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African American History Online: A Resource Guide

Over 400 years of the African American experience is documented through primary source materials at the Library of Congress. This guide provides access to digitized collections, search strategies, and external websites related to the topic.


Alfred R. Waud, artist. "The first vote." Print shows African American men, in dress indicative of their professions, in a queue waiting their turn to vote. 1867. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

Contributions by African Americans to the arts, education, industry, literature, politics and much more are well represented in the vast collections of the Library of Congress. The Library's digital collections, online exhibits, online catalog, databases and other online resources provide a broad range of multi-formatted digitized material available for research on the African American experience. The primary purpose of this guide is to introduce the user to digitized primary sources available online at the Library of Congress. To broaden the user's search beyond the Library of Congress, a list of suggested external websites is included.