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African American Studies Resource Guide: Primary Sources
This guide provides selected information resources in support of BLKST / HST- 469: 'African American Life-Slave & Free.' These resources include both those useful to the study of historical events and those appropriate for researching current issues.
North America's most complete assembly of original rare maps focusing on early Africa. Contains 5,000 maps, engravings, archive papers, texts, and references from rare books. This collection includes materials written in English, Latin, Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, and Italian. Collection items originate from the years 1480 to 1900.
Through a partnership with the New England chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, the Sawyer Library is now home to the Freedmen’s Bureau Microfilm Collection. The Bureau was established by the US government in 1865 to help former slaves make the transition to freedom. The microfilm collection includes thousands of original, handwritten documents that recount the African-American experience in the post-civil war and Reconstruction eras.
Afro American Historical And Genealogical Society Microfilm Collection. The complete set of microfilm is available for research on the Library’s 3rd floor. Browse the complete list of reels in the library catalog. The National Archives and Records Administration website provides an in-depth overview of the collection and its context.