African American Studies

Contact Your Librarian

  • Jason M. Schultz
  • Chiwara

  • Office Hours: Weds. 1:30pm-3:00pm (675A Barrows), or by appt.
  • Office Location: 438 Doe Library
  • Contact Info:

    (510) 984-3012

Collection Overview

UC Berkeley's African American Studies Collections are concentrated in the humanities and social sciences, housed in the Gardner (Main) Stacks of the Doe Library. More specialized materials can be found in over 20 subject specialty libraries on campus, including Moffitt, Education-Psychology, Environmental Design, Public Health, Social Welfare, Music, and Law Libraries. In addition, the Bancroft Library’s holdings include manuscripts, photographs, and many first editions. 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.

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Doe Library, North Reading Room

Campus Links

Department of African American Studies

Center for Race & Gender

African American Student Development

Library Catalogs

Finds materials related to your topic including books, government publications, and audio and video recordings in the libraries of UC Berkeley. OskiCat will show you the location and availability of the items that we own.  Does not include Law Library holdings.

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E-Book Resources


Book & Text Collections

Primary Source Databases

Find Dissertations

Find Dissertations by searching Dissertations and Theses (Dissertation Abstracts) Full Text, which includes full-text of most dissertations since 1997. It indexes over 1.5 million dissertations completed in North American (including UC) and European universities from 1861 to the present. Listings after 1980 include abstracts, and some feature 24-page excerpts. 

Consult the comprehensive list of African American Theses and Dissertations, 1907-2002 at UCB. Also see Find Dissertations and Theses for other specialized sources, and dissertations completed at a UC campus can also be found in Library catalogs, which have limit to dissertations/theses search options:

Dissertations/Theses in Oskicat

Other Full-text Access: Online full-text of UC dissertations (from 1996) can be found by searching Dissertations & Theses @ University of California and also appear in Library catalog search results. UC Berkeley dissertations in print prior to 1996 may be found by searching the Library catalogs. Dissertations done at other UC campuses prior to 1996 or ouside the UC system must be obtained through Interlibrary Loan or using the "Request" option in Melvyl.


African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography Call #: Doe Reference and Main (Gardner) Stacks PN4882.5.A12 A37 1998 Read at Google Read at Google

African American Women: An Annotated Bibliography Call #: Main (Gardner) Stacks E185.86.A12 T46 2001 Read at Google Read at Google

Bibliography of African American Leadership: An Annotated Guide Call #: Doe Reference E185.61.A12 W29 2000 Read at Google Read at Google

Blacks in the American West and Beyond--America, Canada, and Mexico: A Selectively Annotated Bibliography Call #: Doe Reference and Bancroft E185.925.A12 J86 2000 Read at Google Read at Google

Kaiser Index to Black Resources, 1948-1986 Call #: Doe Reference and Main (Gardner) Stacks E185.A12 K34 1992 Read at Google Read at Google

RCL: Resources for College Libraries Call #: Doe Reference Z1039.C65 R35 2006 v.1-7 (2006), consult v.6 for African American Studies Read at Google Read at Google


African American Authors, 1745-1945: Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook Call #: Online and Doe Reference PS153.N5 A32 2000 Read at Google Read at Google

African American Lives Call #: Doe Reference E185.96.A446 2004 Read at Google Read at Google

African American National Biography Call #: Doe Reference E185.96 .A4466 2008 v.1-8 Read at Google Read at Google

African American Political Leaders Call #: Doe Reference E185.96 .C18 2004 Read at Google Read at Google

African American Writers Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall PS153.N5 A344 2001 v.1-2 (2001) Read at Google Read at Google

Autobiographies by Americans of color, 1995-2000: An Annotated Bibliography Call #: Doe Reference CT211.A12 S7 2003 Read at Google Read at Google

Contemporary Black Biography Call #: Doe Reference E185.96 .C66 v.69-current, v. 1-68 in Main (Gardner) Stacks Read at Google Read at Google

Who's Who Among African Americans Call #: Main (Gardner) Stacks E185.96 .W52 latest year in Doe Reference Read at Google Read at Google


African Americans and Popular Culture Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall E185.625 .A384 2008 v.1-3 (c2008) Read at Google Read at Google

Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall DT14 .A37435 2005 v.1-5 (2005) Read at Google Read at Google

Almanac of African American Heritage: A Book of Lists Featuring People, Places, Times, and Events That Shaped Black Culture Call #: Doe Reference E185 .A448 2001 Read at Google Read at Google

Black Women in America Call #: Online and Doe Reference Reference Hall E185.86 .B542 2005 v.1-3 Read at Google Read at Google

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall E185 .E54 2006 Read at Google Read at Google

Encyclopedia of African American History Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall E185 .E544 2010 v.1-3 (2010) Read at Google Read at Google

Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora : Origins, Experiences, and Culture Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall DT16.5 .E53 2008 v.1-3 (c2008) Read at Google Read at Google

Encyclopedia of Black Studies Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall E185 .E554 2005 Read at Google Read at Google

Encyclopedia of the Harlem Literary Renaissance Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall PS153.N5 B675 2006 Read at Google Read at Google

Encyclopedia of Minorities in American Politics Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall E184.A1 E574 2000 Read at Google Read at Google

Government Information

Federal Records Pertaining to Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954) Call #: Government Reference KF228.B76 A12 2004 and online

Records of Military Agencies Relating to African Americans from the Post-World War I Period to the Korean War Call #: Government Reference UB418.A47 R4 2006

Black Demographic Data, 1790-1860 : A Sourcebook Call #: Government Reference E185.18 .C73 1997 Read at Google Read at Google

Status and Trends in the Education of Blacks Call #: Government Reference LC2717 .H64 2003

Guides & Handbooks

Financial Aid for African Americans Call #: Doe Reference & Education-Psychology LB 2338 .F5643 Read at Google Read at Google

Handbook of African American Literature Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall PS153.N5 E78 2004 Read at Google Read at Google


The Media Resources Center (MRC) at Moffitt Library is the UC Berkeley Library's primary collection of materials in electronic non-print (audio and visual) formats. These formats include: videocassettes, DVDs; compact audio discs; audiocassettes; and online (streamed) audio and video. Materials in the MRC collection may be used on-site in the Center by current UC Berkeley students and staff. Links to selected African American cinema and documentary films at the MRC below:


African American historical and current newspapers are also available electronically through subscription databases from UC Berkeley.  More are available through general U.S. current and historical newspaper databases.

The Library's Newspaper & Microforms Room holds a number of primary source African American newspapers from throughout the U.S. Papers on microfilm are shelved in title order by state.  Currently received print titles are shelved by title.  Some titles are also available in the Bancroft Library.  See selected titles in the UC Berkeley collection below.  Click on newspaper titles below to link to its OskiCat record.

The California Voice (Oakland, 1920-1998) Location: News/Micro NEWSFILM-1 (separate issues)

Flatlands (Oakland, 1966-67) Location:  News/Micro MICROFILM 78777, Bancroft BANC NMP 6764:2:3

The Oakland Post (1963- )Location: News/Micro NEWSPRINT-1

The Sacramento Observer (Sacramento, 1962- ) Location: News/Micro NEWSFILM-1 

The Sun-Reporter (San Francisco, 1943- )Location: News/Micro NEWSFILM-1

The Peninsula Bulletin (East Palo Alto, 1967-1979) Location:  News/Micro NEWSFILM-1

Los Angeles Tribune (Los Angeles, 1941-1960) Location:  library only has selected issues, mainly from 1947-1952 in News/Micro NEWSFILM-1

The California Eagle (Los Angeles, 1897-1966) Location:  library has 1913-1930, 1944-53 in News/Micro NEWSFILM-1

Atlanta Daily World (Atlanta, GA 1932-  ) Location: News/Micro NEWSFILM-1, library lack some issues

Baltimore Afro American (Baltimore, MD 1915-1987) Location: NRLF, library lacks some issues, issues for 1892-1898 in 19th U.S. Newspapers database.

Journal and Guide (Norfolk, VA 1901-1975) Location: NRLF, library lack some issues.

The Michigan Chronicle (Detroit, MI 1936- )Location: News/Micro NEWSFILM-1 (1943-1974)

Pittsburgh Courier (Pittsburgh, PA, 1923-1950, 1951-2002) Location: News/Micro NEWSFILM-1, library lacks some issues

Richmond Afro American (Richmond, VA, 1938-68) Location: NRLF, Library lacks same issues

The Stanford Library has one of the largest collection of newspapers in print and mircofilm in the United States.  They are available for on-site viewing by UCB afilliated persons.The Center for Research Libraries lends newspapers on microfilm to UCB patrons.  Many titles are listed on the Melvyl Catalog where you can request film by sent to UCB for use.



The UC Berkeley Libraries has extensive microform (microfilm and microfiche) collections, containing valuable information for researchers. The following lists of African American microform holdings include much primary source material.


The Newspapers and Microforms Room(40 Doe Library) has machines that read, print, and scan images from microfilm and microfiche.

Microfilm and microfiche owned by the UC Berkeley Libraries can be found through OskiCat; use Advanced Keyword Search to limit your search to "All Microforms." In the News/Micro collection, microfilm rolls and microfiche cards are shelved with their own numbering system; click here for a PDF of the collection's floorplan.

Web Gateways

Black Past: Remembered & Reclaimed
A reference center to primary and secondary resources on the African and African American experience in the United State and worldwide. Includes three modules: African American History, African American History in the West, and Global African History with links and encyclopedic entries on topics related to Africana history.

eBlack Studies
Resources recording all aspects of the history of African American thought and culture.

Stone Center Library for Black Culture and History Guide to the Web (UNC)
Guide to online primary and secondary African American Studies resources.

Collections & Libraries

African American Faculty and Senior Staff Oral History Project, Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley
Includes oral history transcripts from a pioneer Berkeley African American faculty and staff members.

African American Studies Diaspora Bibliography: UCB Holdings 1970-2003
UC Berkeley print holdings on diaspora studies for African American Studies.

Amistad Research Center (Tulane University)
Archives specializing on the modern Civil Rights Movement, history of slavery, race relations, and African American community development.

Auburn Avenue Research Library (Atlanta Public Library)
A special library of the Atlanta-Fulton County Library System. It is the first public library of its kind in the southeast offering specialized reference and archival collections for the study and research of African cultures.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Archives Division
Collections focus on documents relating to events that occurred during the civil rights struggle of the 1950's and 1960's in Birmingham and throughout the United States.

Emory University African American History and Culture Manuscript Collection
Guide to African American collections at Emory University's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL).

John Hope Franklin Collection for African and African American Documentation (Duke University)
Repository for African and African American studies documentation housed at the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University.

Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project (Stanford)
The King Papers Project's principal mission is to publish a definitive fourteen-volume edition of King's most significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings, and unpublished manuscripts.

Moorland-Springarn Research Center (Howard University)
Collections include more than 175,000 bound volumes and tens of thousands of journals, periodicals, and newspapers; more than 17,000 feet of manuscript and archival collections; nearly 1000 audio tapes; hundreds of artifacts; 100,000 prints, photographs, maps, and other graphic items.

Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection
Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. papers housed at the Robert W. Woodruff Atlanta University Center Library.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a national research library devoted to collecting, preserving and providing access to resources documenting the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
The NMAAHC is scheduled open in Washington D.C. in 2015. The collection is currently located in the National Museum of American History.

Digital Collections

African Americans in California (UC Berkeley)
An online exhibit from the Bancroft Library that highlights the library's archival, print and digital collections relating to the history of African Americans in the West, including the NAACP Western Regional Archive, and the papers of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters union.

Black Panther Party Legacy
Numerous photos, films, and documents archiving the history and legacy of the BPP.

Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers Project (UCLA)
Includes documents, photos, and sound recordings from the Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers.

New York Historical Society : Manuscript Collections Relating to Slavery
The New York Historical Society has placed its fourteen most important manuscript collections relating to slavery online. The collection includes diaries, account books, letter books, ships’ logs, indentures, bills of sale, personal papers, and records of institutions.

W.E.B. DuBois Papers (University of Massachusetts)
Includes papers, manuscripts, letters and nearly 900 photographs of the life and work of W.E.B. DuBois.


AFAS: African American Studies Librarians Section, Association of College & Research Libraries, American Library Association

Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH)

National Council for Black Studies (NCBS)



Giving to the Library

African American Studies collections at UC Berkeley are one of the strongest in the nation. The collection supports research throughout the campus including the Africana Ph.D. program in the Department of African American Studies.  Your help will insure this fine collection continues to grow and support African American Studies at Berkeley.

The following types of gifts are available:

Cash Gifts for Book Purchases
Cash contributions of any amount are welcomed as they will support the purchase of new books supporting the African American Studies.

Book Donations 
Gifts of scholarly materials and the results of research have historically represented a significant element in the development of Berkeley's outstanding research collections. We welcome individual gifts, but due to space and staff limitations, we must be judicious in accepting large contributions. Donations of recently published books are welcomed. New book purchases will be checked to ensure titles aren’t already on order.

Please contact Dirk Kennedy to discuss your donation of books.

Memorial and Honorific Gifts
Contributions given in memory or in honor of a person are welcomed. For a gift of $1,000 or more, a named memorial book fund can be established. A special book plate will be created and placed in each book.

Named Endowment
An endowed fund is established in perpetuity and has a continuing impact on creating a strong African American Studies collection. A named endowment requires a minimum gift of $50,000. The donor may specify an area of interest, e.g., African American history, Black Arts Movement, etc. The University invests its endowments carefully to achieve a healthy rate of return that provides for both current needs and long-term growth. A special book plate will be placed in each book.

Contribute Online
Donations can be made online using the Library Fund Online Gift Form and by designating that your gift is for the African American Studies Collection at the bottom of the form.

Contribue By Mail
All checks should be made payable to the UC Regents (specify it is for the African American Studies Collection) and mailed to:

Jason Schultz
Librarian for Africana Collections

438 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

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