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Most archives and libraries collect records about local residents (biographies, family histories, and local histories) and about nearby places (maps, gazetteers, and place-finding aids). They often compile reference helps and special indexes to important local sources. In many communities they serve as a meeting place for local historical and genealogical societies, and may be able to provide referrals to people who are willing to look up information in local records. Before you visit an archive or a library, contact them and ask for information on their collection, hours, services, and fees.
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[African American Research|African American Research]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[African_American_Archives_and_Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]''
  
When one of these institutions is referred to elsewhere in this outline, return to this section for the address.
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[[Image:{{NatlUndRR}}]]Most archives and libraries collect records about local residents (biographies, family histories, and local histories) and about nearby places (maps, gazetteers, and place-finding aids). They often compile reference helps and special indexes to important local sources. In many communities they serve as a meeting place for local historical and genealogical societies, and may be able to provide referrals to people who are willing to look up information in local records. Before you visit an archive or a library, contact them and ask for information on their collection, hours, services, and fees.  
  
The Family History Library has copies of many of the records found in archives and libraries, but most repositories will have additional sources.
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When one of these institutions is referred to elsewhere in this outline, return to this section for the address.  
  
Many archives and libraries have helpful sources for locating information about [[Alabama]], such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids. They frequently have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids, such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state. Archives and libraries near state boundaries usually collect records relating to the adjacent states.
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The Family History Library has copies of many of the records found in archives and libraries, but most repositories will have additional sources.  
  
The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful to African American genealogical researchers:
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Many archives and libraries have helpful sources for locating information about [[Alabama|Alabama]], such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids. They frequently have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids, such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state. Archives and libraries near state boundaries usually collect records relating to the adjacent states.
  
'''Family History Library'''<br>35 North West Temple Street<br>Room 344<br>Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3400<br>Local Telephone: 801-240-2331<br>Toll Free: 1-800-346-6044 (Inside United States and Canada)<br>Toll Free: 1-801-240-1000 (Outside United States and Canada)<br>Internet: [http://www.familysearch.org http://www.familysearch.org <br>]
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The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful to African American genealogical researchers:  
  
'''National Archives'''<br>700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW<br>Washington, D.C. 20408<br>Telephone: 202-501-5415<br>Fax: 301-837-0459<br>Internet: http://www.archives.gov
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'''Family History Library'''<br>35 North West Temple Street<br>Room 344<br>Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3400<br>[Note: Room 344 is a mail room only, not a room patrons can visit.]<br>Local Telephone: 801-240-2331<br>Toll Free: 1-800-346-6044 (Inside United States and Canada)<br>Toll Free: 1-801-240-1000 (Outside United States and Canada)<br>Internet:&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/ www.familysearch.org/]
  
National Archives - Regional Branches<br>Internet: http://www.archives.gov/facilities/index.html<br>
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'''National Archives'''<br>700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW<br>Washington, D.C. 20408<br>Telephone: 202-501-5415<br>Fax: 301-837-0459<br>Internet: http://www.archives.gov  
  
'''The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum'''<br>1901 Fort Place SE<br>Washington, D.C. 20020<br>Telephone: 202-633-4820<br>Internet: http://anacostia.si.edu/
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'''''National Archives - Regional Branches'''''<br>Internet: http://www.archives.gov/facilities/index.html<br>
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'''Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center'''<br>900 Library Plaza, P.O. Box 2270<br>Fort Wayne, Indiana 46801-2270<br>260-421-1225<br>Email: Genealogy@ACPL.Info<br> Internet: http://www.GenealogyCenter.org<br>African American Gateway: http://www.genealogycenter.info/africanamerican/<br>NOTE: Microfilm from the rich collection of the Family History Library can be ordered at The Genealogy Center.<br>
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'''National Underground Railroad Freedom Center'''<br>50 East Freedom Way<br>Cincinnati, Ohio 45202<br>Telephone: 513-333-7500 or 877-648-4838<br>Internet: http://www.freedomcenter.org/<br>
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'''The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum'''<br>1901 Fort Place SE<br>Washington, D.C. 20020<br>Telephone: 202-633-4820<br>Internet: http://anacostia.si.edu/  
 
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'''Kalamazoo College<br>'''Africo-American Black History Museum<br>1200 Academy Street <br>Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006<br>Telephone: 269-337-7000 <br>Internet: http://www.kzoo.edu/africa/links.htm
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'''Kalamazoo College<br>'''Africo-American Black History Museum<br>1200 Academy Street <br>Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006<br>Telephone: 269-337-7000 <br>Internet: http://www.kzoo.edu/africa/links.htm  
 
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'''The University of Pittsburgh<br>'''Hillman Library<br>3960 Forbes Avenue<br>Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260<br>Telephone: 412-648-7756<br>Internet: http://www.library.pitt.edu/libraries/hillman/hillman.html
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'''The University of Pittsburgh<br>'''Hillman Library<br>3960 Forbes Avenue<br>Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260<br>Telephone: 412-648-7756<br>Internet: http://www.library.pitt.edu/libraries/hillman/hillman.html  
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'''The University of Pennsylvania'''<br>African Studies Center<br>647 Williams Hall<br>255 S 36th Street<br>Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-6305<br>Telephone: 215-898-6971<br>Fax: 215-573-7379<br>Email: [mailto:africa@sas.upenn.edu africa@sas.upenn.edu]<br>Internet: http://www.africa.upenn.edu/AS.html
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'''Birmingham Civil Rights Institute'''<br>520 Sixteenth Street North<br>Birmingham, Alabama 35203<br>Telephone: 205-328-9696<br>Toll Free: 1-866-328-9696<br>Fax: 205-251-6104<br>Internet: http://www.bcri.org/index.html
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'''The Black Archives of Mid-America<br>'''2033 Vine Street<br>Kansas City, Missouri 64108-3007<br>Telephone: 816-701-3590<br>Email: [mailto:info@blackarchives.org info@blackarchives.org]<br>Internet: http://www.blackarchives.org/Internet: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html
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'''Duke Univeristy'''<br>John Hope Franklin Collection for African and African-American Documentation<br>Durham, North Carolina 27708<br>Telephone 919-684-8111<br>Internet: <br>http://library.duke.edu/specialcollections/franklin/&nbsp;Internet: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html<br>
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'''UNC&nbsp;University Libraries'''<br>
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[http://docsouth.unc.edu/index.html Documenting the American South] (DocSouth):&nbsp; [http://docsouth.unc.edu/browse/collections.html Collections]<br>
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'''The Library of Congress'''<br>The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture<br>101 Independence Avenue SE<br>Washington, D.C. 20540<br>Telephone: 202-707-5000<br>Internet: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html
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''See the tutorial at the FamilySearch Learning Center on [https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/african-american-genealogical-research-at-the-library-of-congress/63 "African American Genealogical Research at the Library of Congress"]''
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'''New England Historic Genealogical Society'''
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<br>101 Newbury Street<br>Boston, MA 02116-3087<br>Telephone: 617-536-5740<br>Fax: 617-536-7307<br>Internet address: [http://www.americanancestors.org www.americanancestors.org]&nbsp;
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''See the tutorial at the FamilySearch Learning Center on [https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/african-american-resources-at-nehgs/97 "African American Resources at NEHGS"]''
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'''Godfrey Memorial Library'''
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<br>134 Newfield St.<br> Middletown, CT 06457<br> Telephone: 806-346-4375<br> [http://www.godfrey.org www.godfrey.org]
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'''Newberry Library'''<br>
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60 W. Walton St. - Chicago, IL - 60610<br>Reading Rooms: Tue - Fri 9am-5pm Sat 9am-1pm<br>
  
'''The University of Pennsylvania'''<br>African Studies Center<br>647 Williams Hall<br>255 S 36th Street<br>Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-6305<br>Telephone: 215-898-6971<br>Fax: 215-573-7379<br>Email: [mailto:africa@sas.upenn.edu africa@sas.upenn.edu]<br>Internet: http://www.africa.upenn.edu/AS.html
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Attention: Microfilms from the Family History Library can be ordered at this Public Library<br>  
  
'''Birmingham Civil Rights Institute'''<br>520 Sixteenth Street North<br>Birmingham, Alabama 35203<br>Telephone: 205-328-9696<br>Toll Free: 1-866-328-9696<br>Fax: 205-251-6104<br>Internet: http://www.bcri.org/index.html
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[http://www.newberry.org/collections/researchers.html Research at the Newberry]
  
'''The Black Archives of Mid-America<br>'''2033 Vine Street<br>Kansas City, Missouri 64108-3007<br>Telephone: 816-701-3590<br>Email: [mailto:info@blackarchives.org info@blackarchives.org]<br>Internet: http://www.blackarchives.org/Internet: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html
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The following resources can be helpful as you begin your research:  
  
'''Duke Univeristy'''<br>John Hope Franklin Collection for African and African-American Documentation<br>Durham, North Carolina 27708<br>Telephone 919-684-8111<br>Internet: <br>http://library.duke.edu/specialcollections/franklin/&nbsp;Internet: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html
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''Black Roots: A Beginner's Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree'', Tony Burroughs, 1001. (FHL book 973 D27bt.)
  
'''The Library of Congress'''<br>The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture<br>101 Independence Avenue SE<br>Washington, D.C. 20540<br>Telephone: 202-707-5000<br>Internet: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html<br>
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''Finding a Place Called Home: An African-American Guide to Genealogy and Historical Identity'', Dee Parmer Woodtor, 1999. (FHL book 973 F2wd.)
  
The following resources can be helpful as you begin your research:
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''[http://www.newberry.org/genealogy/AF-AMER-BIB/af-amer-bib.pdf A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY HISTORY AT THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY]'' By Jack Simpson and Matt Rutherford<br>
  
''Black Roots: A Beginner's Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree'', Tony Burroughs, 1001. (FHL book 973 D27bt.)
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''Finding a Place Called Home: An African-American Guide to Genealogy and Historical Identity'', Dee Parmer Woodtor, 1999. (FHL book 973 F2wd.)<br><br>
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United States Gotoarrow.png African American Research Gotoarrow.png Archives and Libraries

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, is more a museum (few original manuscripts) than an archive. However, it has a Family History Center for ordering microfilms, and Ancestry.com access on the Internet.
Most archives and libraries collect records about local residents (biographies, family histories, and local histories) and about nearby places (maps, gazetteers, and place-finding aids). They often compile reference helps and special indexes to important local sources. In many communities they serve as a meeting place for local historical and genealogical societies, and may be able to provide referrals to people who are willing to look up information in local records. Before you visit an archive or a library, contact them and ask for information on their collection, hours, services, and fees.

When one of these institutions is referred to elsewhere in this outline, return to this section for the address.

The Family History Library has copies of many of the records found in archives and libraries, but most repositories will have additional sources.

Many archives and libraries have helpful sources for locating information about Alabama, such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids. They frequently have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids, such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state. Archives and libraries near state boundaries usually collect records relating to the adjacent states.

The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful to African American genealogical researchers:

Family History Library
35 North West Temple Street
Room 344
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3400
[Note: Room 344 is a mail room only, not a room patrons can visit.]
Local Telephone: 801-240-2331
Toll Free: 1-800-346-6044 (Inside United States and Canada)
Toll Free: 1-801-240-1000 (Outside United States and Canada)
Internet: www.familysearch.org/

National Archives
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20408
Telephone: 202-501-5415
Fax: 301-837-0459
Internet: http://www.archives.gov

National Archives - Regional Branches
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/facilities/index.html

Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
900 Library Plaza, P.O. Box 2270
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46801-2270
260-421-1225
Email: Genealogy@ACPL.Info
Internet: http://www.GenealogyCenter.org
African American Gateway: http://www.genealogycenter.info/africanamerican/
NOTE: Microfilm from the rich collection of the Family History Library can be ordered at The Genealogy Center.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Telephone: 513-333-7500 or 877-648-4838
Internet: http://www.freedomcenter.org/

The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
Telephone: 202-633-4820
Internet: http://anacostia.si.edu/

The University of Pittsburgh
Hillman Library
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260
Telephone: 412-648-7756
Internet: http://www.library.pitt.edu/libraries/hillman/hillman.html

The University of Pennsylvania
African Studies Center
647 Williams Hall
255 S 36th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-6305
Telephone: 215-898-6971
Fax: 215-573-7379
Email: africa@sas.upenn.edu
Internet: http://www.africa.upenn.edu/AS.html

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
520 Sixteenth Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Telephone: 205-328-9696
Toll Free: 1-866-328-9696
Fax: 205-251-6104
Internet: http://www.bcri.org/index.html

The Black Archives of Mid-America
2033 Vine Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108-3007
Telephone: 816-701-3590
Email: info@blackarchives.org
Internet: http://www.blackarchives.org/Internet: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html

Duke Univeristy
John Hope Franklin Collection for African and African-American Documentation
Durham, North Carolina 27708
Telephone 919-684-8111
Internet:
http://library.duke.edu/specialcollections/franklin/ Internet: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html

UNC University Libraries

Documenting the American South (DocSouth):  Collections

The Library of Congress
The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, D.C. 20540
Telephone: 202-707-5000
Internet: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html

See the tutorial at the FamilySearch Learning Center on "African American Genealogical Research at the Library of Congress"

New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116-3087
Telephone: 617-536-5740
Fax: 617-536-7307
Internet address: www.americanancestors.org 

See the tutorial at the FamilySearch Learning Center on "African American Resources at NEHGS"

Godfrey Memorial Library
134 Newfield St.
Middletown, CT 06457
Telephone: 806-346-4375
www.godfrey.org

Newberry Library

60 W. Walton St. - Chicago, IL - 60610
Reading Rooms: Tue - Fri 9am-5pm Sat 9am-1pm

Attention: Microfilms from the Family History Library can be ordered at this Public Library

Research at the Newberry

The following resources can be helpful as you begin your research:

Black Roots: A Beginner's Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree, Tony Burroughs, 1001. (FHL book 973 D27bt.)

Finding a Place Called Home: An African-American Guide to Genealogy and Historical Identity, Dee Parmer Woodtor, 1999. (FHL book 973 F2wd.)

A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY HISTORY AT THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY By Jack Simpson and Matt Rutherford