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African-American Heritage

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African-American History Online
African-American History Online includes thousands of entries, covering the entire breadth of African-American history, from African beginnings through the slave trade and the civil rights movement to the present. The database is organized into sections: Biographies, Subject Entries, Primary Sources, Timelines, an Image Gallery, and Maps and Charts.   Virtual Tour

Ancestry Library
A genealogical and historical research tool that provides access to city directories, U.S. Federal Census records between 1790 and 1930, immigration, vital, military, court, church, and ethnic records. It includes resources for Buffalo & Erie County historical records.  Available at all library locations.  Virtual Tour

Biograpy in Context
Biography in Context is an online resource for those seeking contextual information on the world's most influential people. It merges authoritative reference content with periodicals and multimedia while also allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.  Virtual Tour

HeritageQuest Online
U.S. Federal census records from 1790-1930, family genealogies, local histories, tax lists, city directories, land and probate records, birth, marriage and death records, and genealogical and local history serials from the Periodical Source Index (PERSI).  It includes resources for Buffalo & Erie County historical information. Virtual Tour

History Reference Center
The History Reference Center database features reference books, encyclopedias, and nonfiction books from leading history publishers.  This resource also includes history periodicals, historical documents, biographies, historical photos and maps, and historical videos.  Virtual Tour

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law  
The slavery in America Collection of HeinOnline brings together all of the known legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world, including hundreds of pamphlets and books written about slavery from the collection of the B&ECPL.  Available at all library locationsVirtual Tour



African American History Month
The Library of Congress celebrates the contributions of African Americans throughout U.S. history. 

Family Search: African American Records and Research
Family Search's African American section provides free access to a variety of historical records and biographical information.  Also included is an index of related African American genealogical research sites.

The National Archives: African American Heritage
The National Archives site hosts a section for African American Resources.  Find digital reproductions of primary historical documents, civilian and military records, historical photos, and a variety of scholarly resources and related links.


Community and Local Links

William A. Miles Center for African and African-American Studies 
Housed at the Frank E. Merriweather Public Library, this is the largest resource center in Western New York for African and African-American history.  This collection includes primary source microfilm and photos, an extensive collection of hardcopy books, and several specialized databases designed for both ready reference queries and in-depth research.

Ujima Theatre
Serves to advance the interest and exposure of the performing arts as created and interpreted by African-Americans, by providing working opportunities for established artists and training experience for student artists.  Ujima Company, Inc. is dedicated to the development and presentation of work by African-American and other Third World artists.

Uncrowned Community Builders
A site devoted to collecting and publicizing biographies of the African American women and men of Western New York who have been identified as community builders. Features include history, biographies, organizations and events.

Visit Buffalo Niagara: African American Heritage
Experience Buffalo's African American Heritage with this information from the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Visit the festivals, cultural institutions, historic sites, food, shopping, and nightlife that are integral to African American Buffalo.


Library Materials

Click on the following topics for a quick search in the Library's Catalog.

African American Art
African American Biography
African American History
African American Literature
African American Music
African American Poetry
African American Traditional Cooking
Civil Rights Movement
Slavery and the Slave Trade
Underground Railroad