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Booker T. Washington: A Resource Guide

Digital Resources

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of primary source materials related to Booker T. Washington. Provided below is a link to the home page for each relevant digital collection along with selected highlights.

Digital Collections

African American Perspectives: Materials Selected from the Rare Book Collection

This collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900. Among the authors represented are Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Benjamin W. Arnett, Alexander Crummell, and Emanuel Love. Booker T. Washington is the author of ten items in the collection.

A selection of highlights from this collection includes:


Detroit Publishing Company

The collection includes over 25,000 glass negatives and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph prints, mostly of the eastern United States.

Selected highlight from this collection:


Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey

These collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies.

Selected highlight from this collection:


Printed Ephemera: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

The collection comprises 28,000 primary source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompassing key events and eras in American history

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Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929

This collection assembles a wide array of Library of Congress source materials from the 1920s that document the widespread prosperity of the Coolidge years, the nation's transition to a mass consumer economy, and the role of government in this transition. The collection contains fifteen items that document the National Negro Business League founded by Booker. T. Washington.


Words and Deeds in American History: Selected Documents Celebrating the Manuscript Division's First 100 Years

In honor of the Manuscript Division's centennial, its staff selected approximately ninety representative documents for online display spanning the fifteenth century to the mid-twentieth century.

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Related Digital Resources

African American History Month

The monthly portals highlights the Library's own collections and events, they also represent a collaboration with other federal cultural heritage institutions to feature relevant materials from their institutions. Partners in the past have included the National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

America's Library

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Historic Newspapers

Library of Congress Blog

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Manuscript Division

Online Exhibitions

Prints and Photographs Division

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Resources for Teachers

The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching. Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations.

Today in History

Today in History is a Library of Congress presentation of historic events illuminated by items from the Library’s Digital Collections. Each essay offers search tips and links selected to encourage users to dive more deeply into the Library’s growing digital collections.