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.
Ahmed Johnson, Librarian, Reference Specialist, Reference and Research Services Division
Sabrina Thomas, Librarian (retired), Reference Specialist, Reference and Research Services Division
Ericka Burton, Intern (Winter 2019), Reference and Research Services Division
Created: April 10, 2002
Last Updated: November 27, 2019
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.