Alexandria Library, Special Collections: Guide to African-American Resources

Guide to African-American Resources

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This resource guide is intended to present an overview of materials available for the study of African-American history in the Alexandria Library Local History/Special Collections division. It is an update of the material presented in Lucy Barber's 1992 bibliography entitled African American History Sources. The guide focuses on recent publications, acquisitions and Internet resources, in addition to providing listings for older resources which remain important in the field.

The guide has been divided into four sections by topic: General and Reference resources, materials about African-American genealogy, sources on Alexandria, and sources on Virginia. Each section includes resources in several formats, including books, manuscript collections, microfilm, and Internet sites. Since the guide is intended to showcase recently-acquired materials, it in no way covers all of the library's resources that would interest patrons researching African-American history. Please check the library catalog or our Online Collection Guides for other material.

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