African American Archives and Libraries
[[Image:Template: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.
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
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)
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20408
National Archives - Regional Branches
Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
900 Library Plaza, P.O. Box 2270
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46801-2270
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
The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
The University of Pittsburgh
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260
The University of Pennsylvania
African Studies Center
647 Williams Hall
255 S 36th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-6305
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
520 Sixteenth Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Toll Free: 1-866-328-9696
The Black Archives of Mid-America
2033 Vine Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108-3007
Internet: http://www.blackarchives.org/Internet: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html
John Hope Franklin Collection for African and African-American Documentation
Durham, North Carolina 27708
http://library.duke.edu/specialcollections/franklin/ Internet: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html
UNC University Libraries
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
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
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
60 W. Walton St. - Chicago, IL - 60610
Reading Rooms: Tue - Fri 9am-5pm Sat 9am-1pm
Note: Microfilms from the Family History Library can be ordered at this Public Library
- Jack Simpson and Matt Rutherford, A Bibliography of African American Family History at the Newberry Library (Chicago : The Newberry Library, ©2005). PDF version online. At various libraries (WorldCat).
General Resources for African American Research
The following resources can be helpful as you begin your research:
- Tony Burroughs, Black Roots: A Beginner's Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree (New York : Fireside Book, ©2001). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL book 973 D27bt 2001.
- Dee Parmer Woodtor, Finding a Place Called Home: An African-American Guide to Genealogy and Historical Identity (New York : Random House, ©1999). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL book 973 F2wd.