Skip to Main Content

Shirley Chisholm: A Resource Guide

A true changemaker, Shirley Anita Chisholm (1924-2005) was the first African American woman elected to Congress, serving from 1968 until 1983. Learn more about Chisholm through selected sources including books, manuscripts, film, audio, and legislation..


Thomas J. O'Halloran, photographer. Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm announcing her candidacy for presidential nomination 1972. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

Shirley Anita Chisholm was the first African American woman to be elected to Congress and the first African American to seek a major party’s nomination for President. She graduated Brooklyn College with a B.A. in sociology and Columbia University with a M.A. in early childhood education. She was elected to the New York State Assembly, then she was elected to the newly formed Congressional district for Brooklyn, New York. Being known for her outspoken personality, Chisholm continually fought opposition for what she believed was right for the people.

This guide compiles digital and print resources available from the Library of Congress such as books, prints and photographs, recorded sound, film and video, electronic resources, and legislation with additional external resources.