African American Communities

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Database of primary source material related to African American community life from the second half of the 19th century through the 20th.  Focusing on communities in Atlanta, Chicago, Brooklyn, and towns and cities in North Carolina, it comprises oral histories, including audio and video files, correspondence, leaflets and pamphlets, magazines and periodicals, legal documents and official records, photographs, maps, ephemera, and images of objects. Key themes include: desegregation; urban renewal and housing problems; civil rights activities and protests; race relations and community integration, and African American culture.

Additional features include essays by academic and collection specialists, themed visual galleries and guides, community case studies, and an interactive exhibition on the African American community of Weeksville in Brooklyn.

Dates covered

1863 through the 20th century.


Includes archival materials from the following institutions:

  • Atlanta History Center
  • Richard J. Daley Library, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Special Collections Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • The Newberry Library
  • Weeksville Heritage Center

Type of coverage

Images and full text of primary source documents; audio and video oral histories with transcripts.

Producer/content provider

Adam Matthew Digital

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Adam Matthew Digital

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