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Benjamin Banneker: A Resource Guide

Benjamin Banneker was a self-taught mathematician and astronomer. This guide provides access to digital materials related to Banneker from the Library of Congress, as well as links to external websites and a selected print bibliography.


Carol M. Highsmith, photographer. "Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor-Inventor-Astronomer," mural by Maxime Seelbinder, at the Recorder of Deeds building, built in 1943. 515 D St., NW, Washington, D.C. 2010. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with Benjamin Banneker. Banneker was the first African American man of science and mathematics. Among his scientific achievements are crafting the first wooden striking clock in America, writing several widely popular almanacs, successful prediction of a solar eclipse, and assisting with surveying Washington, D.C.

This guide compiles links to digital materials related to Benjamin Banneker such as documents and books that are available from the Library of Congress. In addition, it provides links to recommended external websites focusing on Benjamin Banneker and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers.