Black Studies Collection at a glance
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ProQuest’s comprehensive, award-winning Black Studies content available in a single location for deeper, more meaningful research, teaching, and learning. Developed in collaboration with faculty, scholars and librarians, this database combines multi-format primary and secondary sources, like historical Black newspapers, archival documents, government materials, videos, scholarly journals, essays and more. This outstanding content is supplemented with user-friendly features including timelines, topic pages, and collection pages for easier navigation and discovery.
Topics pages on people, organizations and events – helping students get important background information.
Timeline organized by key categories, events and people for awareness of context and connections.
Segmented search results by content type such as archival materials, newspapers, periodicals and more.
Multi-faceted results filtering, browse content lists and quickly download PDFs.
These are the sources I would come back to again and again, and where I would send my students, to find what's not available anywhere else: the primary source collections and the newspapers.
Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Assistant Professor of History, The Ohio State University
The ten newspapers included in ProQuest Black Studies are among the most distinguished African American newspapers in the U.S. Titles include: Atlanta Daily World, Baltimore Afro-American, Chicago Defender, Cleveland Call and Post, Los Angeles Sentinel, Michigan Chronicle, New York Amsterdam News, Norfolk Journal and Guide, Philadelphia Tribune, and Pittsburgh Courier.Learn More
The archival collections in ProQuest Black Studies are highlighted by the NAACP Papers, which have been called the most important collection for research on the Black Freedom Movement in the 20th Century.Learn More
Alongside the NAACP Papers, ProQuest Black Studies will also include records of three of the most important civil rights organization of the 1950s and 1960s: Congress of Racial Equality; Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.Learn More
This primary source collection details the extensive work of African Americans to abolish slavery in the United States prior to the Civil War. Covering the period 1830-1865, the collection presents the international impact of African American activism against slavery, in the writings of the activists themselves.Learn More
How historian Evan Faulkenbury used primary source documents to uncover the little-known Voter Education Project for his book.Read More
Why one professor assigns civil rights content from History Vault to his undergraduate seminar students – and the profound impact on their learning experience.Read More
Primary Source Collections
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An essential acquisition for libraries serving scholars in civil and human rights American history, criminal justice, social choice and political theory, military history, and sociology. A tremendously significant historical resource.
Cheryl LaGuardia, Library Journal review of NAACP Papers
Descriptions of recommended books and primary source content to help novice researchers get acquainted with writing about civil rights history.Read More
Discover different avenues for research and learning about women’s critical involvement in civic activity from Reconstruction through the Jim Crow era.Read More
This is a remarkable resource. … It will be of great value to academic researchers and all readers who are motivated to analyze primary documents in their quest to uncover the attitudes and actions of African American organizers as well as those of officials in power.
T. M. Hughes, Choice Review of Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century
Howard Saffold, founding member of an organization dedicated to fighting racial abuse and discrimination in the Chicago Police Department, shares his experiences.Read More
Professor Joe Street explains how documents from History Vault have informed deeper insights about the controversial Black Panther Party and his book on the organization’s history.Read More
[These materials] provide students and their instructors with abundant resources on a wide range of subjects that allows them to concentrate on learning the historian’s craft through independent research.
Eric Arnesen, Professor of History, George Washington University
ProQuest History Vault is an award-winning, continuously growing digitized collection of unique manuscript and archival materials, curated in alignment with the curriculum and emerging research trends.ProQuest History Vault
With ProQuest Historical Newspapers, trace the Revolutionary War rebel cause, Reconstruction after the Civil War, learn about a break-through medical discovery, the inauguration of a world leader, both world wars, the Civil Rights Movement, experiment with a tasty new recipe, laugh at a comic strip and experience the birth of freedom —all from one source.ProQuest Historical Newspapers
Women and Social Movements Library focuses on women's public activism globally, from 1600 to the present. Created through collaboration with leading historians, the collection contains nearly 400,000 pages of primary source documents and more than 200 related scholarly essays interpreting these sources.Women and Social Movements Library