Prints, photographs and cartographic materials are rich sources of information when researching the topic of African Americans in business and entrepreneurship. The selected resources linked below provide a mix of digitized primary source from both the Library of Congress and external libraries and organizations.
The Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) includes descriptions of about 95% of the materials in the Division's collections and is the primary means of finding descriptions of images from the collections of the Prints & Photographs Reading Room. When searching the catalog, you will need to experiment with using the terms "Black," "Negro," "Colored" "African American" or "African American businesses." Item descriptions often include direct transcriptions of original captions. The Library presents the historic captions because they can be important for understanding the context in which the images were created. The terms used to describe images related to the lives of African Americans in the 20th century were assigned by individuals sometimes from outside and sometimes from within African American communities. Please note that terminology in historical materials and in Library descriptions does not always match the language preferred by African Americans individually or as a community, and may include negative stereotypes. When you find an item related to your search, you may want to click on the subject heading to locate related images.
Maps provide a visual representation, which can be useful in a variety of ways when studying geography, statistics or data.