African American Resources

General Resources

http://www-bcf.usc.edu/~cmmr/African_American.htmlNew Window
Sites listed here are not necessarily endorsed by the CMMR; they are listed for informational purposes only. Full text articles and resources are also provided.

http://www.littleafrica.com/resources/New Window
LittleAfrica.com expands the market for resources, products and services that cater to and empower African Americans. Founded in 1997, our business was inspired by the early 1900's affluent, all-black community in North Tulsa, Oklahoma which was once commonly referred to as "Black Wall Street" or "Little Africa". LittleAfrica.com's mission is to create a NEW community that takes advantage of the incredible potential of the Internet to economically empower African Americans. The African American Resource section provides a list of those resources that can help propel us toward this mission.

http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/refserv/html/afro.htmlNew Window
African American Resources. Among the holdings of the Maryland State Archives are colonial and State executive, legislative, and judicial records; county probate, land, and court records; and State publications and reports. In addition, the Archives maintain vital records for the 23 counties and Baltimore City.

For a general description of these records, see:

A Guide to Government RecordsNew Window off the Archives' homepage.

See also the following publications available at the Archives:

Suggested Resources for African American HistoryNew Window,
Researching Black Families at the Maryland Hall of Records by Phebe Jacobsen,
"From Frederick to Thurgood" - An African American History of BaltimoreNew Window -
an on-line research project, and others.

http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Home_Page/AFR_GIDE.htmlNew Window
The aim of this guide is to assist K-12 teachers, librarians, and students in locating on-line resources on Africa that can be used in the classroom, for research and studies. This guide summarizes some relevant materials for K-12 uses available on the African Studies WWW. The African Studies Web also contains information that is not listed in this guide. The resources included in this guide are accessible via the African Studies Web server; or through 'hyper links' to other Africa-related databases at institutions worldwide.

http://nutrias.org/~nopl/info/aarcinfo/aarcinfo.htmNew Window
The African American Resource Center (AARC) is a reference division of the New Orleans Public Library that offers patrons a variety of resource materials on the African experience in the Americas. The AARC opened its door to the public in January 1997. The Center is responsible for NOPL's collection development in the area of African American studies, cultural programming and development and acquisition of educational resources that relate to African Americans.

http://etext.virginia.edu/subjects/African-American.htmlNew Window
The E-text Center was founded on a commonsense vision that combines emerging network and digitizing technologies with our subject expertise and library skills. Our twin mission is as follows: to create an on-line archive of standards-based texts and images in the humanities, and to build and support user communities adept at the creation and use of online resources

http://www.lib.jmu.edu/african/default.aspxNew Window
African & African-American Resources. Comprehensive list of resources compiled at the James Madison University library. Includes:

  • Africa - General, African-American - Reference
  • African-American - General
  • African-American - Slavery
  • African-American - Organizations and Societies
  • Journals and Serial Publications

http://www.aawc.com/Zaar.htmlNew Window
As a service primarily to the African American community, links are provided to a multitude of off site pages; however, this site does not necessarily endorse each opinion, product, and service found on these external web sites. Every attempt has been made to provide only honest resources which will educate, entertain, and benefit our people in a "positive" manner; however, as with all resources please use common sense and reasonable caution.

http://www2005.lang.osaka-u.ac.jp/~krkvls/afroindex.htmlNew Window
A library of African American culture, education, history and literature.

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Culture/History Resources

http://thehistorymakers.com/New Window
From the homepage: The History Makers is a national, 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution committed to preserving, developing and providing easy access to an internationally recognized, archival collection of thousands of African American video oral histories. The purpose of this archive is to educate and to: show the breadth and depth of this important American history as told by the first person; highlight the accomplishments of individual African Americans across a variety of disciplines; showcase those who have played a role in African American led movements and/or organizations; and preserve this material for years and generations to come.

In addition, AAHPF acts as a resource center for community groups, preservationists, genealogical and historical societies, not-for-profit organizations and government entities, nationwide, needing assistance in the preservation of African American historical sites and history. The Foundation's web site provides information on it's activities and serves as a research tool that is used by teachers and students ranging from middle school through postgraduate studies.

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Genealogy Resources

georgiaarchives.org/what_do_we_have/african_american_resources/default.htmNew Window
Historical and Genealogical Resources Available. Please note: This list of materials relating to African-American records is by no means definitive. Record description has been ongoing since 1918, and the subject headings have changed over time due to social and professional standards. Therefore, the researcher interested in the African-American experience in Georgia needs to be aware of and use as access points the historical nomenclature of "Colored" and/or "Negro." However, as with any record in an archive, the first and foremost consideration of accessing the material is by provenance, that is, by the agency or person creating the document. Therefore, there is often material available for reference which is not specifically labeled or segregated by race that may augment the research. For a full and rich research experience, please consult the reference archivists.

http://www.cslib.org/blagen.htmNew Window
Research Guide to African-American Genealogical Resources at the Connecticut State Library. In recent years many black Americans have begun to take pride in their African heritage and to look for information about the past. Although tracing African-American genealogy can be difficult, it is no longer considered impossible. Please note that this research guide deals primarily with resources pertaining to African-American genealogy and local history from colonial times through the end of the nineteenth century. Not all blacks in Connecticut share this background; some may have Cape Verdean or Caribbean ancestries. They may see themselves not as African-Americans but rather as people with a distinctly different history and cultural heritage. Resources covering these other groups may be covered in a future research guide.

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Business Resources

http://www.loc.gov/rr/business/black/New Window
Prepared by the staff of the Business Reference Section. Science, Technology and Business Division Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Site includes: Selected print resources in the Library of Congress illustrating the development of black business in the United States compiled in conjunction with an exhibit mounted in the Business Reading Room during Black History Month, February 2000; a list of books, journals, handouts, and web sites featured during Black History Month 2001 in an exhibit in the Business Reading Room; a selected list of pertinent books which provide additional information about the subjects of an exhibit on black business leaders mounted in the Business Reading Room during Black History Month, February 2001; an annotated list of selected web resources for African American business; a listing of statistical compendia on African Americans compiled in conjunction with an exhibit on black business leaders mounted in the Business Reading Room during Black History Month, February 2001; and selected Library of Congress subject headings relating to African American business linked directly to the Library of Congress Online Catalog.

http://www.blackenterprise.com/New Window
Contains business news, "Business Enterprise 100 Lists," free downloads, and information on investing and franchising.

http://www.mbemag.com/New Window
MBE magazine is published bi-monthly by Minority Business Entrepreneur and serves as a nationwide forum for minority and women business owners, corporations and government agencies concerned with minority enterprise development.

http://www.nationalbcc.org/New Window
The National Black Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the United States and via interaction with the Black Diaspora. The National Black Chamber of Commerce was incorporated in Washington, DC in March 1993. This business association represents 95,000 Black owned businesses and provides an advocacy that reaches all 1 million Black owned businesses. The NBCC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization dedicated to the economic empowerment of African American communities. 190 affiliated chapters are locally based throughout the nation as well as international affiliate chapters based in Bahamas, Brazil, Colombia, Ghana and Jamaica and Businesses as well as individuals who may have chose to be direct members with the national office.

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Health Resources

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/africanamericanhealth.htmlNew Window
MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

http://www.cdc.gov/women/index.htmNew Window
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the 13 major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Since it was founded in 1946 to help control malaria, CDC has remained at the forefront of public health efforts to prevent and control infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats. Today, CDC is globally recognized for conducting research and investigations and for its action oriented approach. CDC applies research and findings to improve people's daily lives and responds to health emergencies—something that distinguishes CDC from its peer agencies.

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/omwh/New Window
Our mission at the Office of Minority and Women's Health in the National Center for Infectious Diseases is to assure that the burden and impact of infectious diseases among racial and ethnic minorities and women is acknowledged, understood, and addressed through research, surveillance, education, training, and program development. Of major concern are racial, ethnic, and gender health disparities in infectious disease. We work to help improve the health and well-being of minority and under-served populations through a wide-ranging program that includes research, training, and prevention.

http://www.diversityrx.orgNew Window
Diversity Rx: Promoting language and cultural competence to improve the quality of health care for minority, immigrant, and ethnically diverse communities.

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Last Updated: 1/23/13