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American History Subject Guide (archived): African-American history

Resources for study and research in United States history

Organizations and museums

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Part of the Smithsonian Institution, this museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC, opened in September 2016.

Museum of African American History

In Boston

Association for the Study of African American Life & History

The organization that originated and coordinates Black History Month.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Part of the New York Public Library. Especially see Digital Schomburg.

Encyclopedias in the library

View these in print in the Castleton library

Reference ebooks

Click on the book title to access it online.  Subscription resources. Log-in required for off-campus access.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading about race and social justice in America


A list compiled by the African American Intellectual History Society after the June 2015 shootings in Charleston, South Carolina.  "These readings provide valuable information about the history of racial violence in this country and contextualize the history of race relations in South Carolina and the United States in general."

You can follow the continued #Charlestonsyllabus conversation on Twitter, and the list generated by GoodReads readers.


A list compiled by the Atlantic magazine, also crowdsourced originally, after the police shooting and protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

You can follow the continued #Fergusonsyllabus conversation on Twitter.

Ta-Nehisi Coates' Reading List

List compiled by Maira Liriano, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, from an interview with the author in the 2015.  Video of the interview below.

Subscription source for streaming video

Streaming video of a wide range of documentary, archival and educational films.  See the list of African-American Studies videos. (Subscription resource.  Log-in required for off-campus access.)

Using the VSC online catalog

Use the

Vermont State Colleges Online Catalog

to browse or search for books and more
in the holdings of the VSC libraries.

See the headings and materials listed under the heading

African Americans History

Other libraries' guides

Howard University Libraries' guides related to

Africana Studies


Genealogy resources for African-Americans

African-American resources from Cyndi's List

African-American Genealogy Research from the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore

African-American Gateway from the Allen County (Indiana) Public Library
Genealogy resources by state

Online exhibits

In Motion The African-American Migration Experience

From the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Presents maps, and thousands of texts and illustrations. Organized around thirteen defining migrations that have formed and transformed African America and the nation.


African-American History Month resources

African-American History Month from the Library of Congress