The following list is representative of the library collection, but is not comprehensive.



Searching on subject headings in the library catalog can be tricky. "African American history" as a search is too broad. Try these searches to get you started:

Reference books

Knoxville and Tennessee

See even more on the subject African Americans -- Tennessee -- History.

Documentary and data sources

Online collections

  • The Chicago Defender (1909–1975) is an important source of primary documentation; find it in the ProQuest Historical Newspapers database.
  • African American Historical Serials Collection (1829–1922) documents religious life and culture; primary sources include newspapers and magazines, plus reports and annuals from African American religious organizations, including churches and social service agencies.

Reference books

Circulating books


  • Black Freedom Struggle in the U.S. –  Expertly selected open primary source documents include historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history, supporting a wide range of students.
  • – Covers Black history with a vast array of resources such as encyclopedia entries, full text primary documents, major speeches of black activists and leaders, historical timelines, research guides and lesson plans.
  • Digital Schomburg (Center for Research in Black Culture) – Exhibitions, books, articles, photographs, prints, audio and video streams, and selected external links for research in the history and cultures of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora.
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