It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Yale libraries will be closed Nov. 25 – Jan. 5. Online services and access to library materials will continue. See COVID-19 library updates.
The databases that are listed on this page are intended to provide historical context for today's Black Lives Matter movement and provide records of earlier social movements that have campaigned against police brutality and racial discrimination.
The African American Police League was founded by African American policemen in Chicago and sought to fight racial discrimination and police brutality in the Chicago Police Department. The database is a digitized version of the manuscript collection officially archived at the Chicago History Museum. The collection is available through the ProQuest History Vault.
Collections that are part of Archives Unbound include:
- Papers of Amiri Baraka, Poet Laureate of the Black Power Movement
- Fannie Lou Hamer: Papers of a Civil Rights Activitist, Political Activist, and Woman
- FBI Surveillance of James Forman and SNCC
- Black Liberation Army and the Program of Armed Struggle
- Liberation Movement in Africa and African America
- Fight for Racial Justice and the Civil Rights Congress
- Federal Surveillance of African Americans, 1920-1984
- Bush Presidency and Development and Debate Over Civil Rights Policy and Legislation
- Black Nationalism and the Revolutionary Action Movement: The Papers of Muhammad Ahmad (Max Stanford)
- "We Were Prepared for the Possibility of Death:" Freedom Riders in the South, 1961
Four collections that are available through the ProQuest History Vault:
- Federal Government Records
- Federal Government Records, Supplement
- Organizational Records and Personal Papers, Part 1
- Organizational Records and Personal Papers, Part 2
Arranged into six modules that are available through the ProQuest History Vault:
- NAACP Papers: Board of Directors, Annual Conferences, Major Speeches, and National Staff Files
- NAACP Papers: Branch Department, Branch Files, and Youth Department Files
- NAACP Papers: Special Subjects
- NAACP Papers: The NAACP's Major Campaigns--Education, Voting, Housing, Employment, Armed Forces
- NAACP Papers: The NAACP's Major Campaigns--Legal Department Files
- NAACP Papers: The NAACP's Major Campaigns--Scottsboro, Anti-Lynching, Criminal Justice, Peonage, Labor, and Segregation and Discrimination Complaints and Responses
Records of speeches, reports, surveys, and analyses produced by Fisk University's Race Relations Department from 1943-1970. The Race Relations Department and its annual Institute were set up by the American Missionary Association. The original records are housed at the Amistad Research Center in New Orleans. The materials range from interviews and statistics to educational pamphlets and administrative correspondence produced by the Department's staff, to photographs and speeches from the Annual Race Relations Institutes where participants included Charles S. Johnson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Thurgood Marshall.