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African American Studies: Primary Source Databases

Welcome to the African American Studies research guide at the Yale University Library. This guide provides an overview of library resources and tools for pursuing research in African American Studies.

Collections with several types of materials Books, manuscripts, newspapers, etc.

History and Biography

ProQuest History Vault has several collections with materials in the area of African American Studies. We have access to all modules in the Civil Rights and Black Freedom Struggle collection and access to selected modules in other collections. Links to the specific modules in the Civil Rights and Black Freedom Struggle collection are included below, but you can combine modules when searching or search all content from the ProQuest History Vault home page. Look for the "Browse" link to find detailed descriptions of the modules.


Civil Rights and the Black Freedom Struggle:

Newspaper and Periodical Databases

Government and Legal Information

Literature, Visual and Performing Arts


Literature, Visual and Performing Arts