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African-American Communities includes digitized archival records from UIC’s Special Collection and the Newberry Library, documenting African-Americans in Chicago from the mid-nineteenth to late twentieth century. In addition, there are materials from important repositories in Atlanta, Chapel Hill-North Carolina, St. Louis, and Brooklyn.
Focusing predominantly on Atlanta, Chicago, St Louis, Brooklyn, and towns and cities in North Carolina this collection presents multiple aspects of the African American community through personal diaries and scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records and in-depth oral histories, revealing the prevalent challenges of racism, discrimination and integration, and a unique African American culture and identity. Also featured is a rich selection of visual material, including photographs, postcards, maps and ephemera.
Features award-winning documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage surveying the evolution of black culture in the United States.
In partnership with California Newsreel, the database provides unique access to their African American Classics collection, and includes films covering history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations.
This current release includes 218 videos totaling 173 hours.
Non-fiction published works of leading African Americans, as well as interviews, speeches, essays, pamphlets, letters, etc. Includes the Black Panther Party newspaper.
Black Thought & Culture covers the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamplets, letters and other fugitive material. BT&C includes the only complete run of the Black Panther Party newspaper available in digital format.
The HistoryMakers is the largest African American video oral history archive in the world. Currently, it offers access to more than 2,800 full-length oral-history video interviews, with more than 9000 hours with African Americans in a variety of fields including business, medicine, the arts, education, entertainment, politics, sports, and more.
The HistoryMakers, founded in 1999, is a non-profit educational institution committed to preserving and making widely accessible the untold personal stories of both well-known and unsung African Americans. The archive is searchable by names, gender, birth year, job type, as well as themes, subjects, and historical context. Transcripts for the interviews are also available and searchable.