Databases by subject: Africana Studies (African American & African)

Major Indexes

African American Biographical Database

Find biographies of thousands of African Americans and extended narratives of African American activists, former slaves, performing artists, educators, writers, and more from 1790-1950.

African American Newspapers, 1827-1998

Find fully digitized African American newspapers from more than 35 states.

Black Short Fiction

Full text African and African-Diaspora short stories, folktales, and selected literary magazines.

Black Studies Center

Find full text articles from major black newspapers, scholarly essays, and literary works, from the early 1800s onward. Includes the International Index to Black Periodicals, the Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, and the Black Literature Index.

Black Thought and Culture

Find full text of non-fiction published works of leading African Americans, interviews, journal articles, and other material of 20th century topics, including politics, religion, history, and sports.

Corpus of Francophone Literature

Find French-speaking literature including the entire French speaking Sub-Saharan Africa from 1700 to 1960, including oral literature and periodicals, parish bulletins, and school report books.

Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience

Explore the experience of peoples of African descent throughout the Americas via in-depth essays accompanied by detailed timelines, research articles, images, and film clips.

Additional Indexes

African American Music Reference

Search or browse over 160 books on all aspects of African American music.

Anthropology Plus

Find journal articles and reports from 19th century to the present in anthropology/archaeology and related interdisciplinary fields.

Caribbean Literature

Find an extensive selection of 19th and 20th century works in a variety of languages, including novels, short stories and poetry representing every Caribbean country.

Ethnic NewsWatch

Find articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals from ethnic, minority, and native presses.

Historical Chicago Defender

Online content of the Chicago Defender which became the most influential black newspaper in the US within its first 10 years begins in 1910 and goes through 1975.
Includes full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue of this newspaper.