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African American/Black History Month Resources

Lansing, MIFebruary 7, 2017 – This month’s celebration is a great opportunity to highlight some MeL eResources that you might not use on a regular basis but which contain varied resources to satisfy users completing a school assignment or seeking personal enrichment.

Here are three:

Michigana: Sources in U.S. History Online is a rich digital archives covering the time period of 1500-1926 in American history. Primary source documents include personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises, images, and maps are all included in 25+ different document types. Browse topics or do a search.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)  contains full text reference books and encyclopedias in 15 collections including General Reference, History, and Multicultural Studies. A basic search in Multicultural Studies for slavery provided a link to the Manifesto of the American Anti-Slavery Society, a primary source document.

HeritageQuest Online is a treasure trove for historians and genealogists alike. Look under Research Aids for information on African American family research (explaining free or slave, slaveholders, property and probate records, ship manifests, Freedmen’s Bureau records, and more). Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.


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