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African American Studies: Primary Resources

A guide designed for students taking courses in African American Studies

Slave Narratives

The American Slave - A 19 volume set containing transcriptions from the narratives collected during the Federal Works Project, 1936-1938. Call Number:  E441 .A58


Born in Slavery - Part of the American Memory Project this resource is a digitized version of the Slave Narratives, Federal Works Project, 1936-1938.  Also includes over 200 photographs from the Library of Congress Prints and Photograph Division.


Primary Source Databases

Special Collections

Anti-slavery Propaganda in the Oberlin College Library - A rich collection of primary source materials published before January 1, 1863.  Must access the collection using the Reader/Printer machines in the lower level of Pius Library.  Call Number:  Pius Microfiche E449 .L865 1968 

Black Abolitionist Papers - Primary source documents including speeches, lectures, semons, poetry, and other documents by key African American leaders from 1830-1865.  Call Number:  Pius Microfilm E449 .B624 1993