Pan-African Studies

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Guide produced in 2002 by the New Jersey Historical Commission.

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"Africa Research Central is your gateway to the archives, libraries, and museums with important collections of African primary sources." - from website

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Selected internet resources listed by country and topic. Maintained by the African Collection at Stanford Libraries.

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An annotated web resource list from the African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

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"The African American Archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society was established in 1970 as the Black History Archives Project. Its purpose is to collect, preserve and make accessible historic documents, memorabilia, art, and artifacts pertaining to African American life, history and culture in Northeast Ohio and beyond. The collection includes manuscripts, photographs, microfilm, and newspaper collections from the Archives/Library of the Western Reserve Historical Society. The artifacts are specific to the African American experience and cover a wide range of topics and categories of primary importance to the body of Black history." - from website

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This database provides boundary and population data as well as raster data.

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This resource is part of the Library of Congress's American Memory project.

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This resource is part of the Library of Congress's American Memory project.

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"American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning." from web site

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"The Center is housed in Tulane University's Tilton Memorial Hall. From its beginnings as the first archives documenting the modern civil rights movement, the Amistad Research Center has experienced considerable expansion and its mission continues to evolve. The history of slavery, race relations, African American community development, and the civil rights movement have received new and thought-provoking interpretations as the result of scholarly research using Amistad's resources. The holdings include the papers of artists, educators, authors, business leaders, clergy, lawyers, factory workers, farmers and musicians. The collection contains approximately 250,000 photographs dating from 1859. Literary manuscript holdings contain letters and original manuscripts from prominent Harlem Renaissance writers and poets. The Center is guardian to more than 800 works of African and African American art, including works by several internationally renowned 19th and 20th century African American masters." - from website

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"The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum documents and interprets the effect of historical and contemporary social and cultural issues on communities. Established in 1967 as the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, it served first as a Smithsonian outreach museum situated in one of the District of Columbia’s largely African American neighborhoods and later evolved into a museum documenting, preserving and interpreting African American history from local and community history perspectives." - from website

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Provides statistical facts, figures, and rankings of 190 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, North America, etc.

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This resource is maintained by Library and Archives Canada.

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"The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston was established in 1985.From its inception, the Center has served as a source of community outreach on African-American issues." - from website

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Background Notes are frequently updated publications from the U.S. State Department for virtually every country in the world. Each section includes topics such as the following:

  • Geography
  • Population and notes
  • History and political conditions
  • The economy and recent economic trends
  • Foreign relations
  • Relations with the United States
  • Travel and business information

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"This site explores an untold story of our nation's history: how Canada became the home of the first settlements of free blacks outside Africa." - from website

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These publications from the U.S. Census Bureau provide reports and tables on racial data from the Current Population Survey Reports.

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"BlackPages.com features the Internet's largest search engine for African American owned businesses and those businesses who wish to target the African American business and consumer market. In the same way that Yellow Pages printed directories have demonstarated that they are the best source of information for local businesses, BlackPages.com is the Internet's leading source of information for products and services provided by African American businesses and those seeking to reach the African American community." - from website

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"BlackPressUSA.com is the joint web presence of America’s Black community newspapers and the NNPA News Service — the last national Black Press news wire. It is a project of the Black Press Institute, a partnership between the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation and Howard University." - from website

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"Welcome to CASBAH, a pilot web site for research resources relating to Caribbean Studies and the history of Black and Asian peoples in the UK. You can use this web site to search and browse the CASBAH database and to view the full text survey reports. It is based upon research in the main collections relevant to these areas of research and also looks at sources in some general collections.

The database contains information from a UK-wide sample of relevant archive, printed and audio-visual resources held in academic, public and special libraries and repositories. The project reports provide detailed information on CASBAH's pilot and regional surveys and present guidelines devised by CASBAH on conducting surveys and subject indexing in these subject areas.

The CASBAH database contains a demonstrator sample of about 400 records relating to resources for Caribbean Studies and the history of Black and Asian peoples in the UK." - from web site

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"The Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago was founded in 1983 and is the only organization of its kind. The CBMR documents and preserves information and materials related to the black music experience throughout the world. Through its Library and Archives, publications, conferences, performances, and other public programming, the CBMR promotes and advances scholarly knowledge and thought about black music and the black musical experience, and about their relationship to higher education and to society at-large." from website

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"This Web site contains the online versions of books previously published (1988-98) in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army. Because the original intent of the series' sponsor was to focus primarily on lesser-known areas of the world or regions in which U.S. forces might be deployed, the series is not all-inclusive. At present, 101 countries and regions are covered. The date of information for each country appears on the title page of each country and at the end of each section of text.

This Web site also contains brief, more up-to-date Country Profiles on select countries." from web site

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"Welcome to the Data and Information Services Center (DISC), comprising the former DPLS, the data services operations formerly housed in the Center for Demography and Ecology and the Center for Demography of Health and Aging!" - from website

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This is a collection of e-books by and about African-Americans.

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A comprehensive country-by-country guide to the languages of Africa and the world.

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This site contains famous trials of African Americans, such as the Amistad Trial, the Scottsboro Boys Trial, Mississippi Burning Trial and the Sweet Trial.

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The National Archives has created an online collection of materials related to African-American history.

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"The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, often referred to as the Freedmen's Bureau, was established in the War Department by an act of March 3, 1865. The Bureau supervised all relief and educational activities relating to refugees and freedmen, including issuing rations, clothing and medicine. The Bureau also assumed custody of confiscated lands or property in the former Confederate States, border states, District of Columbia, and Indian Territory. The bureau records were created or maintained by bureau headquarters, the assistant commissioners and the state superintendents of education and included personnel records and a variety of standard reports concerning bureau programs and conditions in the states." - from website

This resource includes Murder and Outrage Records, Freedman's Labor Records, and Marriage Records.

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"Freedom's Journal provided international, national, and regional information on current events and contained editorials declaiming slavery, lynching, and other injustices. The Journal also published biographies of prominent African-Americans and listings of births, deaths, and marriages in the African-American New York community. Freedom's Journal circulated in 11 states, the District of Columbia, Haiti, Europe, and Canada." - from website

  • Volume 1 (March, 1827-March, 1828)
  • Volume 2 (April, 1828-March, 1829)

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"The Friends of Freedom Society, Inc. - Ohio Underground Railroad Association is a grassroots, all volunteer non-profit organization, whose sole purpose is to research, identify, document and preserve Underground Railroad sites throughout Ohio." - from website

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Famous articles from African-American history.

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    The geographic regions of Africa (with links to particular states)
  • The history of North Africa
  • The history of the Horn of Africa
  • The history of West Africa
  • The history of Central Africa
  • The history of East Africa
  • The history of Southern Africa
    Topics in the history of Africa as a whole
  • The retrospective history of Africa as a whole
  • The contemporary political history of Africa as a whole and pan-africanism
  • The economic history of Africa as a whole
  • The working-class history of Africa as a whole
  • The social history of Africa as a whole
  • The culture history of Africa as a whole
  • The IT, media and telecommunications of Africa as a whole
  • Resources for the study of Africa as a whole

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"The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of The New York Public Library is pleased to offer this selection of images of 19th-century African Americans. They are presented in the hope that they will at one and the same time address some of your viewing, research, education and study needs and introduce you to the various types of visual images on the African-American experience that are contained in the Photographs and Prints Division of the Schomburg Center as well as other selected units of the Research Libraries of The New York Public Library." - from website

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Search tool for Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Resources.

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"On this site historical sources on the history of human societies in the continent of Africa are presented, when available, without making prejudgements about what is 'African'." - from website

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"The John Hope Franklin Research Center is a repository for African and African American studies documentation and an educational outreach division of the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University." - from website

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"In Mathematics, more than any other field of study, have we heard proclamations and statements similar to, "The Negro is incapable of succeeding." Ancient and present achievements contradict such statements. One of the purposes of this website is to exhibit the inaccuracy of those proclamations by exhibiting the accomplishments of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora within the Mathematical Sciences." - from website

This site includes computer scientists, physicists and astronomers of the African Diaspora.

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"The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center (MSRC) is recognized as one of the world's largest and most comprehensive repositories for the documentation of the history and culture of people of African descent in Africa, the Americas, and other parts of the world. As one of Howard University's major research facilities, the MSRC collects, preserves, and makes available for research a wide range of resources chronicling the Black experience.

Its collections include more than 175,000 bound volumes and tens of thousands of journals, periodicals, and newspapers; more than 17,000 feet of manuscript and archival collections; nearly 1000 audio tapes; hundreds of artifacts; 100,000 prints, photographs, maps, and other graphic items. The collections are used by scholars, museums, students, and other researchers from Howard University and throughout the world. Information provided by the MSRC is regularly used in exhibitions, video productions, news programming, and a wide range of publications." - from website

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"Welcome to portraitsinblack.com - home of the Virtual Portraits in Black Museum. We are continually updating and enhancing the site, so please visit us regularly so that you will not miss any new & exciting additions and attractions!" - from website

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"Shocking photos brought the civil-rights struggle to all America. Relive it now through the eyes of photojournalist Charles Moore." - from website

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"Presenting all (past and present) prominent people (of African decent) is not the purpose of this page. The intended goal is to present a fairly representative sample of our 'shining stars'." - from website

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"For 65 years Fisk University’s Race Relations Institute has been one of the leading institutions facilitating racial dialogue, proactive programming, research and activism." - from website

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American RadioWorks documentary on the Jim Crow era.

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"The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a national research library devoted to collecting, preserving and providing access to resources documenting the history and experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world." - from website

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This resource is part of the Library of Congress's American Memory project.

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Bibliography of works on Black Canadian History, including print sources, audio-visual sources, and archival sources.

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"Profiled here are African American men and women who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering. The accomplishments of the past and present can serve as pathfinders to present and future engineers and scientists. African American chemists, biologists, inventors, engineers, and mathematicians have contributed in both large and small ways that can be overlooked when chronicling the history of science. By describing the scientific history of selected African American men and women we can see how the efforts of individuals have advanced human understanding in the world around us." - from website

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Britain's best black newspaper.

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