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Black Geographies: Research Resources

Archival Research

Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University documents the Black experience and preserves the legacy of the people of the African diaspora. Includes digitized photographs and archival finding aids for collections from significant scholars, political figures, artists and institutions.  

ProQuest Historical Newspapers Black Newspapers offers journalistic accounts and editorial perspectives from prominent African American newspapers in the U.S. Coverage ranges from the late 19th-century to the early 21st and spans major cities in the Southeast, the Midwest, and California.

UC Berkeley Library's African American Studies: Collection GuideTopics include reconstruction, segregation and Black migration, business and labor, the arts, and the Black Panther Party.

Black Thought and Culture: electronic collection of approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by major American black leaders—teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, war veterans, entertainers, and other figures covering 250 years of history.

Community Engagement

Anti Police-Terror Projectseeks to "eradicate police terror in communities of color" and offers many resources including legal overviews of structural issues behind police terror, studies on and documentation of police abuse in the Bay Area, and alternative models for community safety.

Black Studies Collaboratory at UC Berkeleybrings together artists, activists and scholars to amplify the interdisciplinary, political and world-building work of Black Studies.. Their website includes recorded talks from scholars, performers, and organizers, as well as a model for collaborative syllabus design inspired by the Open University.


NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the premiere U.S. repositories for the study of Black life and culture. The Center houses the manuscripts of key works of African American and diasporic literatures, as well as artworks from luminaries in painting, sculpture, and photography. The papers of numerous civil rights organizations and intellectuals are also available.

African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song: Library of America anthology of 250 African American poets from the colonial area to the contemporary moment led to live events in 2021 as well as media of poets reciting and discussing their works. A solid place to start for an overview of the evolution of African American poetry, and biographical information on key figures.

Oakland Museum of California: Black PowerAn outgrowth of the 2016 exhibition All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50, this more permanent piece of the Gallery of California History includes documents, graphics, an artifacts from the Black Power movement in the Bay Area, with a particular focus on the Black Panther Party.

Museum of the African Diaspora, San FranciscoA legacy of urban renewal and the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, MoAD focuses on contemporary art from Black cultures across the globe. Four themes frame their galleries: Origins, Movement, Adaptation, and Transformation.

The Black Music History Library: a living collection of books, articles, documentaries, series, podcasts and more about the Black origins of traditional and popular music dating from the 18th century to present day. Resources are organized chronologically and by genre.

Black Places

The Buffalo Syllabus: The Black Buffalo Syllabus Collective compiled a list of articles, books, op-eds, policy reports, poems, and media on different themes to contextualize the social, economic, and political climate of Buffalo today.

The Black Midwest Initiative: a progressive collective of scholars, students, activists, organizers, and community-involved people who are committed to advocating for the lives of people of African descent throughout the Midwest and Rust Belt regions of the United States. 

Remembering Freedom: Longtown and Greenville History Harvest: digital archive of the Greenville Settlement, which was one of the earliest and most prosperous rural Black communities in the states of Indiana and Ohio.

Black chicagoland: explores the geographic, sociosonic, music, and visual textures of Black livingness in chicagoland through multi-sensory engagement that goes beyond chicago's iconic south side.