at the Virginia Center for Digital History, the project offers a number of digital tools that allow users to explore the changing face of slavery in early Texas." Includes dynamic maps and primary sources.

Open Access Resources: Diaspora

#adphd blogroll
African Diaspora, Ph.D. is a curated blog "highlighting scholars and scholarship in the field of Atlantic African diaspora history."

Digital Library of the Caribbean
"The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. dLOC provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections."

Ecclesiastical & Secular Sources for Slave Societies
"The ESSSS project is dedicated to identifying, cataloguing, and digitally preserving endangered archival materials documenting the history of Africans and Afro-descended peoples in the Iberian colonies. ESSSS currently has projects in Colombia, Cuba and Brazil."