Q. Where can I find research resources for Black History?


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.
  • BlackPast.org – 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.


  • Last Updated Jul 09, 2021
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  • Answered By Melissa Brenneman

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