The list of resources in this guide is not comprehensive. The SCRC has many other collections that include some items relating to African Americans. Most of our antebellum collections have some mention of enslaved people or slavery, whether in letters, diaries, or business records.
Please note that some of the language in the titles of these sources is outdated and/or offensive. As part of our larger efforts to make our archives more inclusive, diverse, equitable, and representative, we are working to update the language in our libguides and finding aids as appropriate. In some cases, such as titles or LOC subject headings, the original language remains unchanged and reflects language used during the time of the source's creation.
The general collections of Swem Library also support research in this subject area, including newspapers, magazines, government documents, published memoirs, etc. Among the major sources are:
If you get stuck along the way, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help. Just click the HELP tab at the top of any page in this guide to get contact information for Special Collections Research Center staff.
Best of luck with your research!
Special Collections Research Center Access Tools :There are a variety of tools available to guide you in finding materials in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) including video tutorials. Don't forget that you also may come into the SCRC in person and consult with the staff member on duty for guidance.
Swem Library also produces video tutorials to assist you in How to Read & Understand Catalog Records for Books, Finding Full-Text Electronic Books & Documents in Swem Library's Catalog, Find it: A Basic Guide (note this discovery tool's brand name is Summon).
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