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Primary Sources for African American History: Primary Source Sets

Goverment Created Primary Source Sets



The Library of Congress American Memory: African American Odyssey

Eight collections from the Library of Congress include documents, pamphlets, ephemera, and audio interviews.


Other Primary Source Sets



Black Past: African American History: Primary Documents

Collection of primary documents from 1724 (Louisiana's Code Noir) to 2009 (Supreme Court, Ricci vs. Stefano).


The Great Migration

Photographs and documents relating to the Great Migration (1910-1930).


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Photographs, documents, and objects that provide context for historical and thematic elements within Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird and the Scottsboro Boys trial on which the novel was largely based.

African-American History Database

University Created Primary Source Sets



USC Libraries Research Guides:

African American Studies Primary Sources

Sections include African American Primary Source Collections, Large Primary Source Databases & Collections, Slavery, Abolition & Race Relations, Statistics & Data, Civil War (1861-1865), Emancipation / Reconstruction Era (1865-1887), Civil Rights Movement, Legal & Legislative History, and Literature & Music.




University of Pennsylvania:

Primary Source guides for Civil Rights and Related Movements

Primary source items organized around theme and organization, such as the NAACP Papers, or digitized oral histories relating to African American life in the Jim Crow south.





Yale University Library:

African American Studies Primary Sources

Primary source items organized around era and cultural theme, such as African American Literature and  Activism, Political Activism, and Civil Rights.





Documenting the American South

Documenting the American South (DocSouth) is a digital publishing initiative sponsored by the University Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. it Includes sixteen thematic collections of primary sources for the study of southern history, literature, and culture.





University of Michigan and Cornell University Libraries

Making of America (MoA)

Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.