Skip to Main Content

Black Geographies: Black California

Archival Resources

The Bancroft Library has a numerous materials centering African Americans in California. This collection consists of major published source materials, manuscripts, photographs and assorted ephemera that documents a variety of areas, but fall chiefly in the humanities, social sciences, law, botany, and health sciences. The Bancroft Library’s African American Writers Collection contains thousands of books, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and other rare works by African American authors. Materials range in date from the 1790’s to the present.The Library places particular emphasis on works produced by Black people in the American West and serves as the repository for several local African American organizations such as the NAACP West Coast Region, the Records of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, and the Black Scholar Journal.

Photographs and Images