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African American Studies

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Scope of Collection
African American Studies is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on race as a social construction, with an emphasis on the African Diaspora and the cultures, patterns of social organization, political economies, life conditions, etc. of various African-based societies and communities in the Caribbean, Latin America, the United States, Europe, and other areas of the world. The collections have been built over the years with attention to the research needs of faculty and the academic programs offered to students.

Berkeley's African American Collections are concentrated chiefly in the humanities and social sciences, which are housed in the Gardner (MAIN) Stacks of the Doe Library.

Collection Strengths
The Collections are very strong in microfilm editions of important research materials, including the personal papers of prominent African Americans and other records, particularly those of organizations, such as the NAACP and CORE. For these holdings please see African American Microform Collections in the UC Berkeley Library - A Bibliography.

Primary Languages and Formats
English, French - books, journals, video, microfilm

Related Collections
Materials can be found in most of the subject specialty and affiliated libraries on campus, including Moffitt, Education-Psychology, Ethnic Studies, Environmental Design, Public Health, Social Welfare, Music, and Law Libraries. In addition, The Bancroft Library's holdings include manuscripts, photographs, and fine first editions.

For information about research tools, library guides, and related pages, see this guide to African American Studies.

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