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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]] [[Category:United States Archives and Libraries]]''{{AfrAm-sidebar}}
  
[[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.  
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| {{TOC left}}[[Image:National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.jpg|thumb|right|350px|National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati]]Most archives and libraries collect records about local residents (biographies, family histories, local histories) and about nearby places (maps, gazetteers, 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 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.  
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When one of these institutions is referred to elsewhere in the African American Research Wiki pages, 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.  
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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.  
  
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.  
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The following archives, libraries, centers, institutes, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their African American ancestors.
  
The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful to African American genealogical researchers:
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=== Wiki Articles on Major Repositories for African Americans ===
  
'''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/]
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[[Allen County Public Library|Allen County Public Library]]{{·}} [[Family History Library]]{{·}} [[Library of Congress]]{{·}} [[National Archives and Records Administration|National Archives&nbsp;I]]{{·}} [[United States National Archives Regional Branches|National Archives Regional Branches]]{{·}} [[National Underground Railroad Freedom Center]]{{·}} Birmingham Civil Rights Institute{{·}} Black Archives of Mid-America{{·}} Duke Univeristy Rubenstein Library{{·}} [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Centers]]{{·}} [[Godfrey Memorial Library]]{{·}} Kalamazoo College Black History Mobile Museum{{·}} [[New England Historic Genealogical Society]]{{·}} [[Newberry Library]]{{·}} [[John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library at Colonial Williamsburg]]{{·}} Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture{{·}} Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum{{·}} [[University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Libraries]]{{·}} University of Pennsylvania African Studies Center{{·}} University of Pittsburgh Hillman Library<br><br>
  
'''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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=== Online Records for African American Research  ===
  
'''''National Archives - Regional Branches'''''<br>Internet: http://www.archives.gov/facilities/index.html<br>
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{{Click|Image:AA_ORP.png|African American Online Genealogy Records|left}}<br>Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probates.
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| [[Image:Allen County Public Library.jpg|thumb|right|155px|Allen Co Public Lib in IN]]
  
'''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 Repositories ===
  
'''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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==== Allen County Public Library ====
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'''[[Allen County Public Library]]'''<br> 900 Library Plaza <br> Fort Wayne, IN 46802 <br> Telephone: 260-421-1225 <br> E-mail: [mailto:genealogy@acpl.info genealogy@acpl.info]<br>Website: [http://www.genealogycenter.org/ Genealogy Center ACPL]
  
'''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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:Allen County Public Library is the second-largest genealogy collection in the United States<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_County_Public_Library Allen County Public Library] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 28 April 2010).</ref> and the largest genealogy collection in a public library. Its holdings include more than 350,000 printed volumes and 513,000 items on microfilm and microfiche.<ref name="ACPLGC">[http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/genealogy/ Genealogy Center] in ''Allen County Public Library'' (accessed 28 April 2010).</ref> It has a premier genealogical periodical collection, local histories, genealogies, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, ethnic sources including African Americans, and Canadians. They have a great '''African American''' collection.<ref>[http://www.genealogycenter.org/docs/default-source/resources/aboutusbrochure.pdf?sfvrsn=2 Genealogy Center Collections] in ''Genealogy Center'' (accessed 27 February 2015).</ref>
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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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[[Image:Family History Library.jpg|thumb|right|280px|Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah]]
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==== Family History Library  ====
'''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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'''[[Family History Library]]'''<br>35 N. West Temple St. <br>Salt Lake City, Utah 84150<br>Telephone: 801-240-6996 or 1-866-406-1830<br>E-mail: [mailto:https://familysearch.org/ask/help Ask help (Send a message)]<br>Website: [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch]<br>
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:They have federal and state censuses showing where '''African Americans''' lived, vital records, biographies, cemeteries, church records, Freedman's Bank, Freedmen's Bureau, court records, directories, genealogy, local histories, land and property (may include lists of free Blacks and slaves, bills of sale), manumissions, maps, military records, newspapers, obituaries, periodicals, probate records (may list slaves freed or bequeathed), slavery and bondage, and societies. Holds 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and Mormon records.<br><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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==== Library of Congress ====
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'''[[Library of Congress]]'''[[Image:Library of Congress Jefferson Building.jpg|thumb|400px|Library of Congress Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C.]]<br>101 Independence Ave. SE <br>Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ G4 <br>Washington, D.C. 20540-4660 <br>Telephone: Reading Room: 202-707-5537<br>Fax: 202-707-1957 <br>E-mail: [http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ask-genealogy.html Ask a Librarian form]<br>Website: [http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/ Library of Congress]
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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"]. The Library of Congress "Local History and Genealogy Reading Room" has moved to the main reading room, but services are unchanged. They are part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, and collections of manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, and published material, strong in North American (including '''African Americans'''), British Isles, and German sources.<ref>[http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/lhgcoll.html The Collections] in ''Local History and Genealogy Reading Room'' in ''The Library of Congress'' (accessed 8 January 2014).</ref>
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::*[http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History & Culture] <br><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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==== National Archives I ====
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[[Image:National Archives and Records Administration.jpg|thumb|280px|National Archives I in Washington, D.C.]]'''[[National Archives and Records Administration]]''' (Archives I)<br>700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW<br>Washington DC<br>Telephone: 1-866-272-6272<br>Fax: 301-837-0483<br>E-mail: [http://www.archives.gov/contact/inquire-form.html National Archives and Records Administration inquiry form]<br>Website: [http://archives.gov/ National Archives]
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:Nationwide censuses, pre-WWI military service and pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources (including '''African Americans''') , prisons, and federal employees. The National Archives Building in Washington, DC (Archives I), houses textual and microfilm records relating to genealogy, American Indians, pre-World War II military and naval-maritime matters, the New Deal, the District of Columbia, the Federal courts, and Congress.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/researcher-info.html Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC] in ''National Archives'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref> <br><br>
  
'''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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==== National Archives Regional Branches ====
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'''[[United States National Archives Regional Branches|National Archives Regional Branches]]'''<br>Website: [http://www.archives.gov/facilities/index.html National Archives Locations Nationwide]<br>
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:There are 2 main branches, 11 regional branches, 16 records centers, 2 personnel records centers, and 15 presidential libraries nationwide, as well as "affiliated archives." Each regional branch has copies of key records in Washington, as well as their own regional records. For example, the Atlanta Regional Branch for the Southern States region preserves records of Reconstruction, the Civil Rights Movement, and '''African American''' history.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/atlanta/ National Archives at Atlanta] in ''National Archives'' (accessed 30 May 2016).</ref><br><br>
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[[File:National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.jpg|border|right|280px]]
  
'''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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==== National Underground Railroad Freedom Center  ====
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'''[[National Underground Railroad Freedom Center]]'''<br>50 East Freedom Way<br>Cincinnati, Ohio 45202<br>Telephone: 513-333-7500 or toll free 877-648-4838<br>E-mail: [http://www.freedomcenter.org/contact-us Contact Us] form<br>Website: [http://www.freedomcenter.org/ National Underground Railroad Freedom Center]<br>
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:The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is more a museum (few original manuscripts) than an archive. However, it has a [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Center]] for ordering microfilms, and Ancestry.com access on the Internet. They tell the history of the guides, safe houses, and transportation network used to smuggle runaway enslaved African Americans out of the slave states to freedom in the North before the American Civil War. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center reveals stories about freedom’s heroes: the men, women and children who challenge inequities to pursue greater freedom for their brothers and sisters.<ref>[http://www.freedomcenter.org/enabling-freedom Enabling Freedom] in ''National Underground Railroad Freedom Center'' (accessed 30 May 2016).</ref><br><br>
  
'''UNC&nbsp;University Libraries'''<br>
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=== Regional Repositories ===
  
[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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==== Birmingham Civil Rights Institute  ====
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'''Birmingham Civil Rights Institute'''<br>520 Sixteenth Street North<br>Birmingham, Alabama 35203<br>Telephone: 205-328-9696 ext. 203<br>Telephone toll free: 1-866-328-9696<br>Fax: 205-251-6104<br>E-mail: [mailto:bcri@bcri.org bcri@bcri.org]<br>Website: [http://www.bcri.org/index.html Birmingham Civil Rights Institute]
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:Papers of civil rights activist leaders (ministers, organizers, judges, politicians, newspaper editors, educators), school desegregation, 500 desegregation oral history interviews, 1,260 Jim Crow era oral histories, vertical files, TV documentaries, and legal cases collection.<ref>[http://bcri.nimbussoftware.com/resources/documents/BCRI%20Archives%20Collections%20Guide%202014%20-%202015.pdf BCRI Archives Collections Guide] in ''Birmingham Civil Rights Institute'' (accessed 30 May 2016).</ref><br><br>
  
'''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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==== Black Archives of Mid-America  ====
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[[Image:Black Archives of Mid-America.jpg|thumb|right|280px|Black Archives of Mid-America in KC, MO]]'''Black Archives of Mid-America'''<br>1722 E. 17th Terrace (PO Box  270333)<br>Kansas City, MO 64127<br>Telephone: 816-221-1600<br>Email: [mailto:info@blackarchives.org info@blackarchives.org]<br>Website: [http://blackarchives.org Black Archives of Mid-America homepage]
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:By appointment only. Resources regarding the social and cultural experience of African Americans in the Kansas City metropolitan area and in the surrounding region. This includes oral histories, valuable rare books, and a reference collection, personal papers, records of civil and health service organizations, schools, churches, political organizations, sports groups, and clubs and other voluntary associations.<ref>[http://blackarchives.org/resources Resources] in ''Black Archives of Mid-America'' (accessed 30 May 2016).</ref><br><br>
  
''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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==== Duke University Perkins Library  ====
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[[Image:Duke Univ Perkins Library.jpg|thumb|right|280px|Duke University Perkins Library in Durham NC]]'''Duke University Perkins Library'''<br>Franklin Research Center<br>Durham, North Carolina 27708-0185<br>Telephone: 919-660-5922<br>Fax: 919-660-5934<br>E-mail: [mailto:franklin-collection@duke.edu franklin-collection@duke.edu]<br>Website: [http://library.duke.edu/specialcollections/franklin/ John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture]
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:Largest manuscript collection in the South, including newspapers, county records, Bibles, and journals. They also have many census records originally at the National Archives.<ref name="DB85" />
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:*Nannie M. Trilley, and Noma Lee Goodwin, ''Guide to the Manuscript Collections in the Duke University Library'' (Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1947). {{WorldCat|2112391|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|183374|item|disp=FHL Film 899894; Book 975.6 B5d ser. 27–28.}} This guide lists about 8,000 names of individuals, families, and historical subjects, and it is indexed.
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:*[http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/franklin/ John Hope Franklin Research Center] collects, and preserves published and unpublished primary sources for understanding the history and culture of Africa and people of the African Diaspora in the Americas.<ref>[http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/franklin/ John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture] in ''Duke University Libraries'' (accessed 30 May 2016).</ref> The Franklin Center is part of the Rubenstein Special Collections Library on the 3rd floor of the Perkins Library.<br><br>
  
'''New England Historic Genealogical Society''' <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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==== Family History Centers  ====
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[[File:Ncfayetteville.jpg|thumb|right|280px|A Family History Center in Fayetteville NC]]'''[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Centers]]''' (FHCs) have [[Family History Center Portal|premium online services]] for genealogists for free, offer research suggestions, and can order microfilms from the [[Family History Library]] in Salt Lake City. These microfilms include a good collection of African American records including censuses, vital records, cemeteries, church records, biographies, Freedman's Bank, Freedmen's Bureau, funeral homes, military records, oral history, probate records, slavery and bondage records, and the Southern Claims Commission records.
  
''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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There are more than 4,700 FHCs in 134 countries. There is no cost to visit a Family History Center or Family History Library. They are open to anyone with an interest in genealogical research. They are operated by [https://www.mormon.org/ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] (LDS). Click on [https://familysearch.org/locations Find a Family History Center] to locate the the center nearest you.<ref>[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]] in ''Family History Research Wiki'' (accessed 29 February 2016).</ref>
  
'''Godfrey Memorial Library''' <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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Each center has unique hours of operation, and may have changed from the hours posted on our site. It is a good idea to call the center for their scheduled hours before you visit.<br><br>
  
'''Newberry Library'''<br>  
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==== Godfrey Memorial Library  ====
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'''[[Godfrey Memorial Library]]'''<br>134 Newfield St.<br>Middletown, Connecticut 06457<br>Telephone: 860-346-4375<br>Fax: 860-347-9874<br>E-mail: [mailto:Sharon@godfrey.org Sharon@godfrey.org] Reference Librarian<br>Website: [http://www.godfrey.org/ Godfrey Memorial Library]
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:Their collection features digital copies of six African American newspapers in the 1800s.<ref>"[http://www.godfrey.org/news/2008-7%20African%20American%20Records.pdf African American Records]" in ''INTERNET Genealogy'' (June/July 2008): 85.</ref> The overall collection is national in scope with many [http://www.godfrey.org/scholar/login.html online records] in addition to its physical collection. They compiled the {{WorldCat|865629740|item|disp=''American Genealogical and Biographical Index (AGBI)''}} including many African American biographies and autobiographies. This library is an excellent genealogical facility including many New England town records, guidebooks, indexes, biographies, and genealogies.<ref name="DB25">Dollarhide and Bremer, 25.</ref><br><br>
  
60 W. Walton St. - Chicago, IL - 60610<br>Reading Rooms: Tue - Fri 9am-5pm Sat 9am-1pm<br>  
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==== John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library ====
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[[Image:John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library.jpg|thumb|285px|Rockefeller Library in Colonial Williamsburg, VA]]'''[[John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library at Colonial Williamsburg]]'''<br>PO Box 1776<br>313 First Street<br>Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776<br>Telephone: 757-565-8542<br>Fax: 757-565-8548<br>E-mail: [mailto:libref@cwf.org libref@cwf.org] <br>Website: [http://research.history.org/JDRLibrary.cfm John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library]
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:Emphasis is on the history of colonial British America, the American Revolution, and the early United States with books, manuscripts, images, Civil War materials, family Bibles, and databases for research in the political and economic life of the thirteen colonies, the new republic, and African American studies.<ref>[http://research.history.org/JDRLibrary.cfm John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library] in ''Colonial Williamsburg'' (accessed 7 January 2014).</ref><br><br>
  
Note: Microfilms from the Family History Library can be ordered at this Public Library<br>  
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==== Kalamazoo College Black History Mobile Museum ====
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'''Kalamazoo College Black History 101 Mobile Museum'''<br>1200 Academy Street <br>Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006<br>Telephone: 269-337-7000 <br>Website: [https://www.facebook.com/The-Black-History-101-Mobile-Museum-310160369817/ Facebook: Black History 101 Mobile Museum History Museum]
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:Prominent artifacts include documents signed by Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Booker T. Washington, Fredrick Douglas, Dorothy Height, Elijah Muhammad, Ralph Bunche, Coretta Scott King, Michael Jackson, Muhammad Ali, Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordan, and Angela Davis.<ref>[https://www.facebook.com/310160369817/photos/a.335992159817.153613.310160369817/10152926924519818/?type=3&theater Facebook Timeline photo] in ''Black History 101 Mobile Museum History Museum'' (accessed 30 May 2016).</ref><br><br>
  
*Jack Simpson and Matt Rutherford, ''A Bibliography of African American Family History at the Newberry Library&nbsp;'' (Chicago&nbsp;: The Newberry Library, ©2005). [http://www.newberry.org/sites/default/files/researchguide-attachments/af-amer-bib.pdf PDF version online]. {{WorldCat|60689421|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|1410543|item|disp=FHL book 977.311 F23s}}.<br>
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[[Image:NEHGS Newbury Street.jpg|thumb|right|210px|NEHGS 101 Newbury St in Boston]]
  
'''General Resources for African American Research'''  
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==== New England Historic Genealogical Society  ====
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'''[[New England Historic Genealogical Society]] (NEHGS)'''<br>101 Newbury Street<br>Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007<br>Telephone: &nbsp;617-536-5740; Library 617-226-1231<br>Fax: &nbsp;617-536-7307<br>E-mail: &nbsp;[mailto:info@nehgs.org info@nehgs.org]<br>Website: [http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html AmericanAncestors.org]
  
The following resources can be helpful as you begin your research:  
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:Best overall collection for New England vital records and probates, and excellent collection for Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and Europe. The manuscript collection for members-only has diaries, letters, account books, business papers, church and town records, sermons, maps, wills, deeds, unpublished town and family genealogies, photos, and papers of the region's best genealogists since 1850.<ref name="Wik">"New England Historic Genealogical Society" in ''Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England_Historic_Genealogical_Society (accessed 30 August 2010).</ref> <ref>[http://www.americanancestors.org/education/learning-resources/read/using-the-nehgs-library/ Using the NEHGS Library] in ''American Ancestors" (accessed 21 September 2015).</ref> <ref name="DB55759">Dollarhide and Bremer, 5, 57, and 59.</ref> 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"]<br><br>
  
*Tony Burroughs, ''Black Roots: A Beginner's Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree&nbsp;'' (New York&nbsp;: Fireside Book, ©2001). {{WorldCat|45068561|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|1012177|item|disp=FHL book 973 D27bt 2001}}.
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==== Newberry Library  ====
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[[Image:Newberry Library.jpg|thumb|right|280px|Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois]]'''[[Newberry Library]]'''<br> 60 West Walton Street<br> Chicago, IL 60610<br>Telephone: &nbsp;312-255-3512<br>E-mail: &nbsp; [mailto:genealogy@newberry.org reference@newberry.org.]<br>Website: [http://www.newberry.org/genealogy-and-local-history Newberry Library Genealogy and Local History]
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:The Newberry is a private, non-circulating library free and open to the public. It is a research library for humanities and social sciences with 1.5 million books, 5 million manuscript pages, and 500,000 maps. This includes good African American, American Indian, railroad archives, Chicago history, and cartography collections.<ref>Wikipedia Contributors, "Newberry Library" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newberry_Library (accessed 29 October 2010).</ref> Note: Microfilms from the [[Family History Library]] can be ordered at this library.<br>
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:*Jack Simpson and Matt Rutherford, ''A Bibliography of African American Family History at the Newberry Library'' (Chicago: The Newberry Library, ©2005). [http://www.newberry.org/sites/default/files/researchguide-attachments/af-amer-bib.pdf PDF version online]. {{WorldCat|60689421|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|1410543|item|disp=FHL book 977.311 F23s}}.<br><br>
  
*Dee Parmer Woodtor, ''Finding a Place Called Home: An African-American Guide to Genealogy and Historical Identity&nbsp;'' (New York&nbsp;: Random House, ©1999). {{WorldCat|40331192|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|829837|item|disp=FHL book 973 F2wd}}.
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[[File:NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.jpg|thumb|right|280px|NYPL Schomburg Center in Harlem, New York]]
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==== Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture  ====
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'''Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture'''<br>A Unit of the New York Public Library<br>515 Malcolm X Blvd<br>New York, NY 10037<br>Telephone:917-275-6975<br>Website: [http://www.nypl.org/locations/schomburg Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture]
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:The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located in Harlem, New York, is a research unit of The [[New York Public Library]] system. It focuses exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. It accomplishes this through art, artifacts, research and reference collections, manuscripts, archives, rare books, photos, moving images, sound recordings, educational programs, and digital collections.<ref>[http://www.nypl.org/locations/schomburg Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture] in ''New York Public Library'' (accessed 30 May 2016).</ref><br><br>
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[[Image:Anacostia-Museum B&W.jpg|thumb|right|270px|Anacostia Comm Museum in Washington DC]]
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==== Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum  ====
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'''Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum'''<br>1901 Fort Place SE<br>Washington, D.C. 20020<br>Telephone: 202-633-4820<br>Website: [http://anacostia.si.edu/ Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum]
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:The Anacostia Museum Branch Library has over 5,000 books, and close to 100 periodical titles in various formats. It collects materials relating to the preservation of family and community history through education, advocacy, and documentation. Primary focus is on east of the Potomac River communities. Their new focus is community museology, urban communities, issues that impact urban communities, and the people who reside in urban communities.<ref>[http://library.si.edu/libraries/anacostia Anacostia Community Museum Library] in ''Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum'' (accessed 30 May 2016).</ref><br><br>
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[[Image:Univ of NC Louis Round Wilson Library.JPG|thumb|right|240px|UNC Wilson Library in Chapel Hill, NC]][[Image:UNC Davis Library.jpg|thumb|right|128px|UNC Davis Library]]
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==== University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Libraries  ====
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'''[[University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Libraries]]'''
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:'''''Wilson Special Collections Library''''' <br>200 South Road Wilson Library (Campus PO Box #3948)<br>UNC Chapel Hill, NC 27515-8890<br>Telephone: 919-962-1172<br>E-mail: [mailto:nccref@unc.edu nccref@unc.edu]
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:'''''Davis Library''''' <br>208 Raleigh Street (Campus PO Box #3916) <br>UNC Chapel Hill, NC 27599<br>Telephone: 919-962-1151<br>E-mail: [http://library.unc.edu/ask/ E-mail a Question] form <br>
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Website: [https://library.unc.edu/ UNC Chapel Hill Libraries]
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::'''''Wilson Special Collections Library&nbsp;''''' is home to: the famed [http://www2.lib.unc.edu/mss/shc/ Southern Historical Collection] with strengths in plantation records, slavery, the Civil War, Civil Rights, communities, family, race relations, and religious communities<ref>[http://www2.lib.unc.edu/mss/shc/shcabout.html About the Southern Historical Coillection] in ''UNC Chapel Hill Libraries'' (accessed 11 February 2014).</ref>; the [http://www2.lib.unc.edu/ncc/ North Carolina Collection] of published works on North Carolina and its people and biographical index<ref>[http://www2.lib.unc.edu/ncc/genealogy.html Family History and Genealogy Resources in the North Carolina Collection] in ''UNC Chapel Hill Libraries'' (accessed 11 February 2014).</ref>; the [http://www2.lib.unc.edu/rbc/ Rare Book Collection]; the [http://www2.lib.unc.edu/wilson/sfc/ Southern Folklife Collection]; the ''Manuscript Department&nbsp;'' collection of personal papers, letters, and diaries of early North Carolina residents; and the ''Map Department''.<ref name="DB85">William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 85. {{WorldCat|39493985|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Ref Book 973 J54d}}.</ref>
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::'''''Davis Library&nbsp;''''' has humanities, and foreign language materials, maps, a federal documents depository, and microforms.<ref>[http://hours.lib.unc.edu/#view-davis Davis Library] in ''Libraries and Hours'' in ''UNC Chapel Hill Libraries'' (accessed 11 February 2013).</ref>
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::'''''Digital Online:''''' [http://docsouth.unc.edu/index.html Documenting the American South] digital project description, and [http://docsouth.unc.edu/browse/collections.html Collections] descriptions of 16 thematic digitized collections.<br><br>
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==== University of Pennsylvania African Studies Center  ====
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'''University of Pennsylvania 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>Website: [http://www.africa.upenn.edu/ The Africa Center Home]
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:The African Studies Center coordinates course offerings in anthropology, demography, economics, history, language, literature, politics, religion, and sociology. The Van Pelt Library holds most of the African collection. For more details see [http://www.library.upenn.edu/collections/africa/africaoverview.html African Collection at Penn].<ref>[http://www.library.upenn.edu/collections/africa/africaoverview.html African Collection at Penn] in ''Penn Libraries'' (accessed 30 May 2016).</ref><br><br>
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[[File:Hillman Library - evening Fall 2007.jpg|thumb|right|280px|University of Pittsburgh Hillman Library in PA]]
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'''University of Pittsburgh Hillman Library'''<br>3960 Forbes Avenue<br>Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260<br>Telephone: 412-648-7756<br>Website: [http://www.library.pitt.edu/african-american-collection University of Pittsburgh Library System African American Collection]
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:The library houses material on the African Americans, Africans, and Caribbean cultures in the following disciplines: Arts, Education, History, Literature, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Sociology, Sports, and Religion.<ref>[http://www.library.pitt.edu/african-american-collection African American Collection] in ''University of Pittsburgh Library System'' (accessed 30 May 2016).</ref><br><br>
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==== Various State Archives and Libraries  ====
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*Tony Burroughs, ''Black Roots: A Beginner's Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree'' (New York: Fireside Book, ©2001). {{WorldCat|45068561|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|1012177|item|disp=FHL book 973 D27bt 2001}}.
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*Dee Parmer Woodtor, ''Finding a Place Called Home: An African-American Guide to Genealogy and Historical Identity'' (New York: Random House, ©1999). {{WorldCat|40331192|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|829837|item|disp=FHL book 973 F2wd}}.<br><br>
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Most archives and libraries collect records about local residents (biographies, family histories, local histories) and about nearby places (maps, gazetteers, 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 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 the African American Research Wiki pages, 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.

The following archives, libraries, centers, institutes, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their African American ancestors.

Wiki Articles on Major Repositories for African Americans

Allen County Public Library · Family History Library · Library of Congress · National Archives I · National Archives Regional Branches · National Underground Railroad Freedom Center · Birmingham Civil Rights Institute · Black Archives of Mid-America · Duke Univeristy Rubenstein Library · Family History Centers · Godfrey Memorial Library · Kalamazoo College Black History Mobile Museum · New England Historic Genealogical Society · Newberry Library · John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library at Colonial Williamsburg · Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture · Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum · University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Libraries · University of Pennsylvania African Studies Center · University of Pittsburgh Hillman Library

Online Records for African American Research

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Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probates.
Allen Co Public Lib in IN

National Repositories

Allen County Public Library

Allen County Public Library
900 Library Plaza
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Telephone: 260-421-1225
E-mail: genealogy@acpl.info
Website: Genealogy Center ACPL

Allen County Public Library is the second-largest genealogy collection in the United States[1] and the largest genealogy collection in a public library. Its holdings include more than 350,000 printed volumes and 513,000 items on microfilm and microfiche.[2] It has a premier genealogical periodical collection, local histories, genealogies, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, ethnic sources including African Americans, and Canadians. They have a great African American collection.[3]
Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah

Family History Library

Family History Library
35 N. West Temple St.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150
Telephone: 801-240-6996 or 1-866-406-1830
E-mail: Ask help (Send a message)
Website: FamilySearch

They have federal and state censuses showing where African Americans lived, vital records, biographies, cemeteries, church records, Freedman's Bank, Freedmen's Bureau, court records, directories, genealogy, local histories, land and property (may include lists of free Blacks and slaves, bills of sale), manumissions, maps, military records, newspapers, obituaries, periodicals, probate records (may list slaves freed or bequeathed), slavery and bondage, and societies. Holds 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and Mormon records.

Library of Congress

Library of Congress
Library of Congress Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C.

101 Independence Ave. SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ G4
Washington, D.C. 20540-4660
Telephone: Reading Room: 202-707-5537
Fax: 202-707-1957
E-mail: Ask a Librarian form
Website: Library of Congress
See the tutorial at the FamilySearch Learning Center on "African American Genealogical Research at the Library of Congress". The Library of Congress "Local History and Genealogy Reading Room" has moved to the main reading room, but services are unchanged. They are part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, and collections of manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, and published material, strong in North American (including African Americans), British Isles, and German sources.[4]

National Archives I

National Archives I in Washington, D.C.
National Archives and Records Administration (Archives I)
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC
Telephone: 1-866-272-6272
Fax: 301-837-0483
E-mail: National Archives and Records Administration inquiry form
Website: National Archives
Nationwide censuses, pre-WWI military service and pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources (including African Americans) , prisons, and federal employees. The National Archives Building in Washington, DC (Archives I), houses textual and microfilm records relating to genealogy, American Indians, pre-World War II military and naval-maritime matters, the New Deal, the District of Columbia, the Federal courts, and Congress.[5]

National Archives Regional Branches

National Archives Regional Branches
Website: National Archives Locations Nationwide

There are 2 main branches, 11 regional branches, 16 records centers, 2 personnel records centers, and 15 presidential libraries nationwide, as well as "affiliated archives." Each regional branch has copies of key records in Washington, as well as their own regional records. For example, the Atlanta Regional Branch for the Southern States region preserves records of Reconstruction, the Civil Rights Movement, and African American history.[6]

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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Telephone: 513-333-7500 or toll free 877-648-4838
E-mail: Contact Us form
Website: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 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. They tell the history of the guides, safe houses, and transportation network used to smuggle runaway enslaved African Americans out of the slave states to freedom in the North before the American Civil War. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center reveals stories about freedom’s heroes: the men, women and children who challenge inequities to pursue greater freedom for their brothers and sisters.[7]

Regional Repositories

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
520 Sixteenth Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Telephone: 205-328-9696 ext. 203
Telephone toll free: 1-866-328-9696
Fax: 205-251-6104
E-mail: bcri@bcri.org
Website: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Papers of civil rights activist leaders (ministers, organizers, judges, politicians, newspaper editors, educators), school desegregation, 500 desegregation oral history interviews, 1,260 Jim Crow era oral histories, vertical files, TV documentaries, and legal cases collection.[8]

Black Archives of Mid-America

Black Archives of Mid-America in KC, MO
Black Archives of Mid-America
1722 E. 17th Terrace (PO Box 270333)
Kansas City, MO 64127
Telephone: 816-221-1600
Email: info@blackarchives.org
Website: Black Archives of Mid-America homepage
By appointment only. Resources regarding the social and cultural experience of African Americans in the Kansas City metropolitan area and in the surrounding region. This includes oral histories, valuable rare books, and a reference collection, personal papers, records of civil and health service organizations, schools, churches, political organizations, sports groups, and clubs and other voluntary associations.[9]

Duke University Perkins Library

Duke University Perkins Library in Durham NC
Duke University Perkins Library
Franklin Research Center
Durham, North Carolina 27708-0185
Telephone: 919-660-5922
Fax: 919-660-5934
E-mail: franklin-collection@duke.edu
Website: John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture
Largest manuscript collection in the South, including newspapers, county records, Bibles, and journals. They also have many census records originally at the National Archives.[10]
  • Nannie M. Trilley, and Noma Lee Goodwin, Guide to the Manuscript Collections in the Duke University Library (Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1947). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Film 899894; Book 975.6 B5d ser. 27–28. This guide lists about 8,000 names of individuals, families, and historical subjects, and it is indexed.
  • John Hope Franklin Research Center collects, and preserves published and unpublished primary sources for understanding the history and culture of Africa and people of the African Diaspora in the Americas.[11] The Franklin Center is part of the Rubenstein Special Collections Library on the 3rd floor of the Perkins Library.

Family History Centers

A Family History Center in Fayetteville NC
Family History Centers (FHCs) have premium online services for genealogists for free, offer research suggestions, and can order microfilms from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. These microfilms include a good collection of African American records including censuses, vital records, cemeteries, church records, biographies, Freedman's Bank, Freedmen's Bureau, funeral homes, military records, oral history, probate records, slavery and bondage records, and the Southern Claims Commission records.

There are more than 4,700 FHCs in 134 countries. There is no cost to visit a Family History Center or Family History Library. They are open to anyone with an interest in genealogical research. They are operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Click on Find a Family History Center to locate the the center nearest you.[12]

Each center has unique hours of operation, and may have changed from the hours posted on our site. It is a good idea to call the center for their scheduled hours before you visit.

Godfrey Memorial Library

Godfrey Memorial Library
134 Newfield St.
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
Telephone: 860-346-4375
Fax: 860-347-9874
E-mail: Sharon@godfrey.org Reference Librarian
Website: Godfrey Memorial Library

Their collection features digital copies of six African American newspapers in the 1800s.[13] The overall collection is national in scope with many online records in addition to its physical collection. They compiled the American Genealogical and Biographical Index (AGBI) including many African American biographies and autobiographies. This library is an excellent genealogical facility including many New England town records, guidebooks, indexes, biographies, and genealogies.[14]

John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library

Rockefeller Library in Colonial Williamsburg, VA
John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library at Colonial Williamsburg
PO Box 1776
313 First Street
Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776
Telephone: 757-565-8542
Fax: 757-565-8548
E-mail: libref@cwf.org
Website: John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library
Emphasis is on the history of colonial British America, the American Revolution, and the early United States with books, manuscripts, images, Civil War materials, family Bibles, and databases for research in the political and economic life of the thirteen colonies, the new republic, and African American studies.[15]

Kalamazoo College Black History Mobile Museum

Kalamazoo College Black History 101 Mobile Museum
1200 Academy Street
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006
Telephone: 269-337-7000
Website: Facebook: Black History 101 Mobile Museum History Museum

Prominent artifacts include documents signed by Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Booker T. Washington, Fredrick Douglas, Dorothy Height, Elijah Muhammad, Ralph Bunche, Coretta Scott King, Michael Jackson, Muhammad Ali, Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordan, and Angela Davis.[16]

NEHGS 101 Newbury St in Boston

New England Historic Genealogical Society

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)
101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007
Telephone:  617-536-5740; Library 617-226-1231
Fax:  617-536-7307
E-mail:  info@nehgs.org
Website: AmericanAncestors.org

Best overall collection for New England vital records and probates, and excellent collection for Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and Europe. The manuscript collection for members-only has diaries, letters, account books, business papers, church and town records, sermons, maps, wills, deeds, unpublished town and family genealogies, photos, and papers of the region's best genealogists since 1850.[17] [18] [19] See the tutorial at the FamilySearch Learning Center on "African American Resources at NEHGS"

Newberry Library

Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois
Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Telephone:  312-255-3512
E-mail:   reference@newberry.org.
Website: Newberry Library Genealogy and Local History
The Newberry is a private, non-circulating library free and open to the public. It is a research library for humanities and social sciences with 1.5 million books, 5 million manuscript pages, and 500,000 maps. This includes good African American, American Indian, railroad archives, Chicago history, and cartography collections.[20] Note: Microfilms from the Family History Library can be ordered at this library.
NYPL Schomburg Center in Harlem, New York

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture
A Unit of the New York Public Library
515 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10037
Telephone:917-275-6975
Website: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located in Harlem, New York, is a research unit of The New York Public Library system. It focuses exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. It accomplishes this through art, artifacts, research and reference collections, manuscripts, archives, rare books, photos, moving images, sound recordings, educational programs, and digital collections.[21]

Anacostia Comm Museum in Washington DC

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
Telephone: 202-633-4820
Website: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

The Anacostia Museum Branch Library has over 5,000 books, and close to 100 periodical titles in various formats. It collects materials relating to the preservation of family and community history through education, advocacy, and documentation. Primary focus is on east of the Potomac River communities. Their new focus is community museology, urban communities, issues that impact urban communities, and the people who reside in urban communities.[22]

UNC Wilson Library in Chapel Hill, NC
UNC Davis Library

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Libraries

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Libraries

Wilson Special Collections Library
200 South Road Wilson Library (Campus PO Box #3948)
UNC Chapel Hill, NC 27515-8890
Telephone: 919-962-1172
E-mail: nccref@unc.edu
Davis Library
208 Raleigh Street (Campus PO Box #3916)
UNC Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Telephone: 919-962-1151
E-mail: E-mail a Question form

Website: UNC Chapel Hill Libraries

Wilson Special Collections Library  is home to: the famed Southern Historical Collection with strengths in plantation records, slavery, the Civil War, Civil Rights, communities, family, race relations, and religious communities[23]; the North Carolina Collection of published works on North Carolina and its people and biographical index[24]; the Rare Book Collection; the Southern Folklife Collection; the Manuscript Department  collection of personal papers, letters, and diaries of early North Carolina residents; and the Map Department.[10]
Davis Library  has humanities, and foreign language materials, maps, a federal documents depository, and microforms.[25]
Digital Online: Documenting the American South digital project description, and Collections descriptions of 16 thematic digitized collections.

University of Pennsylvania African Studies Center

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
Website: The Africa Center Home

The African Studies Center coordinates course offerings in anthropology, demography, economics, history, language, literature, politics, religion, and sociology. The Van Pelt Library holds most of the African collection. For more details see African Collection at Penn.[26]

University of Pittsburgh Hillman Library in PA

University of Pittsburgh Hillman Library

University of Pittsburgh Hillman Library
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260
Telephone: 412-648-7756
Website: University of Pittsburgh Library System African American Collection

The library houses material on the African Americans, Africans, and Caribbean cultures in the following disciplines: Arts, Education, History, Literature, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Sociology, Sports, and Religion.[27]

Various State Archives and Libraries

See also the state "Archives and Libraries" wiki articles (links below) for descriptions of repositories with further African American material in each respective state.

Archives and Libraries in Each State
Territories and Federal District

Guides

References

  1. Allen County Public Library in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 28 April 2010).
  2. Genealogy Center in Allen County Public Library (accessed 28 April 2010).
  3. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  4. The Collections in Local History and Genealogy Reading Room in The Library of Congress (accessed 8 January 2014).
  5. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  6. National Archives at Atlanta in National Archives (accessed 30 May 2016).
  7. Enabling Freedom in National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (accessed 30 May 2016).
  8. BCRI Archives Collections Guide in Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (accessed 30 May 2016).
  9. Resources in Black Archives of Mid-America (accessed 30 May 2016).
  10. 10.0 10.1 William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 85. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  11. John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture in Duke University Libraries (accessed 30 May 2016).
  12. Introduction to LDS Family History Centers in Family History Research Wiki (accessed 29 February 2016).
  13. "African American Records" in INTERNET Genealogy (June/July 2008): 85.
  14. Dollarhide and Bremer, 25.
  15. John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library in Colonial Williamsburg (accessed 7 January 2014).
  16. Facebook Timeline photo in Black History 101 Mobile Museum History Museum (accessed 30 May 2016).
  17. "New England Historic Genealogical Society" in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England_Historic_Genealogical_Society (accessed 30 August 2010).
  18. Using the NEHGS Library in American Ancestors" (accessed 21 September 2015).
  19. Dollarhide and Bremer, 5, 57, and 59.
  20. Wikipedia Contributors, "Newberry Library" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newberry_Library (accessed 29 October 2010).
  21. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York Public Library (accessed 30 May 2016).
  22. Anacostia Community Museum Library in Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum (accessed 30 May 2016).
  23. About the Southern Historical Coillection in UNC Chapel Hill Libraries (accessed 11 February 2014).
  24. Family History and Genealogy Resources in the North Carolina Collection in UNC Chapel Hill Libraries (accessed 11 February 2014).
  25. Davis Library in Libraries and Hours in UNC Chapel Hill Libraries (accessed 11 February 2013).
  26. African Collection at Penn in Penn Libraries (accessed 30 May 2016).
  27. African American Collection in University of Pittsburgh Library System (accessed 30 May 2016).